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25 December 2006

Electric Supercar

The Tesla Roadster is the first fully electric automobile to be produced by electric car firm Tesla Motors. The car is named after the principal visionary and inventor of alternating current, Nikola Tesla, a Serbian scientist. The benefits involved with electric cars: zero-emissions, instantaneous torque, and low operating cost.

Tesla claims the car is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in about 4 seconds, and reach a top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). Additionally, it can to travel 250 miles (400 km) on a single charge of its lithium ion batteries. While the Roadster does not actually use gasoline, an equivalent fuel efficiency of 135 mpg (57 km/l, or 1.75 l/100 km) is reported.

We have seen prototype electric supercars before with Venturi Fetish and Wrightspeed X-1, but the Tesla Roadster will be the first to be mass produced. Its "Signature One Hundred" first set of fully equipped cars sold out by late August, and the second hundred sold out by October. Each of the first 200, fully loaded with all options, cost US$100,000; delivery is scheduled for summer 2007.

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