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Tesla Motors Roadster


The hand-built carbon fiber Tesla roadster has been upgraded, redefined and slightly redesigned resulting in the roadster sport model. As with the basic roadster, expect effortless acceleration to 125 mph top speed. However, the newer sport model will take you from 0 to 60 in a mind-numbing 3.7 seconds (rather than 3.9 seconds) with the same liquid-cooled 56 kWh Li-on battery pack consisting of 6,831 cells. This 288 hp high-performance two-seater electric beauty will charge in 3.5 hours via a 240/70 charger and has the capability of charging at any 120 volt outlet. The roadster sport's 295 pounds of torque makes for breath-taking acceleration -- acceleration that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Both the basic roadster and the roadster sport flaunt restyled Lotus Elise bodies built in the UK. The drivetrain and electronics were installed at Tesla Motors' headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

"No Compromises"


Vehicle Type: 
Cars & Trucks
245 mi
No Longer Available
Top Speed: 
125 mph
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Anonymous's picture


Plug In America needs to update it's information as the Tesla Roadster has been out of production for some time now. I was told in December there was one ( a white one ) available, but I'm certain that car is long gone by now. This is the year of the Model S ( 2012 ) and Tesla has 8,000+ preorders. Tesla hopes to have them shipping by July or August. The Model X crossover has also been displayed and 500 preorders have been taken to date. A new Roadster has been rumored but it's priority is last on the Totem Pole, as an "affordable" Tesla sedan is said to be a priority, and no Roadster until 2014-2015 if at all. Kudos to Tesla for moving ahead - and hopefully one day a Tesla myself and others in the middle-upper-middle class can afford! Elon Musk is an iconic figure, esp. if he can succeed where so many others have failed.
Anonymous's picture


Any idea as to why they quit making the roadster? I heard that Lotus didn't want to supply any more cars to Tesla, any truth to that?
Colby's picture


Thanks for pointing this out. I have removed the "available" tag. I am considering our options for discontinued vehicles (archive, delete, etc). If you have suggestions, feel free to let me know.
Anonymous's picture

ev milage

my 30yr old American made antique ev with american made batteries new gets a top spd of 55mph for about a quarter of a mile, and 20mi range at about 20mph more realistically my interstate batteries get me 10mi with a 10mph rate. instead of lasting 5yrs, they last about 8 months. I need batteries that can get my 3,000lb car 100 mi. Sparky

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