Goodbye Tesla Roadster the electric car that could

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Goodbye Tesla Roadster: the car that could

It has been a credited with completely the image of the electric car, now it is all for the Tesla Roadster as its maker to end production and move onto new. With its blistering Tom Stewart gets behind the of Tesla’s milk-float image-busting car for a chance to say goodbye to car truly of the word ‘icon’.

Observers of the car scene will know after three-and-half years, of the Lotus-based Tesla Roadster is to end.

As of mid/late next Tesla’s only offering be new Model S saloon, and, if all according to plan, that be followed a year or so later by the X SUV. There’s also of a Tesla cabrio and a van, but the Paulo Alto maker rustle-up a next-generation Roadster it probably won’t happen at least 2014.

With the Roadster’s time up, and never having even sat in a an invitation to drive one in Switzerland was not to be

How so? About a year ago, ex F1 Erik Comas launched his Cars Challenge company in with the ambition of ‘promoting high-speed fun on some of the world’s scenic roads’. To this end it lease Tesla Roadsters for events and road rallies. (In a Roadster driven by Comas was the electric vehicle to win the three-day, Monte Carlo Alternative Rally, and the first EV to win any FIA-sanctioned

Tesla Stronghold

With having recently delivered its car in Switzerland, the country has the highest per Tesla ownership of any country.

to Vice President of Worldwide and Ownership Experience, George That Switzerland has embraced the makes complete sense. consumers are thought leaders who cutting edge technology as as environmentally-responsible solutions.

What Mr Blankenship might have mentioned is that the Swiss are generally better than most to afford a sports car costing from So, perhaps it’s no coincidence five of Comas’ Roadsters now in the undergound car park of Geneva’s exclusive La Reserve hotel and are for rent.

Unfortunately, the weather for my was miserable with very low and constant rain, which put me off for the nearby Jura Mountains.

So and starting on a 90 per cent charge, I the coast road from along the shores of the Lake via Lausanne to Montreux at the far end of the lake, around there for about 20 headed back to Geneva on the at a decent but not a criminal pace, and trundled around Geneva for 20 minutes or so.

I didn’t take of my exact mileage — wrists slapped — but only stamped the throttle to the about three or four and then only briefly, I back at the hotel on reduced with an indicated 17 miles after 140 miles or thereabouts.

Although a Roadster has managed a 311 miles on a single charge (at the average of 25mph), Tesla’s of 211 miles — based on the EV combined cycle — to me to be optimistic by about 38 miles.

with all other production cars that’s good, the in fact, at least until the of the 300-mile Model S, but the Roadster’s obviously falls massively of any internal combustion-engined production Although its 6,831-cell lithium-ion is cheap to recharge (about it takes at least 3.5 hours the 240v/70amp. 2,300 (plus high-power wall connector.


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I’m not about to on a full road test especially for a car that’s already reviewed to within an inch of its but here are some thoughts and

It’s quick; exceptionally, quick, and I certainly wouldn’t Tesla’s 3.7secs to 60 claim. And its is so immediate and positive that passenger will certainly a verbal warning before you on all of its 288bhp and 295lb/ft (from At motorway speeds its punch is violent, but still worthy of a performance car.

With no assistance the Roadster’s steering muscle at parking speeds, but on the move it’s pure joy it feels direct and connected in a way eludes all power-assisted systems. needless to say, it corners and flat, and grips tenaciously, in the wet. The ride is firm but and in normal driving you’ll need the brakes as the energy system slows the car quite

The cabin is small and a little but apart from cheapo column stalks (from an old parts bin), it’s and finished to a high standard. The function of the optional Alpine system is far from intuitive the air turned blue during my more than a few times but at least I didn’t get lost. The camera is handy as rear-view is restricted for those without a swivelling neck.

The smaller touchscreen in the centre displays range (as does a display beneath the combined and rev counter) and allows you to switch modes, but can also show torque, g-force, and will remind you how much petrol you have used.

Greens, and loners

To summarise, Tesla’s is admirable, its engineering impressive and the experience fabulous. But of the 100 now sold in and the 2,000 worldwide, almost all have gone to wealthy geeks and loners.

Loners? unless you trailer the car to and from the you can forget doing track and that long weekend run to Le in the company of chums with Caterhams, Boxsters or 458s unless you live in the Portsmouth the Tesla might not make it And if it did then you’d need to be you could make use of your mobile charging kit upon

So, for most of us, the electric sports terrific though this one is, is in progress’.

Electric Car Pariss Electric Roadster
Electric Car Pariss Electric Roadster
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