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I had one of the greatest indulgent of my life the other day. For one Tesla Motors gave me a Roadster to do with what I This was a 2008 prototype in red.

From simply up a blog about the Volt two years ago, unbelievably I was now handed the keys to one of the most vehicles in the history of the industry, I it turns out, have a voice for the advocacy of electrification of the Below is my account of the experience, and DON T my video at the bottom of the post.

It was a crisp and cold Winter when I drove down to a Manhattan parking garage seemed like any other. I along a friend of mine, a doctor with a deep of automotive engineering and who happens to be a with very good

After dropping off my car and giving the the secret password, within a shiny red Tesla Roadster was the before my eyes.

At first the car seemed strikingly smaller I imagined it to be, and not surprisingly looked a lot a Lotus Elise. This not be too surprising as Lotus designed the Tesla’s body. Here me was the car that by most accounts and in experts opinions represent the point in automotive history.

The vehicle is the link I think it one day be known as between the ancient gas automobiles and the future electric to come.

Getting into the car a little gymnastics as it is small and low to the ground. Once inside it was like being in another It had a raw yet exclusive feel, and gave one the of being inside a race

I sat very snugly in my seat and in narrow space found quite thrilled.

The steering struck me because of its very radius and hearty grips, what one would expect for a car. There was no power so steering the car a low speeds required a bit of

The displays were also anything you’d see in a typical To the left was a battery silhouette- LCD meter that displayed how charge remained, on the left it you how far you could drive if you kept at the level of aggressiveness of the previous to the right was how far you could drive if you the EPA schedule. For me, I started at around 100 EPA. You see the car wasn’t fully as full capacity is 244 miles. had only days before it into New York from and did not yet have 220v access nor a charger.

My ride north to my suburban would be about 50 miles.

were found along a center console along the which included the shifter and brake, as well as climate The housing was a raw carbon fiber The leather seats were and taught.

Turning to look and there was the rear windshield; back seat nor semblance of space could be found. was no glovebox either but a short shelf was available on the passenger adequate for some storage. I didn t notice it, there is a which swings out from the s side of the center console.

the key lit up the displays and triggered the emission of a chime indicating the car was ready for Then the fun began.

Stepping on accelerator on that certain in February was something I’ll forget. The tremendous powerhouse of tension pent up in that lithium battery pack at my most immediate disposal. I was the car would be uncontrollable, remembering Internet photo of a Tesla end crumpled into the car ahead of it. But that wasn’t the case.

The was easily controlled with effort on the throttle. A throttle I add that was delightfully responsive.

I got out of the parking garage and onto a open street, my moment had arrived.

With the gusto of ten of oil burning cars behind me I that accelerator down.

One word describes the result…unworldly.

The race car literally exploded space with a mid-tone electrical whine that more like a spaceship any car I’d ever heard.

The profound pinned me back into the and made me want to yell you would on a rollercoaster. Surely I had the grin.

Letting off the accelerator was as well. You see you could feel the regenerative drag which the vehicle to quickly slow, and continue to the point of stopping without hitting the brakes. itself was effective and not overly

The car handled like a performance The tight manual steering precision and brisk turns and the car the road well. The double suspension allowed for great but also caused you to feel pothole and bump in the road and quite a few loud pavement

I took the car through the streets of and stopped for a few photo ops in Times and by the Met Life building on Park

I drove it up the highways towards New York. The acceleration continued to and thrill me. The car could accelerate even starting out at 50 to 60 mph.

Top is 125 mph, something I didn’t try to

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Another very unworldly from driving the car was the lack of a and gears, one of the hallmarks of electric that comes as a bonus in to the instantaneous torque. You see the motor s is 13000 RPMs, not the usual or so of conventional cars. Your tells you to expect to shift, but it happen, you can just keep faster and faster.

This is that takes a while for the circuits to adjust to.

The car was fascinatingly at slow speeds though at velocities wind noise was audible due to the removable top. The car was made of hand-crafted ultralight fiber, which made the hood and trunk a little as they had nearly no weight. the massive 53 kwh battery pack in its the car weighed in just under pounds including the battery

After about two hours of fun I arrived back at my house 16 miles of estimated range and 25 of EPA range. There was no way I was getting to the city to drop the car off! And was the three-headed, or should I say three-pronged that I’d only heard of, me right in the face…Range Anxiety!

my doctor friend and co-pilot had a with an arc-welder in his garage. And so as it need be, a 220V 50 amp power After a few unanswered calls we got a hold of him and drove to his house. At point my little range told me power reduced and almost empty.”

The small trunk of the Tesla, at best could hold a bag of golf clubs, held a of chargers and adapters. We finally a male plug that fit in our friend’s outlet, but this some reattaching of it to the copper

Finally the plug went the wall. We opened the door of the which of course wasn’t a gas but a unique four pronged port. The other end of the charger in twisted and locked.

Some and whirring sound were along with an eerie green light, and then most comforting of words up on the cars screen…charging.

After four hours running 220 V at 50 I found the car about 80% full and a range of 168 miles. And so it was that I deliver the car back to Manhattan. And so I did for glorious ride, and the occasional stare and thumbs up of people in cars who recognized this car. Passing the tolls on the Washington Bridge I could the shout of joy from one of the toll-collectors an electric car.” I sat in some Manhattan traffic getting to the parking garage and felt knowing no emissions were from my car despite the sea of fumes me.

I imagined the day all of those cars too electric.

The Tesla Roadster is a phenomenon, the remarkable product of can-do mentality and brute determination, proof to the world electric cars can work, are fun to drive, and will change the for the better. They can and should be for triggering the big automakers including GM to developing electric cars.

you Tesla Motors for this and opportunity. for helping to spur an revolution and taking those ginger steps to a world oil.


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