I want one! I really do. I really want one badly, but the $90,000 price tag is quite hefty. It doesn’t help that there are only two in existence to date–well, that’s until Tesla gets to produce more (which I won’t probably afford, still).
The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric sports car. It costs $90,000 and doesn’t come out until next year, but it cooks. The car and its technology were unveiled this week at a promotional event in Santa Monica, Calif.
“Burn rubber, not gasoline,” the Tesla website tagline says. What’s great about this roadster is (1) it doesn’t need gas at all, and (2) it goes from zero to sixty MPH in 3.5 seconds. Whoa! And the best part of it is that you hear no noise at all!
Well, that can be good or bad, depending on your tastes. Some people, after all, go for the noisy vroom that comes with burning rubber. And if you’re worried about running out of juice in the middle of nowhere, the car features regenerative braking–meaning you get to recharge the batteries too, while running, as the roadster will convert kinetic energy into stored energy. Also, you get to top up in just 3.5 hours. Not bad for a 250-mile range.
Interested with the specs?
- 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
Users wouldn’t probably be too happy when the electric bill comes, but hey, if you can afford to spend $90,000 on an electric-powered roadster, you can probably foot the electricity bill.
I really want one.