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Tesla shows off its all-electric Roadster sports car at 2010 NAIAS

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The Tesla Concept S comes with a range of up to 300 miles and the ability to switch its battery pack on long drives or recharge in just 45 minutes if you can find a 480-volt electrical outlet.

by Michele K.

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DETROIT -- The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric sports car produced by the electric car firm Tesla Motors. The Roadster is the only highway-capable electric vehicle for sale today; all other highway-capable EVs are prototypes or evaluation series from automakers that are trying to determine whether to go forward with an electric vehicle program.

The Roadster is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first production EV to travel more than 200 miles (320 km) per charge. The world distance record of 501 km (311 mi) for a production electric car on a single charge was set by a Roadster on October 27th, 2009 during the Global Green Challenge in outback Australia.

According to an independent analysis from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Roadster can travel 244 miles (393 km) on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack, and can accelerate from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 3.7 seconds. The Roadster's efficiency, as of September 2008, was reported as 120 mpgge (2.0 L/100 km). It uses 135 W·h/km (21.7 kW·h/100mi or 490 kJ/km) battery-to-wheel, and has an efficiency of 92% on average.

Tesla has shipped more than 900 Roadsters to customers in the United States and Europe, and it is taking orders from Canada, with Canadian deliveries expected to begin soon. The base price is US$109,000.

Tesla sells Roadsters directly to customers. It sells online, in showrooms and over a toll-free phone line in North America and Europe. Tesla does not operate through franchise dealerships but operates company-owned stores. The company has said that it takes its retail cues from Apple, Starbucks and other non-automotive retailers.

Tesla Motors announced plans to sell the battery system to TH!NK and possibly others through its Tesla Energy Group division. The TH!NK plans were put on hold by interim CEO Michael Marks in September, 2007.

In a November 27, 2006, review of a prototype Roadster in Slate, Paul Boutin wrote, "A week ago, I went for a spin in the fastest, most fun car I've ever ridden in—and that includes the Aston Martin I tried to buy once. I was so excited, in fact, that I decided to take a few days to calm down before writing about it. Well, my waiting period is over, I'm thinking rationally, and I'm still unbelievably stoked about the Tesla."

This was Shaun K. and Michele K.'s favorite sports car at the Auto Show.

For more information, visit http://www.teslamotors.com/.

 

PHOTO BY MICHELE K. / ©AMERICAJR.com

A look inside the Tesla Concept S electric vehicle.

 

PHOTO BY MICHELE K. / ©AMERICAJR.com

This is Tesla's 1,000th Roaster ever produced.

 

This page was last updated on Mon, January 18, 2010 4:40 PM

 

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