The new Tesla electric car is in! But, as the company’s website proudly states, “burns rubber, not gasoline!”
This is not just any electric car. The Tesla electric car is a beauty and definitely unique. It comes with a Lotus designed chassis and has better acceleration than a Lamborghini Murcielago.
The Tesla saves more than twice as much fuel as the best hybrid car. It only costs about a penny per mile to drive, goes up to 250 miles on a single charge, and all you have to do is plug it in every night like you do with your cell phone or iPod.
Who Said Electric Cars Weren’t Fun?
Since the early days of automobiles, over a hundred years ago, electric cars have always been considered dull and boring. Oh sure, an electric car was fine if you only had a short trip or you had to shop at the local supermarket and couldn’t get there on foot or by bike. But they were slow, ugly, and little more than glorified golf carts.
But two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, have changed all of that forever. They have designed an electric car that is exciting to drive and beautiful to look at!
The Tesla Roadster is a 100% electric two-seater convertible that goes from zero to 60 mph in about 4 seconds, with a top speed of around 130 mph. It’s also clutchless and has a wide, flat torque curve, meaning that no matter which gear you’re driving in or how fast you’re going, acceleration is instantaneous.
Whether you’re at a stoplight or on the interstate and want to pass the car in front of you, just hit the pedal and go like a shot.
The Toyota Prius, on the other hand, which is the best-selling hybrid, takes more than ten seconds to go from zero to 60. Of course, the Prius is not a sports car, but this comparison will give you an idea of how efficient and well designed can be an electric car. For example, Tesla’s electric motor has only one moving part, but it still makes 248 hp.
The car’s power comes from 6,831 lithium-ion batteries. These are the same batteries that you use to charge your laptop or cell phone. It comes with a portable charging pack, in case you travel more than 125 miles from home, and the batteries only take about 3 1/2 hours to fully charge.
By the way, the batteries are recyclable and Tesla guarantees them for five years or 100,000 miles.
However, if you want the thrill of owning the new Tesla, it will cost you $ 100,000. But, if all goes according to plan, the price will drop as more cars are sold. They already have a second, more affordable sports sedan in the works.
In the past, electric cars were designed by people who believed that you shouldn’t drive at all, and if you were, you should be punished. No wonder they never noticed. But the Tesla electric car promises a “sweet” future!