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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Tesla Roadster

The 100% electric Tesla Roadster was unveiled today. Here are some basic FAQ's:

It has a two-speed transmission. First gear is designed to give you the 0 to 60 in 4 seconds. The second gear is designed for the rest of the drive. You don't ever have to use first gear if you don't want to, but we all want to.

The engine runs in reverse when you put it in reverse. I wonder if you can go 0 to 60 in reverse in 4 seconds.

There is a specialized home charger that is designed to charge the car from dead to full in 3.5 hours. There is also a mobile charging kit that will charge the car from a 110V or 220V outlet. I imagine the 110V takes a bit longer, but how often would you drain the battery? I imagine most people drive maybe 50 miles a day which is only 20% of the battery life.

Designed by Tesla. Manufactured by Lotus.

Read more fun FAQ's at Tesla Motors.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt you can do 0-60 in 4 seconds in reverse. They probably didn't gear reverse to do that. It is probably geared way low so you can't go very fast in reverse. however if you have in pesky tree stumps you need removed then you should easily be able to rip the front bumper off trying to pull it out.

7/21/2006 7:58 AM  
Blogger JCole200 said...

I think its funny that your posts today were about a car, and then scrapbooking.

I also think its funny that girls responded to your scrapbooking comments, but guys to your car.

Furthermore, I think this car will be 45k and be out of my price range.

7/21/2006 10:29 AM  
Blogger mattjustmull said...

What? You don't think carbon-fiber materials will be strong enough to pull the stump? :)

Yes, we are all victims of societies ideas of gender roles.

I heard a rumor that it would be $80k, so WAY out of my price range.

7/21/2006 11:35 AM  
Blogger JCole200 said...

I was thinking the base model price...

Obviously the one on the picture has all the options and is the fancy-dancy model.

But maybe they will only put out the fancy ones as it's a speciality car from a small company.

Cold you imagine the conversation if you had one though?

"What do you drive?"

"A Tesla"

"Like, the 80s band?"

"Yeah man. But it looks like a Lotus."

That would be so awesome.

7/21/2006 11:59 AM  
Blogger JCole200 said...

I just noticed on the Wikipedia site for the Tesla Roadster a quote from the CEO that says the price will be between $85,000 and $120,000.

I better start saving my pennies.

7/21/2006 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is what I figured the price would be, way high. BOO!!! They had the prototype on Monster Garage a while back when they built an electric car using all milwaukee tool battery packs.

7/21/2006 1:46 PM  

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