• Nov 6, 2007
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It seems that every fall we get a slight reprieve from the ridiculous gas prices of the summer season, but this year prices seem to be headed further north. With the bleak outlook at the pump, it's comforting to see a Tesla Roadster on public roads. Veronica Belmont from Mahalo Daily (also a semi-regular on Leo Laporte's This Week in Tech podcast) got some very exclusive time with Zak Edson of Tesla Motors to discuss the famous roadster, and a chauffeured ride came as part of the package.

The Tesla Roadster is decidedly quiet, even though its 13,000 rpm motor can propel the car to 60 mph in less than four seconds. Edson also showed how letting a foot off the accelerator gives the battery a regenerative charge that also helps keep wear and tear on the brakes to a min. Since the Tesla roadster is 100% electric, the two-seater will always need access to a battery charger to remain relevant, and Edson shared Tesla's plan to include a 220-volt charge system with every vehicle purchase. We like the way the LED display in the charge compartment changes colors to show the driver where the lithium ion battery pack is in the charge cycle, as well as the charge port that lights up a different color depending on how charged the batteries are.

Check out the vid after the jump and enjoy seeing the Tesla Roadster actually being used. What a concept!

[Soure: Mahalo Daily]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice ride. Hmmmm - The shoulder belt is visibly not in place during their ride. Buckle up, Veronica!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with you, geekmorgan. That music ruined the "quiet" effect of the electric car for me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I have to wonder if eventually electric cars will have to come with some sort of noise maker so pedestrians hear them coming.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why would you talk about how quiet the car is when it runs, then play STUPID LOUD MUSIC during the only part where you could actually appreciate the silence when you're driving. That just ruined it for me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If we use less oil the insurgents in Iraq will immediately cease their resistance and democracy will be established!---------Almost, if we use less oil the insurgents in Iraq will have to use knives and stones instead of IED's, sholder fired missiles and such.......see the difference?

      I bet that would affect the death rate of US soldiers.

      Dude please do reply to me, tell me all the benefits of decreasing MPG, please do.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hopefully they can get the costs down and release a sedan for the masses. I'm sure it'll take a decade or two but it will be worth it. -----------Dude you are thinking like a CEO of a car company. Do you really think that Bill Gates says ..ohhh i'll start selling new OS in 10 years? NO, no one does that.

      If Tesla has a smart CEO they will have that Sedan in 5-8 years. These days companies move super fast. Global Warming is a NOW issue, and people will want to buy these cars NOW, money will be made in NOW mode.


      • 7 Years Ago
      I would love to own one of these. Looks great, drives fast and uses no gas. Plus its perfect for day to day driving and even short distance trips. Too bad i would never be able to afford one w/ their $98k plus price tag :(
        • 7 Years Ago
        Should start buying lottery tickets!!!

        Sweet car
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd ride that.

      ...wait there was a car in that video?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seriously, that girl is cute as hell.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ummm... what is the range of this vehicle using the 3-hour home charge unit? I'm curious if my 20-mile drive to and from work will get me home to charge the vehicle?
        • 7 Years Ago
        PiCASSO, I think what you meant to write was: "How is that everyone is *praising* the ability of the Chevrolet Volt's batteries to do 40 miles on a single charge, yet this Telsa can accomplish 245-miles without the assist of an gasoline/diesel engine?"

        It boils down to the difference between a plug-in electric (EV1, Tesla Roadster) and a plug-in hybrid (Volt). If the Volt runs out of electric power after 40 miles, it has a gasoline engine for backup. If the Tesla Roadster runs out of electric power after 245 miles, it is stranded in the middle of the road. GM could add more batteries to the Volt to increase its range under electric power, but batteries are expensive.

        As for the EV1, it used older generation batteries (lead acid at first, then NiMH), which were inferior to the Li-ion used in the Tesla Roadster. There are more advanced batteries out there than Li-ion, but they are very cost prohibitive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The price of the charger is nearly immaterial. It'll cost thousands to get it installed in your garage anyway. And if you rent an apartment, you likely can't install it at all.

      The charge port color trick is taken straight off Apple laptops.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So are the batteries! ... lol!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Installing a 220v line in your breaker box and running the line to this unit would not cost thousands...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not a political post? My ass it wasn't a political post.

      How the Hell did you find a correlation between oil consumption and establishing democracy in Iraq?

      Basically you just said "If we use less oil the insurgents in Iraq will immediately cease their resistance and democracy will be established!" I could keep going on and on about your post, because it's damn ridiculous but I just don't have the energy to type that 4,000 word reply. That's how long it would take to point out your flaws.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Russell @ Nov 6th 2007 1:25PM wrote: "Plus this [Tesla Roadster] requires a special 220volt charger where the Volt will use a regular 110v plug"

        The Tesla Roadster does *not* require 220V. It can plug into a regular 110V outlet, the same outlet your regular household electronics are plugged into. From Tesla Motors' FAQ: "How do you recharge it? Unlike EVs of the past, the Tesla Roadster has a built-in battery charging system that can basically plug into any outlet... There is also an optional mobile charging kit that allows you to charge from any available electrical outlet (110V or 220V) wherever you happen to be."

        http://www.teslamotors.com/learn_more/faqs.php
        • 7 Years Ago
        Russell @ Nov 6th 2007 1:25PM wrote: "Plus this [Tesla Roadster] requires a special 220volt charger where the Volt will use a regular 110v plug"

        The Tesla Roadster does *not* require 220V. It can plug into a regular 110V outlet, the same outlet your regular household electronics are plugged into. From Tesla Motors' FAQ: "How do you recharge it? Unlike EVs of the past, the Tesla Roadster has a built-in battery charging system that can basically plug into any outlet... There is also an optional mobile charging kit that allows you to charge from any available electrical outlet (110V or 220V) wherever you happen to be."

        http://www.teslamotors.com/learn_more/faqs.php
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, you said it buddy. Man...

        ..

        Anyway, this car looks effing awesome. I wonder how much it'll cost?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Plus this requires a special 220volt charger where the Volt will use a regular 110v plug
        • 7 Years Ago
        A 110V outlet is useless for charging this thing. You can only draw 1800W from a standard 110V outlet. The Tesla has a 53,000Wh battery. It would take 29 hours to charge from a 110V outlet, assuming 100% efficiency (which isn't even achievable).
      • 7 Years Ago
      "a chauffeured ride came as part of the package."

      So they wouldn't let her drive it, huh?
      • 7 Years Ago
      OK, this car uses no gas, it is offensive to all those who oppose any standards on fuel economy. This car may result in cleaner air and may result in US reducing its oil consumption. Which makes it a hateful symbol, (like swastika or a white hood) for all those who posted yesterday in reply to Hillary’s proposal to increase MPG to 55.

      To most normal people…..and it seems like they will win in 2008 this car is the symbol of clean air, of freedom, of future.

      This is by no means a political comment by me, I am not a Democrat, never was, and no I will never vote for Ron Paul either. The public wants to see US free of oil, the public is tired of financing US army AND those who shoot at them. Democrats have finally realized it, as have some Republicans. Heck even Bush want to increase MPG to 4% a year. But auto industry and SUV fan boys will do and say anything to stop that. No one tells them to drive smaller cars…just SUVs that get better MPG… and that offends them, clean air offends them, US not being held by the balls by middle eastern sheiks offends them.

      Yesterday after reading that article on Hillary I was laughing, it was so funny, because automakers are fighting Bush’s weak plan tooth and nail, not even realizing that the second Bush steps down any President will increase MPG substantially, whether Republican or Democrat. It will be the end of cars and trucks that get 15 MPG.

      Any automaker with brains will invest into fuel saving tech….whether hybrid or diesel or regular gas engine that is cable of running more efficiently.

      Do I oppose SUVs and Trucks…am I offended by Tundra’s and f-150’s and Titans…NO. I am not, I simply want to see these trucks get MPG in mid 20s, so we can all breath fresh air, so we can turn on TV and see US Soldiers turning Iraq into a Democracy…..we are tired of seeing news where US soldiers are casualties of war.

      Automakers…yes you too Toyota, you need to stop putting yourselves ahead of the nation, develop more efficient engines or perish like dinosaurs.
        • 7 Years Ago
        sorry, who are these people who are offended by this car again?

        seems to me they exist only in your head
      • 7 Years Ago
      Question: What are you guys going to be different than EV-1?
      Answer: For one we're going to sell these to people.

      BAM! POW! Snack! Good one tall Dude.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd love to have one because it's gorgeous, fast and high tech, but I gotta laugh at people who think electric cars are going to save the planet. Where do they think the electricity comes from?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It won't save the planet, but it is a step in the right direction.

        Again, from Tesla Motors' FAQ:
        "Don't electric vehicles actually just move pollution to another location? And therefore don't EVs still use oil? No. Most electric power generation in the United States does not use oil... Power generation plants, even coal burning ones, are inherently more efficient and less polluting than vehicles due to economies of scale... Also, an electric car is far more efficient than a gasoline car, so the amount of pollution generated by producing the electricity to drive an EV a given distance is much less than the pollution from the gasoline to drive an internal combustion car the same distance."

        Source:
        http://www.teslamotors.com/learn_more/faqs.php
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