Tesla's new electric car is a cyborg cross between a Toyota Prius and a Lotus Elise, and we like it. The Roadster is capable of a Ferrari-beating 0-60 time of 4 seconds, and has a top speed of 130mph.
Being an electric car, it has no emissions and requires charging for approximately 3.5 hours. A single charge allows you to travel up to 250 miles on the highway, and we expect it to be around half that in city traffic.
We love the sort of lightweight sports cars that this car promises to be. Let’s see if it can join the Elise, S2000, and MX-5 in dynamic ability.
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From the press release:
The car's impressive range is due to its state-of-the-art lithium-ion Energy Storage System. The Roadster's ESS provides power to the entire vehicle, including the motor. Its durable, tamper-resistant enclosure includes: 6,831 lithium-ion cells; a network of microprocessors for maintaining charge balance and temperature among the batteries; a cooling system; and an independent safety system designed to disconnect power outside the enclosure under a variety of detectable safety situations.