Automotive tech hits a new high with Tesla Motors
07 Oct 2007 Technology Cars
Tesla Motors has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and its no wonder why. True to the name, Tesla is bringing the all electric car back to market. Electric cars have been done from time to time, but nothing that I know of comes close to the technology that Tesla has developed.
Racing truely is the heart of the automotive industry, and Tesla is demonstrating their understanding of this principle with their inagural product, the Tesla Roadster. This sports car shows its ties to Lotus its design, and its performance will keep even the pickiest driver coming back for more. The latest performance tests demonstrate just how remarkable this all-electric vehicle really is. With a 0 to 60 time of just 3.4 seconds, its sure to glue you to the seat, and with no noisy combustion engine to disturb the neighbors.
In the past, range has been a limiting factor for the electric vehicles - another problem well solved by Tesla. With a range of nearly 250 miles on a single charge, only the longer road trips become a challenge. The normal charging cycle provides plenty of power to keep things rolling for the typical commute. To ensure safety, Tesla has designed the full charging system to protect the user from any possible shock. Charging current only flows through the cables when both the car and the charging station agrees that everything is connected correctly. For driver on the go, a mobile charging system is also available. To top it off, there is also a solar array available that will offset the electrical costs associated with charging the car for about 50 miles of range per day.
All in all, I would *love* to get my hands on one of the Tesla Roadsters. While the ninety thousand dollar price tag is a bit steep, it really is not bad at all for all the car you are getting. Alas, ninety grand is more than I can afford at this time, but perhaps in a couple years the price will come down as production ramps up. I wouldn't be able to get one any time soon anyway, since the entire 2008 prodution run is already sold out. Ahh well.. It doesn't stop me from dreaming.