• Apr 1, 2009
Not long ago, the guys at Top Gear had the chance to enjoy a Tesla Roadster (sadly, the video of that much-discussed event is no longer available). Two things Jeremy Clarkston and crew criticized were the Tesla's range and brakes. The Roadster has now made a strong counter-claim about its range. Recently, a Roadster was taken to the Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives where it managed to go 241 miles on a single charge, just about the maximum range the Roadster is rated for (244 miles).

The car ended up being the only EV on the race, which went from Valence, France, to Monaco. The course used highways, where speeds of 90 km/h (60mph) were common, two-lane roads at 60 km/h (40 mph), and some 30 km/h (20 mph) mountain roads. Did the Roadster have a problem? Nope. The drivers didn't even stop to have lunch. The Roadster finally reached Monaco after 387.6 km (241miles), and the indicator said the car could run for another 61 km (38 miles). An absolute record for a production EV.

[Source: Le Blog Auto]


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