Tesla Motors announced today that it has hit a milestone, delivering over 1,500 electric Roadsters worldwide. The fleet of battery-powered two-seaters, which may be spotted whizzing down the roads in more than 30 countries, have accumulated in excess of 8.5 million real-world miles, saving an estimated 415,000 gallons of gas. While the company can rightfully be proud of this accomplishment, let's not forget that we heard that Roadster sales hit 1,300 sometime in 2008.

Tesla chief executive officer, Elon Musk, spoke of the Roadster's new milestone:
The Roadster has earned global appeal. Our latest delivery milestone proves the Tesla is raising the bar for EVs. The Roadster's advanced electric powertrain is the foundation of Tesla's success.
For Tesla, 2010 was a banner year. Last May, the electric car maker acquired the NUMMI factory in Fremont, CA. Then, in June, Tesla hit the stock market. In October, Tesla finalized a deal to develop electric powertrain components for Toyota. Additionally, Tesla launched its Roadster 2.5 and opened more showrooms, including one in Paris and another in Tokyo before 2010 came to a close. Even with a slowed sales rate, that's what we'd call a banner year.

[Source: Tesla Motors]

PRESS RELEASE

Tesla exceeds 1,500 Roadster deliveries worldwide


Fleet of Roadsters has accumulated over 8.5 million real-world miles

Monday, January 10, 2011

Palo Alto, Calif. -- Tesla Motors has delivered more than 1,500 Roadsters worldwide, a significant milestone as the automaker's momentum builds in North America, Europe and Asia.

The fleet of Roadsters spans more than 30 countries. They have accumulated more than 8.5 million miles (14 million kms) in real-world driving, saving 415,000 gallons (1.6 million liters) of gasoline and more than 22,000 barrels of oil.

"The Roadster has earned global appeal. Our latest delivery milestone proves the Tesla is raising the bar for EVs," said Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk. "The Roadster's advanced electric powertrain is the foundation of Tesla's success."

The milestone comes after a banner year for Tesla, whic acquired an assembly plant in Fremont, Calif., and forged strategic partnerships wit Toyota and Panasonic. Tesla also became a public company in 2010.

Tesla also launched the next-generation Roadster 2.5, demonstrating Tesla's continuous innovation and close feedback loop with its engineers and customers. Tesla opened its first Asian store in October; the showroom in Tokyo's Aoyama district has the highest foot traffic of any Tesla store worldwide.

In 2010, Tesla delivered cars in more than 30 countries – from Singapore to Switzerland. The most northerly Roadsters are in Narvik, Norway, 140 miles (220 kilometers) north of the Arctic Circle.

ABOUT TESLA MOTORS

Tesla's goal is to produce a full range of electric cars, from premium sports cars to mass market vehicles – relentlessly driving down the cost of electric vehicles. It is currently the only automaker in the U.S. that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 1,500 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and Asia. The Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than most sports cars yet produces no emissions. Visit Tesla online at www.teslamotors.com.



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