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Tesla Roadster | Electric Sports Car review

Posted on Jan 2, 2011 by
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Tesla’s Roadster is world’s first high performance electric car.

Tesla’s Roadster is world’s first high performance electric car. It is fast, sassy, fun to drive and you will never need to drive the car into a petrol station to fill up high octane fuel.

The car was officially unveiled to the public in Jul 2006 and Tesla has delivered 1200 cars across the world till Jul 2010. Although based on the Lotus Elise platform, and Lotus still puts the Roadster together for Tesla, the car is significantly different than the Elise. For starts, none of the Roadster’s body parts are shared with the Elise. All of Roadster’s body panels are made of carbon fiber to keep the weight down, and just about 8% of total parts in the car are shared with the Lotus.

The claim that the 288 ponies in the Tesla Roadster make it as quick as any conventional fuel powered sports car is no myth. This electric car has a top speed of just over 201kph and can do a 0 – 96 km in 3.9 seconds. As if this was not good enough, Tesla came up with a sporty Roadster version that does the same distance in 3.7 seconds.

Charging the battery is simply a job of plugging the car into a 240 volt power supply. Charge time from empty to full using the Tesla’s hi – power plug in charger is just a 3.5 hour job and the Roadster gives you 394km run on a single full charge.

One of the main reasons for the Tesla’s extraordinary range is that there is 53 kwH of lithium ion battery behind the passenger compartment; 6,831 little laptop batteries all wired up together, in fact. By comparison, Chevy’s upcoming Volt boasts but 16 kwH and the Nissan Leaf only 24.

With 14 exterior color options and 11 interior color options, the Tesla Roadster will set you back or propel you forward, depending on how you see it, by close to 600.000 UAE Dirhams.

SPECIFICATIONS

MOTOR

375 volt AC induction air-cooled electric motor with variable frequency drive.

Roadster Roadster Sport
Torque 273 lb-ft at 0-5,400 rpm 295 lb-ft at 0-5,100 rpm
Horsepower 288 hp (215 kW) at 5,000-6,000 rpm 288 hp (215 kW) at 4,400-6,000 rpm
Max rpm 14,000 rpm 14,000 rpm

ACCELERATION

Roadster Roadster Sport
Top Speed 125 mph 125 mph
0 to 60 mph 3.9 seconds 3.7 seconds

TRANSMISSION

Single speed fixed gear. Reverse drive uses reverse direction of motor, limited to 15 mph.

Overall Final Drive 8.28:1
Final Drive Ratio 3.12:1

BATTERY

Custom microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion battery with 6,831 individual cells. 3.5 hour charge time from empty to full using the Tesla High Power Wall Connector at 240 Volts and 70 Amps.

Range 245 miles
Expected Battery Life Seven-years or 100,000 miles
Battery heater for cold weather charging to -20 degrees Celsius Standard

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