Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is a battery electric vehicle produced by Tesla Motors and it was the first highway-capable all-electric vehicle produced in the United States. Production began in 2008 and several models of the Tesla Roadster have been launched since then, with some 2,350 cars being sold worldwide so far. The Roadster is the first automobile to use a lithium-ion battery pack and the first all-electric to have a range of about 200 miles, or 320 km per charge. It was also the winner of the Global Green Challenge in Australia, where it set a world distance record of 501 km (311 miles) for an electric car on a single charge, with an average speed of 40 km/h.

The United States Environmental Agency stated that the Tesla Roadster has a range of 393 km on a single charge and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 or 3.9 seconds depending on the model. Tesla produced this vehicle until January 2012, until it ran out of Lotus Elise gliders when their contract with Lotus Cars expired. A new production of Tesla Roasters is programmed for 2014 and manufacturers said that it will be based on a shortened version of the architecture created for the Tesla Model S. Since the Roadster doesn’t have special two-stage passenger airbags it can no longer be sold in the U.S. as of 2011, so the remaining vehicles are being sold in limited editions in Europe, Asia and Australia.

The Tesla Roadster is the first to convince even the sturdiest skeptics that electric cars weren’t all golf carts, but worthy opponents of highly-praised sports cars like Ferrari, that can cost twice as much. Costing some $ 100,000 U.S., this car occupies a unique niche in the car industry, being the sole emissions-free high-performance sports car to be sold in the United States. The Roadster is a good-looking and stylish two-door car and from the 2010 model some changes were made on the interior and others. Among the changes we find: two-tone upholstery, a push-button gear selector, as well as an executive interior of premium leather and exposed carbon fiber. There is also the Vehicle Display System which has been moved to a central position and which monitors real-time data like estimated range, regenerated power, and the number of barrels of oil saved.

The 2010 Tesla Roadster also has adjustable, custom-tuned suspension, more powerful and fast ventilation, air-conditioning and heating and some sound-deadening measures which dramatically reduce vibration and noise. Other improvements that were introduced with the Roadster 2.5 are directional forged wheels available in black or silver, new seats with enhanced comfort and many details that will enchant future drivers.

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