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Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster interior

Tesla Roadster

Year (of specifications) 2006
Engine Electric 3-phase AC motor
Transmission 1 s peed manual RWD
Max speed 130 mph
0-60 mph 4.0 seconds
Horsepower 249 hp
weight 2690 lbs

The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric powered sports car from California based automaker Tesla.

The attractive little roadster is reminiscent of the Lotus Elise, and so it should be since the body design of the Tesla Roadster was formed by a collaborative effort between Tesla and Barney Hatt, Principal Designer at the Lotus Design Studio in England.

However it's underneath the Tesla Roadster's bodywork that the real interest lies. Powered by a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor controlled by a network of microprocessors regulating charge balance and temperature among the batteries, connected to a two speed manual turning the rear wheels, the Tesla Roadster gets to 60 mph in just four seconds, going on to a 130 mph top speed.

To keep the 6,831 lithium-ion cells topped up the Tesla Roadster uses regenerative braking - using the vehicles deceleration to create electricity - while on the move, and an Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE) home charging station. On a full charge, which takes around 3.5 hours, the car can travel up to 250 miles.

Similar and related vehicles:
- AC Propulsion TZero
- Venturi Fetish

External review by Chris Bent

The Tesla Roadster's motor produces 185kW (249hp) and has a curb weight of ~2690lb.

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