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Tesla Roadster Electric Cars

Harry Metcalfe drives the electrically-powered Tesla Roadster and at the company’s plans

A cost of £8 for 220 of motoring is massively appealing

The may still be at the concept stage, but one sports car that’s already on is the Tesla Roadster. With orders already taken, has now started at the Lotus factory in Norfolk, with the first due to be delivered to customers in the US in October.

The 250 cars have been special editions and will with a number of extras as amongst them a unique design. This initial run also include a number of EU – some for the UK – which will rolling off the line in May 2009. The is to ramp up production to 2000 a year by 2010.

The company had hoped its Roadster hit the streets in 2007, but durability with the unique two-speed units the car was originally going to use put a to that. In the end the two-speed unit had to be and replaced with a single-speed design that could be in-house, alongside the bespoke 280lb ft, 14,000rpm electric The only problem then was out how to meet the original performance without the two-speed ’box…

The solution was to raise the maximum released from the battery from 600 amps to 850, a 0-60mph time of 3.9secs and a top of 125mph.

These seem bold performance claims, but now driven a Tesla in anger, I can you that this car is laugh-out-loud Think of an Elise into someone has installed a 5-litre V8 with the mother of all silencers and have some idea of it is like to drive. It’s surreal how no-one takes any of the car in traffic because of its silent and tiny dimensions.


Perhaps the best news is the steering still feels that of the Elise it is based on and joyous Lotus sensation of inertia still filters to the driver, despite the massive battery pack strapped on top of the motor.

That power is made up of 6831 lithium-ion that, according to Tesla vice president Darryl costs around £11,000 to It should last five or 100,000 miles before it replacing, but with battery falling by around 3 per cent year and capacities increasing by 8 per annually, that problem diminish with time.

One problem with this of battery is that it only efficiently in a narrow temperature so energy has to be expended to keep its constant, and while the battery’s is equivalent to 53kWh it takes to charge thanks to energy (as heat) during the charging

The idea of charging it overnight (it eight hours to get a full from a domestic supply) at a of around £8 for 220 miles of motoring is massively appealing, though. the car’s £92,000 price tag only the wealthy will be to benefit.

Tesla has plans for other, affordable models, though, a coupe, saloon and SUV, costing around half the of the Roadster. The three models have aluminium bodies and the same basic layout of the Roadster’s motor and gearbox but all-new, flat battery that will make up the floor. Production numbers are to be around 20,000 units across the three models.

far fetched? Just remember Tesla chairman Elon was the co-founder of online payments PayPal – and its largest shareholder it was sold to eBay for $1.5bn – so at Tesla aren’t exactly

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