125Mph Tesla Roadster solves electric car performance deficiency

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125mph Tesla Roadster solves electric car performance deficiency

British-made electric sports car offers super-car performance. Image: Tesla Motors.

While many road users would likely be keen to throw their support behind eco-friendly electric cars, a persistent lack of performance-related oomph has repeatedly left electric alternatives occupying a somewhat undesirable niche — until now.

More pointedly, the Tesla Roadster arrives as a sleek, …, and, more importantly, swift sports coupe that is being described as a thoroughbred breakthrough for the burgeoning electric car stable thanks to 0-60mph (approx. 0-100kph) acceleration of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 125mph (approx. 200kph).

Of course, the Tesla s accompanying price tag of 92,000 GBP ($172,000 USD) will shatter the green dreams of most mainstream motorists, but the car s designers are actively targeting their little electric wonder at the world s more affluent drivers.

Helping bolster its air of exclusive desirability, UK spreadsheet The Independent notes that the Tesla Roadster has already caught the eye of Hollywood stars such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.

Despite its admirable acceleration and speed attributes, the Tesla s conventional super-car performance will mean little should it glide to a beautifully silent stop because its operational charge suffers as a result.

However, the Roadster s creators offer that a mere three-hour charge will deliver up to 220 road miles, which certainly means eco-owners can enjoy the car s benefits without worrying that it won t make it to the local store and back without requiring a tow.

While its performance and style appear to be strong enough to attract speed and ecological enthusiasts alike, the Tesla Roadster has also caught the eye of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), which believes its near-silent running could well pose a danger to ordinary pedestrians, the blind and fellow road-using cyclists.

Technology is now out there that can boost running noise of these electric cars and we would encourage its use in all new electric models, said RoSPA road safety campaigner Duncan Vernon. There are going to be more and more electric cars of different types on our roads in years to come, so we need to be considering these issues now.

Despite RoSPA s concerns, California-based Tesla has said it will not be employing the artificial engine noise technology that was recently rolled out by UK-based Lotus Engineering (which is manufacturing the Tesla’s chassis) and demonstrated on the well known Toyota Prius electric hybrid.

According to company spokesman Darryl Siry, the Roadster is not completely silent, and does generate some road noise. Siry has also commented that Tesla drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully and be aware that they do not put pedestrians at risk.

The Tesla Roadster is already amassing a degree of popularity in the United States, where it has thus-far managed to attract some 1,100 orders. Prospective buyers in Europe armed with sufficiently deep pockets should get their orders in quickly as only a mere 250 Roadsters are earmarked for the region, with 50 reportedly already attached to owners-in-waiting.

Eco-conscious drivers left deflated by the Roadster s distinctly heavyweight price tag can take some solace from knowing that Tesla intends to create a four-door and cheaper ‘Model S’ version in the near future.

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