The 125mph electric car

“We’d all like to be greener but it’s just not practical is it? I mean, electric cars are so slow and boring. Ok for the school run, but really not exciting.”

Welcome to the 2009 Tesla Roadster.

This all-electric car has a 0-60 time of under 4 seconds, a top speed of 125 mph (electronically limited), and a range of about 220 miles.

Recharge time, once you’ve got to where you’re going, is about 3.5 hours — not much longer than it takes to charge your mobile phone, and no problem at all if you’re in a meeting or staying overnight. And the cost of  refilling the ‘tank’ to get back home again is about $2.20. Yes, you can fill up your tank for about £1.50 — driving this car costs “about 1  cent per mile“.

Apparently, a favourite trick at Tesla Motors is to “invite a passenger along and ask him [or her, presumably] to turn on the radio. At the precise moment we ask, we accelerate. Our passenger simply can’t sit forward enough to reach the dials.”

Sounds good to me. How long till Christmas?

For more information visit http://www.teslamotors.com/

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2 Responses to The 125mph electric car

  1. Taff says:

    Fast cars are great for raising the profile of electric but they won’t really help. The cost per mile looks cheap only because the electricity isn’t taxed like petrol. The only thing electric cars are really good at is accelerating – they don’t yet do long range high-speed cruising. Much more realistic are the G-Wiz and the newly-launched C1 Evie – see here > http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2241517/evie-electric-car-sturdier

    • tlankester says:

      Hi Taff,

      We actually have a G-Wiz owner in Farnham (Badshot Lea area?) and for getting around town and parking I (personally) don’t think much beats my electric scooter (http://www.elecscoot.co.uk/). We do have a lack of infrastructure as Waverley Borough Council have rejected charge points in their car parks.

      One thing I would correct you on, the low running costs are not down to (just) tax difference between electricity and petrol. Electric motors run at 3x the efficiency of internal combustion engines, have few moving parts requiring maintenance (replacement and labour) costs.

      Electricity is also less susceptible to the volatile price swings as oil supply peaks and we can also generate (renewably) locally, keeping the wealth in the Farnham economy.

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