• Jul 20, 2006


AutoblogGreen's intrepid editor, Sebastian Blanco, was a busy man last night at the unveiling of the Tesla Roadster in Santa Monica, CA. Check out our exclusive video (iPod format) of the unveiling that features interviews with Tesla Motors CEO Martin Eberhard and the company's chairman Elon Musk, as well as footage of the car in motion from both inside and outside the cockpit.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Dude... daggy, would you rag on mazda for making a sporty car with suicide doors?? Why dictate what people want? Sure he coulda made an electric econobox for people that want that kind of thing, but why would you be upset if that's simply not what they set out to do? That's like getting pissed off cause your brother wants to be taxi driver instead of a bus driver.... Why don't you go and build your own electric econobox is that's what you want and if that's what you think will make more money.
      Personally, i think there are tons of people who love the idea of a fast, good looking car, but don't wanna play such a large part in the many problems this planet's dealing with.
      And about the ultracapacitors.... its not such a simple story... i don't know what you're basing yourself on. But at this point, ultracapacitors are great for high power outputs, but have low energy storage; it can put out a lot of power, but only for a really short time. Really it'd be best to team up an ultracapacitor with a Lithium or a valve regulated lead acid battery for more watt-hours. That way, when you need a big boost of power when you're starting to move, or passing or something, you've got the UCAP for a high power output, but you've still got the batteries for longer lasting power, and you can run on those while the UCAP recharges for your next stamp on the throttle.


      and oh ya... 250 miles? Sure its the EPA test, but it gives you a ball park figure. So much for the 10 to 20 miles somebody was saying in that thread on plug in hybrids.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Will have to put some cardboard noise-makers on the wheels to get engine sound...
      • 8 Years Ago

      Why has there been not one word about weight? Anyone know?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The A123 Batteries should sort out all the pollution problems as they are based on nano phosphate technology, if the Tesla decides to use these batteries they could do away with there battery cooling system.

      Read all about there the advantages here: http://www.a123systems.com/html/tech/power.html

      and here: http://www.a123systems.com/html/apps/trans.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another great science experiment. Do any of you drones understand that the emissions and environmental damage caused by the manufacture of the components, disposal of batteries, burning of coal to produce electricity, etc, outweighs any benefit. It simply relocates the pollutant! WAKE UP!

        • 7 Years Ago
        No it does not simply relocate pollutants you can make electricity
        with solar panels wind turbines ect...
        even in the production of the vehicles .In fact the production of solar and wind generators themselves could eventually be produced enviromentally .Why are you putting down something that is doing the earth so good? Eventually carbon based fuels will run out anyway, do we wait until that day comes before we start producing renewable energy sources if so we will really be screwed, think outside of the box.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They say the "fuel tank" weighs 1000 lbs, so that probably makes the car weigh ~500 lbs more than a standard elise...? Which, BTW, how can you not make even a mention of LOTUS and act like this car is designed from scratch? I would think they would WANT to brag about the lotus engineering (but then again, maybe lotus didn't want them using their name, but I find that hard to beleive).
      • 8 Years Ago
      also, just noticed the 10k charge for out of area purchases cover future expense of servicing it since they have to ship it to a service center. interesting
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it...

      Anyone know if it does it does regenerative braking?

      Regarding the argument that it is just moving the pollution to coal power plants:
      -Consolidation of pollution sources in a single location (power plant) is a very good thing. It makes the pollution much more controllable and easier to reduce/regulate than trying to keep everyones ICE engines in optimal condition.
      -There are many options for producing electricity which create no pollution or very little. But the only way to extract energy from oil/gas is to burn it which always pollutes.

      If ICEs aren't completely replaced at least having new alternatives will push development of more efficient ICEs and fuels. Or it may just cause the anti-electro-propaganda-opec-conspiracy-campaign to go supercharged :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      You guys are nuts. It thoughts like these that hold back society and technology.

      NOTHING is zero emissions when you think about production and blah blah. We are humans, we consume the resources of the earth. If you make that argument you should stop eating and polluting everyday when you have a bowel movement.

      So some pollution from production versuses amazing amounts of green house gasses? I'll take the cool electric car. We have to start thinking differently fast, it ain't gonna fix itself.

      Also you critics fail to realize li-ion batteries are recyclable as well. CO2 isn't
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is not an "electric Elise." Lotus was the winner of a "bake-off" for a design for the new Tesla Roadster. Lotus is involved. It's NOT a Lotus. It's a Tesla.

      The initial intent is to sell the cars where Tesla can provide appropriate service.

      As for the comparison to the EV1, you'll have to ask General Motors why the EV1 is no longer produced.

      For the person worried about "standard charging," the Tesla Roadster can be plugged in to any standard 110VAC outlet. The charging system is onboard the car. There's a fast charging system which is installed in the home and provides 220v for a 3.5 hour charge.

      In case no one noticed, that's Gov. Schwarzenegger riding around in the early shots of the car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I don't undertsand...if this car is truly not harmful to the environment...did they figure out a way to properly dispose of the batteries/ battery acid once the batteries' life has ended???"

      Why can't people get off the subject of batteries?!!

      You know, just about every single car on the road has a lead acid battery and they DO get recycled. As a matter of fact, a high percentage of current batteries came from recycled materials.

      We already have a very good system in place that help us recover automotive batteries, and I can tell you now, when you have 1/2 ton of batteries in a car, it's not that easy to just throw it away in the trash!

      So while the process of delivering oil is plauge with many opportunities of mishaps, the usage of batteries from manufacturing to disposal is well controled, and certainly much safer for our health and environment.

      I'm not it is PERFECT, but making a big deal about batteries is like saying CANCER (oil) is easier to treat compare to a burn.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's an electric Elise, right?
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