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Tesla Roadster: Test Your Electric Dream Car

PC Magazine reader: I just a ride in your dream If there was ever a vehicle design was inspired by PC technology, the Tesla Roadster, a 100-percent car under development at a 170-person just south of San Francisco.

Due on the this fall, at a price of the Tesla is powered by the same battery cells that the average laptop or smartphone, and you can it from an ordinary wall There’s even a grate the rear fender where the car hot air, just like the desktop PC.

Several prototypes are already and last night, I was invited to the company’s Silicon Valley for a spin down the freeway. No, I get to drive. Each prototype was at a cost of over a million and only the lucky few covered by the insurance policy are permitted the wheel. But I did get the rush of sitting in the seat of this Lotus-like convertible.

And what a rush it is!

with an AC induction motor no larger than a watermelon, it zero to 60 in about 4 seconds. But not just the acceleration that It’s the way this car accelerates. a gasoline-powered car, which has little torque at low RPMs, the reaches 100 percent torque the instant it starts forward.


You don’t wait even a for that acceleration to kick in. It in immediately. The effect is like you’ve ever experienced.

And not the half of it. Even as it reaches the of leading sports cars, are non-existent when I say 100 percent I mean 100 percent electric and to the company, the car gets the equivalent of 135 to the gallon. Translation: If you charge car at night, during off-peak when it makes the most to charge it, you’re paying as as one cent per mile.

The Tesla has yet to be independently tested the version doesn’t roll off the line until the fall and you may save powering the car is certainly by the initial $92,000 price But it’s hard not to admire the simply as a feat of engineering.

The 900-pound battery, or Energy System, includes 6,831 cells, each about the of a double-A alkaline. Plugged an ordinary wall socket, it in about 7 hours. But if you use a specially in-home charging unit, the company plans to include the car at no extra cost, you can charge up in four hours.

A full-charge gets you 250 miles of on the open road (the has yet to test stop-and-go performance).

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We get with V2V, GM’s new safety network.

According to Luk, the Tesla engineer who each prototype, the battery is with 13 separate processors monitor everything from and temperature to smoke levels. To appropriate temperatures inside the the car includes both radiator and a liquid-cooling system. And that a joke: The cooling vents in the of the car work much like the vents on an ordinary desktop PC.

The AC weighs a mere 70 pounds, and are no more than two moving It sits in the rear of the car, with the battery and the cooling Under the hood, you’ll only the radiator and an air conditioning (the one used to cool the

The entire package is monitored and by an onboard computer known as the PEM Electronics Module), also in the rear of the car. The Linux-based PEM and monitors everything from the and rotation of the motor to braking and charging. From a digital just under the steering you can monitor performance stats on own.

You can even see if someone has opened the trunk. Like I This is your dream

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