• Jul 19th 2006 at 10:00PM
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That didn't take long. Despite the embargo on publishing Tesla material until 12:00 AM EST, the dam has broken and information and images of the Tesla Roadster have flooded the internet tonight. We'll credit Wired for starting the deluge, as this gallery of live images has been online for a while now.

You may notice how much the Tesla Roaster look like a Lotus Elise. If you read Wired's article on the Tesla, you'll learn that a Lotus designer penned the Tesla Roadster's shape and that the English sportscar maker will be the one assembling Martin Eberhard's baby. As a matter of fact, Tesla Motors hired away so many Lotus engineers and executives that it was forced to sign a "no-poaching agreement" if it wanted the British-based automaker to build its cars.

As mentioned earlier, we'll have information, images and video from the Tesla unveiling later tonight.

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[Source: Wired]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      anyway it provides another good choice for environmentists(is it spell like this? sorry for bad english).
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks good.

      Let's hope it doesn't live up to Lotus' reputation - Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Im surprised at the amount of negative comments, its heavy, its a rip off, to expensive, etc. However we arent sitting back and looking at the fundamentals here.

      This vehicle litterally revolutionises the transport industry, not only can we replace engines useing fosil fuels and almost compleatly eliminate pollution, lubricants for moving parts aside (which could also be re-manufactured from sources which would be less detrimental) but we also bring the new vehicle up to speed in regards to specs size, speed, etc.

      So the car is in the 80k - 100k price range? well out of the forbes top 100 Im sure everyone of them can dip into their deep pockets and pull out enough change to make thier purchase. THe company would really need to sell this vehicle for this price to recoup losses in place already I would assume (no research on subject) but imagine sell 40 cars at 100k, thats 40,000k which leaves for a v ery nice R&D division, dont be surprised that if Tesla makes their quata of cars sold that they dont in future become the major car manufacturer.

      With all that said heres the pros...

      - Ultra quiet.
      - No pollutant output.
      - It is great looking.
      - If you get one now for 80k - 100k, you finance the R&D nessicary to make the world a cleaner place.
      - You become a prompoter of cleaning the world up.
      • 9 Years Ago
      People have an awfully strong knee-jerk defense mechanism for ICE vehicles. Somebodies advertising is pretty effective.

      Why would you want to spend 40K more than a stock Elise? Maybe for the same reason you spend even more for a porsche or a Ferrari, it goes a lot faster.

      Batteries are too heavy? Gee, it's already faster, what do you suppose happens in the future when the weight of batteries comes down? Besides, have you ever stopped to wonder just how heavy 20 gallons of gas + 5 quarts of oil + a few gallons of coolant weigh?

      Lotus has reliability issues? Hmm, how about we take away the entire engine and drivetrain (including cooling systems) and replace them with an electric motor with one moving part that will run like a top for years reliably with no maintenance.

      Sounds like a no brainer even if you don't want to consider that it doesn't smell, has no emissions, you never have to go to the gas station ever again (unless your tires are low), no puddles of various fluids in your garage, and you don't burn a drop of foreign oil.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think you mean "the dam has broken."
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Powered by the same batteries in your laptop"

      Does this mean it can randomly catch on fire?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Your comments: A great step forward to convince the public of the possibilites of electric vehicles.

      The next step would be to replace those nasty chemical batteries with something that won't pollute the environment in 5 years. Lightweight flywheel batteries would be ideal.

      Ten years ago, I read about an engineer, Jack Bitterly, who was developing these things for this very purpose. Based on his estimates, 16 flywheels could power an 800 hp electric car. What happened?

      Go to the link, it will blow your mind.
      • 9 Years Ago
      it has a 2 speed transmission? i was under the impression that an electric motor didnt need a tranny. must me limitations on how high the motor can rev.

      i am glad to read that the makers of the car dont have any delusions about changing the world, they just think they can make money.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks a lot like the tZero by AC Propulsion. I wander if it's the same car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't know if it looks like an Elise.

      But I do know that it is build on an elise chassis, just like the Opel Speedster was.

      A new engine and new fiber body-panels.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Overall, it seems this is an extension of some ideas in AC Propulsion's TZero, with surprisingly similar performance statistics. Of course, the big difference is batteries: The TZero uses lead-acid, and so has nowhere near the range.

      A neat idea, well executed. But hardly revolutionary. And, in any case, the market for $80K-120K sports cars is pretty limited, no matter what fuels the drivetrain.

      Can anyone take this development work and use it to create a mid-size EV sedan that seats 5, has the same 250 mile range, and a real purchase price (a price that would include profit for the maker) in the $20K range? Now THAT would be revolutionary.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If the following article is anything to go by then ultracapacitors look to be the future for EV power storage.

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