Car reviews - Tesla - Roadster - convertible
Tesla's Roadster EV is good clean fun with impressive battery range
18 Aug 2011
TESLA brought the first viable all-electric car of the modern era to market with its Roadster and aimed to address many of the traditional objections to EVs.
Electric cars are slow and boring? The Roadster is mind-bogglingly quick off the mark and provides serious overtaking punch while promising sweet handling from its Lotus-derived chassis.
Electric cars can’t drive far before needing a lengthy recharge? The Roadster can – and has been proven to – achieve up to 400 kilometres on a full battery. That is far more than the average commuter requires and sufficient for a change-of-scenery weekend getaway without range anxiety kicking in.
Yes, we understand that like fossil-fuel tank range, battery range is wholly dependent on how you drive the car but in reality, how often do people who own sportscars drive them more than a couple or three hundred kilometres in a day?
Model release date: 1 March 2011 to 1 May 2012
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