Tesla Roadster enters production

Tesla Roadster enters production

Yesterday the Tesla Roadster commenced production. If you haven’t seen one, it looks a bit like a Lotus Elise, but it has batteries. Unveiled in July 2006, the Tesla has been building brand awareness for itself for the past couple of years. Since then the company has taken over 900 orders for the car. It proves that electric cars can be sexy. The only real competition in the electric vehicle (EV) market in terms of sexy cars is Fisker’s Karma. Certainly most of the electric vehicles that are launched are laughable (Zapp’s Xebra, for example). The Tesla will get to 60mph in 3.9s and does 135mpg equivalent – about twice the energy efficiency of the best hybrids. Some people have raised concerns over the batteries’ 100,000km lifetime, but the EV manufacturers estimate that this will take most EV owners at least 5-10 years to accomplish, by which time batteries will be commodities – cheap to buy and easy to install. We’re hoping that the production methods and recycling efficiency is improved though – currently the lithium required is mined in Canada, shipped to China, then shipped to Japan – hardly environmentally friendly.

Yesterday the Tesla Roadster commenced production. If you haven’t seen one, it looks a bit like a Lotus Elise, but it has batteries. Unveiled in July 2006, the Tesla has been building brand awareness for itself for the past couple of years. Since then the company has taken over 900 orders for the car. It proves that electric cars can be sexy. The only real competition in the electric vehicle (EV) market in terms of sexy cars is Fisker’s Karma. Certainly most of the electric vehicles that are launched are laughable (Zapp’s Xebra, for example). The Tesla will get to 60mph in 3.9s and does 135mpg equivalent – about twice the energy efficiency of the best hybrids. Some people have raised concerns over the batteries’ 100,000km lifetime, but the EV manufacturers estimate that this will take most EV owners at least 5-10 years to accomplish, by which time batteries will be commodities – cheap to buy and easy to install. We’re hoping that the production methods and recycling efficiency is improved though – currently the lithium required is mined in Canada, shipped to China, then shipped to Japan – hardly environmentally friendly.

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