If you're one of those, shall we say... monetarily-endowed, individuals waiting with bated breath to drop a hundred grand on the Tesla Roadster next year, you may want to consider the somewhat quirkier (and slightly pricier) electric car available right now from Hammacher Schlemmer.

While the $108,000 two-seater is tiny, it's also impressive. It can accelerate from zero to 60 in four seconds and has a top speed of 120 mph (these stats are comparable to the Tesla's). And with a length of 60 inches, it can park perpendicular to the curb, eliminating the need to parallel park.

Of course its 40-80 mile range makes it more of an in-town vehicle, and its low sexiness-to-expensiveness quotient might not win over status seekers. However, it does have one major advantage: immediate availabilty.

Story by Jacquelyn Lane. This article originally appeared in Plenty in September 2006. This story was added to MNN.com in July 2009.

Copyright Environ Press 2006.

Instant gratification
Hammacher Schlemmer's electric car is more expensive than the Tesla Roadster, but is available immediately.