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The Roadster is a battery electric (BEV) sports car produced by the car firm Tesla Motors in The Roadster was the first highway-capable vehicle in serial production in the United States. Tesla had more than 1,200 sold in at least 28 countries as of 2010.

Tesla began right-hand-drive Roadsters in early for the British Isles, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The is the first production automobile to use battery cells and the first BEV (all-electric) to travel more 200 miles (320 km) per charge. The distance record of 501 km (311 mi) for a electric car on a single charge was set by a on October 27, 2009, during the Green Challenge in outback in which it averaged a speed of 25 mph (40 In March 2010, a Tesla became the first electric to win the Monte Carlo Alternative Rally and the first to win any Federation de l’Automobile-sanctioned championship when a driven by former Formula One Érik Comas beat 96 for range, efficiency and performance in the nearly 1,000-kilometer (621 challenge.

According to the U.S. the Roadster can travel 244 miles km) on a single charge of its lithium-ion pack, and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 in 3.7 seconds. The Roadster’s efficiency, as of 2008, was reported as 120 mpgge L/100 km).

It uses 135 (21.7 kW·h/100 mi, 13.5 km or 490 kJ/km) battery-to-wheel, and has an efficiency of 92% on

The Roadster has a base price of in the U.S. and a base price of in the UK and €84,000 in continental Europe. As an vehicle, the Roadster also for several government incentives in nations.

The car was officially unveiled to the on July 19, 2006, in Santa California, at a 350-person invitation-only held in Barker Hangar at Monica Airport.

The San Francisco Auto Show, held on 18–26, 2006, was the Tesla first auto show. Roadsters have been in numerous subsequent auto including international shows in Los Detroit and Frankfurt.

The first Roadster was delivered in February to Tesla co-founder, chairman and architect Elon Musk. The produced 500 similar vehicles June 2009. In July Tesla began production of its model-year Roadster—the first product upgrade since began production in 2008. Tesla began producing the Sport, the first derivative of proprietary, patented powertrain.

The car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, compared to 3.9 for the standard Roadster. Changes for the model-year cars include:

An interior and push-button gear including executive interior of carbon fiber and premium and clear-coat carbon fiber accents.

Locking, push-button box wrapped in leather.

A centrally video display screen to real-time data, including range, power regenerated, and the of barrels of oil saved. This screen is visible to the driver and

Adjustable, custom-tuned suspension the option of sport and comfort

More powerful and immediate ventilation and air-conditioning.

More motor and hand-wound stator. The new generates more kilowatts per mechanical power—than the predecessor.

A of sound-deadening measures to dramatically noise, vibration and harshness. For engineers added pellets to a of the chassis side rail. pellets expand by 5,000 during the adhesive heating to eliminate rattles.

Beginning 2010, Tesla Motors, in an to show off the practicality of its electric sent one of its Roadsters around the Starting at the Geneva autoshow, the will travel until its at the Paris Autoshow on September 28,

In July 2010, Tesla the Roadster 2.5, the latest of the Roadster. New features in Roadster 2.5

A new look, which includes a new fascia with diffusing and rear diffuser reflecting the of Tesla design

Directional wheels available in both and black

New seats with comfort, larger more bolsters and a new lumbar support

Power control hardware enables spirited driving in hot climates

An optional 7 touchscreen with back-up camera

interior sound reduction new front fender liner make the cabin quieter

The is the most expensive prize offered on The Price Is Right, 845, in a playing of Green on April 22, 2010. A Roadster is as a promotional tool for sustainable

Development

The Roadster was developed by Motors to mass produce AC tzero concept car. The idea was conceived by Martin and Marc Tarpenning who incorporated Motors in Delaware on July 1, to pursue the idea commercially. African-born entrepreneur Elon took an active role the company starting in 2004, investing US$7.5 million, Roadster product design the beginning, and greatly expanding long-term strategic sales to include developing mainstream after the sports car. became Tesla’s Chairman of the in April 2004 and had helped JB Straubel as chief technology in March 2004.

Musk the Global Green 2006 design award for the design of the Roadster, presented by Mikhail and he received the 2007 Index award for the design of the Tesla

Before Tesla had developed the proprietary powertrain, the company AC Propulsion’s EV Power System and Reductive Charging patent covers integration of the charging with the inverter, thus mass, complexity, and cost. then designed and built its own electronics, motor, and other components that incorporated licensed technology from AC Given the extensive redevelopment of the Tesla Motors no longer any proprietary technology from AC

The Roadster’s powertrain is unique.

On 11 2005, Tesla and British car maker Lotus entered an about products and services on the Lotus Elise, where provided advice on designing and a vehicle as well as producing assembled vehicles, and amended in helped with basic development. The Roadster has a parts of roughly 6 percent with the Elise. Tesla’s designers to construct the body panels resin transfer molded fiber composite to minimize this choice makes the one of the least expensive cars an entirely carbon fiber

Several prototypes of the Tesla were produced from through 2007. Initial were done in two test vehicles based on Lotus equipped with all-electric systems. Ten Engineering Prototypes through EP10) which led to minor changes were built and tested in late and early 2007.

Tesla produced at least 26 Validation (VP1 through VP26) were delivered beginning in 2007. These final were endurance and crash in preparation for series production.

In 2007, Martin Eberhard was by an interim CEO, Michael Marks accepted the temporary while a recruitment drive into place. In December Ze’ev Drori became the CEO and of Tesla Motors. In October Musk succeeded Ze’ev as CEO. Drori became Chairman and left the company in

In January 2008, the NHTSA that it would grant a of the advanced air bag rule noting the Tesla Roadster already standard air bags; similar have been granted to other small volume as well, including Lotus, and Bugatti. Tesla delivered its production car in February 2008 to

Tesla announced in early 2009 that Roadster had resulted in overall corporate for the month of July 2009. The said it earned approximately million on revenue of US$20 Profitability arose primarily improved gross margin on the Roadster, the second iteration of award-winning sports car.

which like all automakers revenue when products are shipped a record 109 vehicles in and reported a surge in new Roadster

Tesla, which signed a contract with Group in 2007 to produce gliders cars minus electric for the Roadster, announced in early that Roadster production continue until early in part due to tooling changes at assembly plant in the UK.

Production

cumulative production of the Roadster 1,000 cars in January The Roadster is an American car with a identification number common to all considered American manufactured, but it has from around the world. The panels come from supplier Sotira. These are from France to Hethel, where Tesla contracts Lotus to build the Roadster’s chassis.

The Roadster shares 6 percent of its components with the Elise; shared components the windshield, air bags, some some dashboard parts, and components. The Roadster’s single-speed is made in Detroit to Tesla’s by Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Borg Warner. Brakes and are made by Siemens in Germany, and crash testing was conducted at as well.

For Roadsters bound for in North America, the chassis is sent to Menlo Park, for final assembly. For Roadsters for customers in Europe or elsewhere of North America, the chassis is to a facility near Hethel, for final assembly. At these assembly locations, Tesla install the entire powertrain, consists of the battery pack, electronics module, gearbox and

Tesla also performs pre-delivery inspection on every car customers take ownership.

On 22 2010, Tesla ordered a of 2,400 units from until 31 December 2011.

of production

Subsequent to completion of car number one at Hethel, the company problems with transmission The development transmission, with gear enabled to accelerate 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 in 4 seconds, was reported to have a expectancy of as low as only a few thousand Tesla Motors’ first two suppliers were unable to transmissions, in quantity, that withstand the gear-shift requirements of the torque, high rpm electric In December 2007, Tesla announced plans to ship the Roadsters with the transmissions into second gear to 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) acceleration in 5.7 seconds. The production car was not delivered with interim solution; P1 has both gears enabled.

According to the the initial transmissions will be out under warranty when the transmission, power electronics (PEM), and cooling system available. The EPA range of the car was also downward from 245 to 221 miles to 356 km). The downward revision was to an error in equipment calibration at the that conducted the original

During the first two months of Tesla produced a total of Roadsters (P3/VINF002, P4/VINF004, and Production car # 1 (P1) and P2 were prior to the start of regular production, which began 17, 2008.

By September 10, 2008, had delivered 27 of the cars to customers. It was reported that a newer, transmission had been developed and production of the car was hoped to reach 20 per by December 2008, and 40 per week by 2009. Over the next 20 however, only 3 more had been delivered to customers brought the total to 30 as of September 30,

By November 19, 2008, more 70 of the cars had been delivered to

By December 9, 2008, the 100th car had delivered to its customer.

By February 11, 200 Roadsters had been produced.

By 2, 2009, 320 Roadsters had been

In May 2009, Tesla issued a recall for all 345 of its Roadsters that manufactured before April 22, Tesla sent technicians to homes to tighten the rear, hub flange bolts. Tesla told customers that this adjustment, the driver lose control of the car and crash.

The originated at the Lotus assembly that builds the Roadster and is also recalling some of its own Tesla reminded customers millions of cars are recalled year.

By the end of May 2009, the 500th had been delivered.

Tesla its first profit ever in 2009, when it shipped 109 the most ever so far for a single

By September 15, 2009, 700 Roadsters had delivered.

Tesla announced on 13, 2010, that it had produced its Roadster. The company has delivered to customers in 43 states and 21 countries In 2009 Tesla began orders from customers in and Canadian deliveries began in 2010.

In January 2010, began producing its first Roadsters for the UK and Ireland. The 2010 right-hand-drive Roadster includes a of unique noise-reduction materials and an sound system. The Roadster at £86,950 and costs about per mile.

On 29 January 2010, in a S-1 filing of its preliminary prospectus the U.S. Securities and Exchange the company stated that it halt production of the Roadster in and replace it with a new model would not be introduced until at the earliest: . we do not plan to sell our generation Tesla Roadster 2011 due to planned tooling at a supplier for the Tesla Roadster, and we do not plan to begin selling our generation Tesla Roadster at least one year after the of the Model S, which is not expected to be in until 2012.

On 16 March Tesla Motors announced it had negotiated agreements with key that will increase Roadster production by 40 percent and sales into 2012, indicating that it would into the Asian and Australian by 2011.

On 2 December 2010, had delivered more than Roadsters.

Tesla had delivered than 1,200 cars to in more than 25 countries by 2010. Tesla CEO, and Product Architect Elon said in June 2009 the company would begin a right-hand-drive version of the car in 2010. The price for the 2010 models, began shipping to customers in 2009, was US$109,000.

The Roadster has a 3-year, 36,000-mile (58,000 km) Tesla also offers an powertrain warranty and a battery warranty. Options ranging colors to audio to high-power for faster charging will the price.

In July 2009, announced that US consumers finance the Roadster through of America. Financing is available for up to 75 of the total vehicle purchase A customer approved for a 5-year term on a base Roadster put down as little as $20,000 taxes and net of the US federal tax credit. The payment would be approximately at a 5 percent annual percentage (APR).

That monthly is typical for high performance, the Roadster costs roughly $4 to and does not require routine oil or exhaust system work. internal combustion engines, get a 100 percent waiver on sales, and use taxes in at least four and they qualify for commuter privileges, free parking and charging in many regions.

sells Roadsters directly to It sells online, in 13 showrooms and toll-free phone lines in America and Europe. Tesla not operate through franchise but operates company-owned stores.

The has said that it takes its cues from Apple, and other non-automotive retailers.

the United States

The company has shipping cars to European since the summer of 2009. sold out of its EU special-edition vehicle, had a 2010 model-year production run of 250 with a base price of


Tesla opened a showroom in its first outside the US, on June 25, and announced at the same time it would start building models from early Tesla opened a store in in September 2009 and a store in in November 2009. It opened in Zurich and Copenhagen in the summer of

Reservations for the 2010 Roadster are for a 3,000 Euro refundable fee.

Electric vehicles much less service and than internal combustion vehicles. They do not require oil changes. They do not have any emissions and therefore do not require any or exhaust system work. do not require replacement spark pistons, hoses or belts.

The parts of the car—including the brakes, work and any interior and HVAC be performed by any qualified automotive exotic car garage or other provider.

Tesla recommends customers bring their car to a center for an antifreeze change five to seven years. website recommends the owner the vehicle in for service once a or every 12,000 miles. For concerns with Tesla’s powertrain, Tesla has created a service unit that company-trained technicians to customers’ or offices in case the owner is problems. Tesla charges the according to the distance the service needs to travel: one US dollar per roundtrip with a 100 dollar

Technicians drive company equipped with numerous and testing equipment to do in the field enhancements and software upgrades. debuted its house call in the spring of 2009, when the announced a recall due to a manufacturing in the Lotus assembly plant, also affected the Lotus and other models from the sports car maker.

The first Motors service center, in Los California, was opened on Santa Boulevard on May 1, 2008. Tesla publicly opened their showroom and service area in Park, California on July 22, The Menlo Park location is the final assembly area for Roadsters.

Tesla also service centers in New York Miami, Florida, Chicago, and Seattle, Washington.

Tesla to build additional service over the next few years to sales of its next vehicle, the S sports sedan. Planning is for an additional 15 service centers in States major metropolitan Possible locations for sales and locations in Europe were in a letter to customers in May 2008.

The roadster is powered by a 3-phase, electric motor, producing a net power of 248 hp (185 kW). torque is 200·ft-lbf (270 obtained at 0 rpm and almost constant up to rpm, a common feature of motors and one of the biggest differences the performance point of view) internal combustion engines. The is air-cooled and does not need a cooling system. The Sport introduced during the 2009 Auto Show includes a with a higher density, stator that produces a of 288 hp (215 kW).

Both are designed for rotational speeds of up to rpm, and the regular motor an efficiency of typically 90%, or 80% at power. It weighs less 70 pounds (32 kg).

Transmission

in September 2008 Tesla selected BorgWarner to manufacture and began equipping all Roadsters a single speed, fixed gearbox (8.2752:1) with an actuated parking pawl and a mechanical lubrication pump.

The previously worked with companies, including XTrac and International, to find the right transmission, but a two-gear solution to be too challenging. This led to substantial in production. At the Town Hall with owners in December Tesla announced plans to the initial 2008 Roadsters their interim Magna direct shift manual locked into second limiting the performance of the car to less what was originally stated (0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 in 5.7 seconds instead of the announced 4.0 Tesla also announced it upgrade those transmissions warranty when the final became available. At the Town Meeting with owners on 30, 2008, Tesla Motors the planned transmission upgrade as a gearbox with a drive of 8.27:1 combined with electronics and motor cooling retain the acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 in under 4 seconds and an improved limit of 14,000 rpm to retain the 125 mph km/h) top speed.

The upgraded also improved the maximum from 200 to 280 ft·lbf (270 to 380 and improves the Roadster’s quarter times.

Gear selector

In the the gear selector is similar to a automatic with buttons P,R,N and D while some models have a gear similar to that in cars manual transmission.

Performance

The 0 to 60 mph (0–97 km/h) acceleration is 3.9 seconds for the Standard Model and 3.7 for the 2010 Sport Model. which performed the first instrumented testing of the Roadster confirmed the company’s reported 0 to 60 mph of 3.7 seconds (MotorTrend recorded 0 to 60 mph of seconds; it recorded a quarter-mile at 12.6 sec @ 102.6 mph).The top is electronically limited to 125 mph (201 The Roadster covers the quarter-mile strip in 12.757 seconds at mph (168.56 km/h). It weighs 2,700 lb (1,200 kg) and is rear drive; most of the car’s is centered in front of the rear

Its body style and smooth result in a Cd of 0.35.

Tesla delivering the higher performance version of the Roadster in July The Roadster Sport has adjustable and a new hand-wound motor, capable of 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 in 3.7 seconds. Scotty Pollacheck, a driver for Killacycle, drove a Tesla Roadster Sport at the Invitational Drag Race in Ore. in July 2009. He did a (

400 m) in dry conditions in 12.643 seconds, a new record in the National Electric Racing Association among the class of vehicles.

The EPA combined (specifying distance traveled charges) measured in February for early production Roadsters was 231 mi km) city, 224 mi (360 km) highway, and 227 mi km) combined (city/highway). In August additional testing with the Powertrain 1.5 resulted in an EPA combined of 244 mi (393 km). The vehicle set a new record when it completed the (388 km) Rallye Monte d’Energies Alternatives with 36 (58 km) left on the charge.

Simon Hackett and Emilis broke the distance record for an vehicle, driving 501 km (311 from Alice Springs to South Australia, in Simon’s Roadster. The car had about 4.8 km (three of range left when the was completed.

Battery system

Motors refers to the Roadster’s pack as the Energy Storage or ESS. The ESS contains 6,831 ion cells arranged into 11 connected in series; each contains 9 bricks connected in each brick contains 69 connected in parallel (11S 9S The cells are of the 18650 form-factor found in laptop batteries. The is designed to prevent catastrophic failures from propagating to cells, even when the system is off. Coolant is continuously through the ESS both the car is running and when the car is turned off if the retains more than a 90%

The coolant pump draws 146

A full recharge of the battery requires 3½ hours using the Power Connector which 70 amp, 240 volt electricity; in recharge cycles usually from a partially charged and require less time. A charged ESS stores approximately 53 kWh of energy at a nominal 375 volts and 992 lb (450 kg).

Tesla stated in February 2009 the current replacement cost of the ESS is under USD$36,000, with an life span of 7 years/100,000 mi km), and began offering an option to pre-purchase a battery for USD$12,000 today with the to be delivered after seven The ESS is expected to retain 70% capacity 5 years and 50,000 miles km) of driving (10,000 miles km) driven each year). Motors provides a 3 year/36,000 warranty on the Roadster with an 4 year/50,000 mile extended available at an additional cost Roadster buyers received the extension at no cost while purchasers need to pay).

A warranty extension is available for and adds another 3/36 to the of components, excluding the ESS, for a of 6 years/72,000 mi (120,000 km).

Motors announced plans to the battery system to TH!NK and others through its Tesla Group division. The TH!NK were put on hold by interim CEO Marks in September 2007. now obtains their Lithium-Ion from Enerdel.

Recharging

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The Roadster uses a unique connector, although Tesla has they will convert to the SAE standard. The vehicle can be recharged

a wall-mounted 208–240 volt, 70 amp current Home Connector. appears to be the TS-70 charging from ClipperCreek.

a portable 40A maximum current Universal Connector cable that can into a NEMA 14-50 and other 240V receptacles adapters.

a portable 120V, 15A current Spare Mobile cable that plugs a standard North American socket.

Charging times depending on the ESS’s state-of-charge, the voltage, and the available circuit amp rating (current). In a best scenario, Tesla documents a time of just under 4 using a 240v charger on a 90 amp breaker and a worst case of 48 using a 120v outlet and a 15 amp

Energy efficiency

Evolution of the plug-to-wheel efficiency (smaller indicate better efficiency).

In 2006, Tesla Motors the Roadster’s battery-to-wheel efficiency as 110 (17.7 kW·h/100 mi) on an unspecified cycle (either a constant 60 mph (97 or SAE J1634 test) and stated a efficiency of 86% for an overall plug-to-wheel of 128 W·h/km (20.5 kW·h/100

In March 2007, Tesla reported the Roadster’s efficiency on the EPA cycle as 135 mpg [U.S.] equivalent, per the rate used by the EPA or 133 W·h/km kW·h/100 mi) battery-to-wheel and 155 W·h/km kW·h/100 mi) plug-to-wheel.

In August Tesla Motors’ dynamometer of a Validation Prototype on the EPA combined yielded a range of 221 mi (356 km) 149 W·h/km (23.9 kW·h/100 mi) and 209 Wh/km (33.6 kW·h/100 mi)

In February 2008, Tesla reported improved plug-to-wheel after testing a Validation car at an EPA-certified location. Those yielded a range of 220 mi (354 km) and a efficiency of 256 mpgge, or 199 W·h/km kW·h/100 mi).

In August Tesla Motors reported on with the new, single-speed and upgraded electronics of Powertrain 1.5 yielded an EPA range of 244 mi (393 km) and an EPA cycle, plug-to-wheel efficiency of 174 630 kJ/km (28 kW·h/100 mi).

The motor efficiency, battery-to-wheel, is 92% on and 85% at peak power. For comparison, combustion engines have a efficiency of about 15%.

efficiency

The Roadster does not use gasoline; therefore, petroleum-equivalent (mpg, l/100 km) cannot be directly.

For CAFE regulatory the DOE’s full petroleum-equivalency combines the primary energy of the USA electric grid and the well-to-pump with a fuel content that quantifies the value of scarcity of fuels, and energy in the USA. This combination a factor of 82,049 W·h⁄gal in the equation and a regulatory fuel of 293 mpggeCAFE.

Recharging with from the average USA grid, the changes to 12,307 W·h⁄galUS to the fuel content factor = and the above equation yields a energy-equivalency of 44.0 mpgge For full-cycle comparisons, the sticker or value from a gasoline-fueled must be multiplied by the fuel’s efficiency; the DOE regulation specifies a efficiency of 83% for gasoline. The Prius’ 46 miles per US gallon (5.1 km; 55 mpg-imp), for example, converts to a energy-equivalent of 38.2 mpgfull-cycle.

Recharging with electricity by newer, 58% efficiency CCGT plants, changes the factor to W·h⁄gal in the above equation and a fuel efficiency of 77.7

Recharging with non-fossil electricity sources such as solar power, wind or the petroleum equivalent efficiency can be higher as fossil fuel is not used in refueling.

Monetary offers another way to find an fuel efficiency. Tesla reports an energy cost of US$0.04/mile if using PGE’s incentive charging, available in 2 U.S. states during the Comparison with a gasoline of US$3.00/ U.S. gallon, for results in an equivalent of 75 mpgge E-9 or 100 mpgge using retail

Tesla Roadster reviews can be in two main categories: reviews on in serial production (model 2008–2010) and older reviews of prototypes, typically from before Tesla began production and customer deliveries.

The online auto review Autoguide.com tested Tesla’s car in October 2010. Autoguide Derek Kreindler said The Roadster 2.5 S is a massively impressive more spacecraft than car. Theories like warming, peak oil and rising oil should no longer bring palpitations to car fans. The Tesla just how good zero-emissions technology can be. Quite frankly, into a normal car at the end of the test was a major letdown.

The whirr of the the shove in the backside and the lithe roadster that seems to around you is replaced by a grunting, feedback-free driving experience. He on that but for a $100,000 car, it use some work complaining of cheap work.

In the March print edition of British magazine EVO (p. 120), editor Meaden was the first to review the right-hand-drive version of the Roadster. He the car had serious, instantaneous muscle.

so much torque from no revs the acceleration punch is alien. Away from lights you’d murder be it a 911 Turbo, GT-R or 599, because while they to mess about with revs and clutch, or fiddle launch controls and invalid all you have to do is floor the throttle and goodbye.

In December 2009, Street Journal editor White conducted an extended and determined that you can have fun within the legal speed as you whoosh around unsuspecting drivers, zapping from 40 to 60 per hour in two seconds while the victims eat your electric White, a Pulitzer Prize-winning praised the car’s environmental but said consumer demand not the environmental attributes of the car but its performance. The turns the frugal environmentalist on its head. Sure, it doesn’t petroleum, and if plugged into a turbine or a nuclear plant, it be a very low-carbon machine. But who buys one will get the most from smoking someone’s off.

The Tesla’s message is green technology can appeal to the id, not the superego.

In December 2009, was the first to independently confirm the Sport’s reported 0 to 60 mph time of 3.7 (MotorTrend recorded 0 to 60 mph of 3.70 it recorded a quarter-mile test at sec @ 102.6 mph.) Engineering Kim Reynolds called the acceleration and said the car confirms Tesla as an car company. Tesla is the first to crack the EV legitimacy barrier in a

In November 2009, Automobile West Coast editor Cammisa spent a week a production Tesla Roadster. was immediately impressed with the saying the car explodes off the line, like a small jet plane. like driving a Lamborghini a big V-12 revved over rpm at all times, waiting to pounce—without the vibration, or misdemeanor arrest for the peace. He also took the car to Raceway in Sonoma, California, and the car for its robustness, saying the Roadster,

the Coolest Car I’ve Ever award. Why? Despite the sprints, the drag racing, the the top-speed runs, and dicing traffic like there’s a jet strapped to the trunk, Pacific Gas and generated power for the Tesla—released the atmosphere the same amount of dioxide as would a gasoline-powered car 99 mpg. And the Roadster didn’t It didn’t smoke, lock up, or experience flux-capacitor failure.

the past ten decades, no company has able to reinvent the car—not Motors with the EV1, not with the Prius. And now, a of dudes from Silicon have created an electric car really works—as both an fix and a speed fix.

In May 2009, Car and technical editor Aaron wrote a review based on the extended test-drive of a production Roadster. Robinson had the car for nearly a at his home. He complained of design daily annoyances, absurd ridiculous economics and stated he got to see if the car could go 240 miles on a single because of the torturous seating him to stop driving the car.

He complained of Tesla increasing the car on those who had already made and charging extra for previously necessary components.

In February automotive critic Dan Neil of the Los Times called the production Roadster a superb piece of stiff, well sorted, focused, dead-sexy and eerily Neil said he had the car for 24 hours but it like the Taliban caned salesmen and it never even

In February 2009, Road and tested another production and conducted the first independently metered testing of the Roadster. editor Dennis Simanitis the testing confirmed what he extravagant claims, that the had a 4.0 s 0 to 60 mph acceleration and a 200-mile (320 km) They said the Roadster like an over-ballasted Lotus but the weight was well-distributed, so the car remained Fit and finish of our Tesla were which Road and Track fit the target market. Overall, considered it a delight to drive.

Testing a pre-production car in early Road and Track said The feels composed and competent at with great turn-in and response, though they against it as a primary grocery-getter.

In 2009, automotive critic Brown of the Washington Post the production Roadster a head-turner, It is sexy as all get-out. He described the behind the wheel as, Wheeeeeee! a Tesla, even if you have to fly to Menlo Park, Calif. to get your hands on one for a day.

If is the future of the automobile, I want it.

In the of 2008, Top Gear’s Jeremy reviewed two production Roadsters the v1.5 transmission and described the experience with the exclamations God Wave goodbye to the world of and say hello to the world of broadband and This car is Biblically quick! comparing the acceleration versus a Elise. Clarkson also however, that the handling of the car was not as as that of the Lotus Elise: the corners things are less The Stig recorded a time of on a moist track, faster a Nissan 370Z on a dry track but than a Porsche 911 C2S also on a track, and also slower the Lotus Exige, Exige S and

The segment also showed the batteries running flat 55 miles (89 km), saying the recharge would take 16 and also that the car then down. Tesla Motors’ responded with statements in and to mainstream news organizations the cars provided to Top Gear had less than 20% charge and experienced brake failure. In neither car provided to Top Gear to be pushed off the track at any point. although Clarkson showed a windmill and complained that it take countless hours to the car using such a source of the car can be charged from a 240V in as little as 3.5 hours.

After blogs and several large organizations began following the the BBC issued a statement saying the Tesla was filmed being into the shed in order to what would happen if the had run out of charge. Top Gear stands by the in this film and is content it offers a fair representation of the performance on the day it was tested, without the other misrepresentations that highlighted to the media. After weeks of increasing pressure and from the BBC, Clarkson a blog for The Times of London, that that the film we had was a bit of a mess.

In the months that Clarkson’s acknowledgment, the original the misstatements—reran on BBC America and elsewhere any editing, though the BBC is still into Top Gear’s journalism according to British media

In a review of a Roadster prototype the cars were in serial Motor Trend gave a favorable review in March stating that, it was undeniably, efficient and would be profoundly to just about any rumbling or Porsche that makes the of pulling up next to a silent, 105 mpg Roadster at a stoplight.; however, detected a nasty drive-train during the test drive of an Roadster with the older, transmission.

In a July 8, 2007, of a prototype Roadster, Jay Leno If you like sports cars and you to be green, this is the only way to go. The is a car that you can live with, and enjoy as a sports car. I had a drive in the car and it was quite impressive.

is an electric car that is fun to drive.

In a 27, 2006, review of a prototype in Slate, Paul Boutin A week ago, I went for a in the fastest, most fun car I’ve ridden in—and that the Aston Martin I tried to buy I was so excited, in fact, that I to take a few days to calm before writing about it. my waiting period is over, thinking rationally, and I’m unbelievably stoked about the

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Body style(s)     2-door

Layout     Rear mid-engine, drive

Transmission(s)     Single BorgWarner fixed gear

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Length     mm (155.4 in)

Width     1,873 mm in)

Height     1,127 mm (44.4 in)

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