Tesla’s First Electric Vehicle, 2008 Roadster, Now Under Production

  • Published on March 20th, 2008 by
 

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[social_buttons] On March 17, Tesla Motors began limited production of their all-electric, zero-emissions sportscar, the Tesla Roadster. It’s a car that can go from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds without using a drop of gas, and promises to be the first of a wave of new plug-in electric vehicles available in the United States.

It’s been almost 2 years since Tesla debuted the prototype in July of 2006, but Tesla had to delay release until now due to problems with the Roadster’s two-speed transmission. The vehicle will go into production anyway with in interim transmission, and Tesla is offering a free powertrain upgrade, when it becomes available, that will boost acceleration to 0-60 in 4 seconds.





While 900 models have already been reserved (at $98,000 each), Tesla will only build about 600 for the 2008 year (due to the trani problems). Tesla is now taking orders for 2009, and plans are in the works to ramp up production to 2,000 per year in the near future. The company also has plans to release an electric, 5-passenger sports sedan in 2010.

Fun facts about the Roadster:

  • It’s a 248 horsepower, rear-wheel drive two-seater with aluminum chassis and carbon-fiber skin.
  • It has a top speed of 125 mph with a range of 220 miles.
  • The charging time for a completely drained battery is 3.5 hours.
  • The Roadster achieves the equivalent of 135 mpg at a cost of 2 cents per mile.
  • Tesla says the lithium-ion batteries will last for 100,000 miles.

For more background on this sexy beast, see Tesla’s website, Tesla’s Press Release, and these articles:

USA Today: Tesla: Little electric roadster that could.

EERE News: Tesla Motors Starts Production of its Electric-Only Roadster

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An Electric Car You Can Buy Today: The $20K TRIAC EV

Electric Tara Tiny Steals Tata Nano’s Position as World’s Cheapest Car

Aptera’s $26,000 Electric Car and 300 MPG Hybrid Coming Soon

Subaru Unleashes R1e Electric Car on New York

The World’s Most Fuel Efficient Car: 285 MPG, Not A Hybrid

How Biodiesel Fuel-Cells Could Power The Future (And Your Car)

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About the Author

In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.

  • Free energy cars will be the way of the future it is all ablut to change rapidly, and this explains the current price hike in oil/fuel. These companies are scared because there al baout to go out of business.

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  • Free energy cars will be the way of the future it is all ablut to change rapidly, and this explains the current price hike in oil/fuel. These companies are scared because there al baout to go out of business.

    http://www.planetblue.net.au

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  • Karolis

    if it works,then I hope that we have lots of resources of lithium-ion 😉

  • Karolis

    if it works,then I hope that we have lots of resources of lithium-ion 😉

  • I’m happy someone is using the name Tesla… That’s about the only good think I have to say about this car… In my opinion, it’s just an overpriced toy for the rich. What we need is a company to make a car for all of us… Oh wait, their is such a company! And they’re selling a freeway ready electric that can go 120 miles – and it only costs $19.995! How about that! You can read more at: http://www.HiddenBuzz.com

  • I’m happy someone is using the name Tesla… That’s about the only good think I have to say about this car… In my opinion, it’s just an overpriced toy for the rich. What we need is a company to make a car for all of us… Oh wait, their is such a company! And they’re selling a freeway ready electric that can go 120 miles – and it only costs $19.995! How about that! You can read more at: http://www.HiddenBuzz.com

  • Edwin Burnett

    Nice, all these fancy fuel efficient, new cars, fast sporty and very expensive to say the least! There are millions of us who purchase cars every year, and we are in the 65 years and older age bracket! We live on fixed incomes, and a lot of us have our personal problems that make life a bit difficult for us. For instance, just getting into and out of automobiles! The new, fuel efficient vehicle, VW is about to attempt to sell in the U.S., looks fine, if I were about 50 years younger! Or the car FMOC is getting ready to push on the American public, is not much more than a Voltwagon of the past with a different skin. Big deal! As a senior citizen, the manufacturers need to understand the needs of everyone and not just the select few who will be able to benefit from their expertise. Everyone needs to be considered. There are more needs of the automobile than fuel economy. True, size and weight are the big issues, but what good is a vehicle if you cannot get into or out of it? What good is it if you need to take a long trip of 400 or more miles? What good is it if you have another couple to come along and there is no room for anything other than bodies? When we travel, our trips are 1000 miles or more. We stay at motels and we need room to carry our luggage, plus our two dogs. We like to stop and see the country as we travel, this cannot be done in airplanes or on trains. Besides even now the cost of traveling on an airplane is exceeding our affordable cost of travel. We drive a Jaguar S, comparable to a Lincoln MX size wise, and we find this space almost to small for our traveling needs. Small size is one thing , but,one needs to think very seriously about the size of transportation they actually need. If you can afford to put of $25,000 finance over four or five years, that $25,000 has now increased to $50,000, for a tiny small car that is only good for suburban use and not much more, go for it. But remember in the long haul, you will probably regret it!

  • Edwin Burnett

    Nice, all these fancy fuel efficient, new cars, fast sporty and very expensive to say the least! There are millions of us who purchase cars every year, and we are in the 65 years and older age bracket! We live on fixed incomes, and a lot of us have our personal problems that make life a bit difficult for us. For instance, just getting into and out of automobiles! The new, fuel efficient vehicle, VW is about to attempt to sell in the U.S., looks fine, if I were about 50 years younger! Or the car FMOC is getting ready to push on the American public, is not much more than a Voltwagon of the past with a different skin. Big deal! As a senior citizen, the manufacturers need to understand the needs of everyone and not just the select few who will be able to benefit from their expertise. Everyone needs to be considered. There are more needs of the automobile than fuel economy. True, size and weight are the big issues, but what good is a vehicle if you cannot get into or out of it? What good is it if you need to take a long trip of 400 or more miles? What good is it if you have another couple to come along and there is no room for anything other than bodies? When we travel, our trips are 1000 miles or more. We stay at motels and we need room to carry our luggage, plus our two dogs. We like to stop and see the country as we travel, this cannot be done in airplanes or on trains. Besides even now the cost of traveling on an airplane is exceeding our affordable cost of travel. We drive a Jaguar S, comparable to a Lincoln MX size wise, and we find this space almost to small for our traveling needs. Small size is one thing , but,one needs to think very seriously about the size of transportation they actually need. If you can afford to put of $25,000 finance over four or five years, that $25,000 has now increased to $50,000, for a tiny small car that is only good for suburban use and not much more, go for it. But remember in the long haul, you will probably regret it!

  • Ron Watkins

    Tesla is a very nice car for the rich. But the need is now and for a price that is affordable. We don’t need a EV that can go 0-60 in 4 sec. We need a EV to get us to work and back home at freeway speeds with a good range of 100 miles. Charge at work and home.

    You know not so long ago I remember going to a festival in Los Angeles and their was some EV’s on display. I ask the guy working at that time what the public thinks about the cars ? CAN IT GO TO VEGAS!

    Wow, people at that time just was’nt ready ha,ha maybe they are now!

  • Ron Watkins

    Tesla is a very nice car for the rich. But the need is now and for a price that is affordable. We don’t need a EV that can go 0-60 in 4 sec. We need a EV to get us to work and back home at freeway speeds with a good range of 100 miles. Charge at work and home.

    You know not so long ago I remember going to a festival in Los Angeles and their was some EV’s on display. I ask the guy working at that time what the public thinks about the cars ? CAN IT GO TO VEGAS!

    Wow, people at that time just was’nt ready ha,ha maybe they are now!

  • Stop buying gas, lets build electric cars.

    Phone:(318-435-1567) for James Davenport.

    Davenport

  • Stop buying gas, lets build electric cars.

    Phone:(318-435-1567) for James Davenport.

    Davenport

  • The Ferd

    Does this car have Air conditioning and how fast does it drain the batteries? I ask for the Arizona population and marketplace. California and New Mexico. How about Texas and the hot Florida road ways.

  • The Ferd

    Does this car have Air conditioning and how fast does it drain the batteries? I ask for the Arizona population and marketplace. California and New Mexico. How about Texas and the hot Florida road ways.

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