Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Hot Electric Car

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster - Photo TeslaMotors.com

My son worked for an electric car and bicycle store for one summer. The cars were kind of cute but had real problems with range and speed. They went about 25 mph and could make it about 50 miles with a little luck. Tesla Motors Inc. has rebranded the idea of the electric car with their high design and high performance Tesla Roadster.

Wired Magazine has a great article:

He releases the brake and my head snaps back. One-one-thousand: I get a floating feeling, like going over the falls in a roller coaster. Two-one-thousand: The world tunnels, the trees blur. Three-one-thousand: We hit 60 miles per hour. Eberhard brakes. We’re at a standstill again — elapsed time, nine seconds. When potential buyers get a look at the vehicle this summer, it will be among the quickest production cars in the world. And, compared to other supercars like the Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari Enzo, and Lamborghini Diablo, it’s a bargain. More intriguing: It has no combustion engine.

The trick? The Tesla Roadster is powered by 6,831 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries — the same cells that run a laptop computer. Range: 250 miles. Fuel efficiency: 1 to 2 cents per mile. Top speed: more than 130 mph. The first cars will be built at a factory in England and are slated to hit the market next summer. And Tesla Motors, Eberhard’s company, is already gearing up for a four-door battery-powered sedan.

Read the rest of the article here.

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