Tesla Roadster: The end of an era
The Tesla Roadster is nearing the end of its production run.
Thu, Jun 23 2011 at 2:11 PM
Tesla Motors is preparing to close one door in its history while opening another; production on the Tesla Roadster luxury electric vehicle is nearing its end. The automaker plans to stop production on the Roadster in the next two months so that it can focus on the upcoming Tesla Model S sedan.
The super sporty Roadster was the perfect vehicle for someone that has both an eco-conscious and a need for speed. The $109,000 all-electric vehicle has a zero to 60 miles per hour time of less than four seconds and an approximate driving range of 250 miles per charge.
Tesla’s new vehicle, the Model S sedan, is quite a bit different from the Roadster. The vehicle still has sleek lines and a sporty look but the car can seat five adults and two children, five more passengers than the Roadster. Although the vehicle is larger, can seat more passengers and has ample cargo space, it still has a zero to 60 time of 5.6 seconds with a 120 mph top speed.
The Tesla Model S will come with three different battery pack options: 160, 230 or 300-mile range packs. Each battery pack will come with a 45-minute QuickCharge, perfect for recharging while on the go.
The base price of the 160-mile range battery model is $49,900, after the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit. The 230-mile range vehicle will cost about $10,000 more and the 300-mile option comes with a $20,000 premium. Interested consumers can reserve a Tesla Model S with a $5,000 fully refundable deposit.
For more information, visit the Tesla Motors website.