Tesla Roadster 100 – my dream car had arrived!

Tesla Roadster 100

Well, not on my driveway, not yet anyways. However, I am excited to watch the development of this car ever since I first saw the ad in Popular Science about half a year ago. It looks great and it packs some pure power (pun intended). Here is what they’ve got:

The specs are from Tesla website:

Tesla Roadster Specifications*

Tesla Roadster Specifications
Style: 2-seat, open-top, rear-drive roadster
Drivetrain: Electric motor with 2-speed electric-shift manual transmission with integral differential
Motor: 3-phase, 4-pole electric motor, 248hp peak (185kW), redline 13,500 rpm, regenerative “engine braking”
Chassis: Bonded extruded aluminum with 4-wheel wishbone suspension
Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Acceleration: 0 to 60 in about 4 seconds
Top Speed: Over 130 mph
Range: 250 miles EPA highway
Battery Life: Useful battery life in excess of 100,000 miles
Energy Storage System: Custom microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion battery pack
Full Charge: As short as 3.5 hours

Thanks for the folks at greenthinkers.org for the link to Tesla Motor’s official website. Up until today I though this is still some one-of-a-kind high-tech garage contraption but now I realize that they may be more ready for primetime than I thought (hence the title of this post). Estimated delivery of a car you make a $50,000 downpayment for is February 2008. I certainly hope to see the car on an autoshow in my area before that time.

In the meantime though, check out the (minimalistic) instrument panel. You’ve got only speed to worry about, what do you need al those other dials for!Tesla Roadster 100 interior



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