Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tesla Electric Roadster is Faster Than Your Car

American and German auto makers dragged their feet for decades claiming they couldn't produce a practical electric vehicle, so folks from the computer industry decided to create their own auto company to show that it could be done.

Because one of the biggest complaints about electric cars is that they won't have the kind of power of a gasoline powered engine, the founders of Tesla set out to produce a fast, powerful sports car. Once having proven they could do that then they could go ahead and produce regular sedans for the rest of us.

The Tesla Motors roadster is an all-electric vehicle with zero emissions. There’s no engine, no fuel tank, just a deep bank of lithium-ion batteries and a single-gear, direct-drive motor that hits maximum torque instantly. The sport edition goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds - faster than a Chevy Corvette, the Porsche 911 and the Ferrari Spider.

The Tesla roadster is a low-slung, two-door, hard-top convertible with cockpit seats that has a range of 244 miles on a full charge, (proven in real-world driving tests). It meets all the standard safety requirements and looks and handles like any other exotic roadster, including the Lotus. Tesla is an all-electric car that can compete with elite gasoline sportscars at about the same expensive price. The company has now begun offering a four-door sedan for $49,900 that will be delivered in 2011.

Click on the heading above to go to Tesla's Web site.

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