Tesla Motors' chief executive officer, Elon Musk, credits Roadster owners with this milestone:
Launched in 2008, the Tesla Roadster is an electric sports car that rips up the asphalt with 0 to 60 miles per hour coming in as quick as 3.7 seconds. With 246 miles of official rated range, the Roadster toes the line between the more common short-range electric vehicles and long-haul capable, gasoline- and diesel-fueled autos.We owe this achievement to Roadster drivers around the world and their pioneering adoption of electric vehicles. The Roadster has proven to the world that electric cars can be incredibly fun, and practical. Most importantly, these vehicles have provided Tesla with a real-world test fleet that allows us to stay on the cutting edge of electric powertrain engineering and technology.
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Tesla owners all over the world have collectively saved 500 thousand gallons of gas
Monday, March 28, 2011
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Tesla Motors announced today that electric Roadsters in over 30 countries have now covered over 10 million real-world miles, the greatest collective distance covered by any electric vehicle maker to date. Roadsters have collectively saved 500,000 gallons of fuel and over 5.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Over 1500 Roadsters have consistently outperformed the best traditional supercars all over the world, to the delight of their owners.
"We owe this achievement to Roadster drivers around the world and their pioneering adoption of electric vehicles," said Tesla Motors cofounder and CEO Elon Musk. "The Roadster has proven to the world that electric cars can be incredibly fun, and practical. Most importantly, these vehicles have provided Tesla with a real-world test fleet that allows us to stay on the cutting edge of electric powertrain engineering and technology."
The Roadster launched in 2008 as the only highway-capable EV in the world, and today it still has no equals. Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and traveling 245 miles on a single charge, the Roadster set the bar for performance and range for electric driving. The Roadster is also credited with catalyzing the automotive industry to pursue a zero-emissions future.
Tesla launched the Roadster 2.5, the fourth iteration of the vehicle, last year, demonstrating the company's continuous innovation and close feedback loop with engineers and customers. The Roadster continues to break new barriers, setting records for distance traveled on a single charge by an EV, and proving itself to be an ideal sports car for cold-weather driving.
From Vancouver, Canada to Melbourne, Australia, the Roadster has proved that drivers don't need to compromise on performance, style or even range to go electric. Tesla is actively building on what it has learned from the Roadster to make its next vehicles just as groundbreaking.
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 United States that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production. Palo Alto, California-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 the Asia Pacific Region. The Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than most sports cars yet produces no emissions.