• Mar 29th 2011 at 11:04AM
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Traveling more than ten million miles without using a drop of gas is a considerable achievement, right? Well, that's exactly what the "over 1,500" Tesla Roadsters have done. On Monday, Tesla Motors announced that the 1,500-plus Roadsters that tear up the tarmac in more than 30 countries have racked up a combined ten million miles and counting. That means that, collectively, those electric Roadsters have saved over 500,000 gallons of fuel and eliminated 5.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

Tesla Motors' chief executive officer, Elon Musk, credits Roadster owners with this milestone:
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.
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.

[Source: Tesla Motors]

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Tesla Roadster Drives 10 Million Miles and Counting

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.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive. They aren't out of the woods yet, but what a product. You might think it's pricy, but where can you get a car with that beauty, performance, fuel economy, range, and quality for that price? I was a skeptic, but I have reformed. It's an awesome car. I wonder what the S is going to be like?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A job well done!

      For a moment there I thought that the 2010 Lightning GTS would be my favourite car with its Mode 4 (3 x 400 A / 1,000 V DC) charging capabilities but then it dropped out the in-wheel BLDC motors and battery capacity and even increased the price.

      In Nordic countries there are millions of Mode 1 (1 x 16 A / 250 V / 50 Hz Residual-Current Circuit Breakers) at condominiums and yacht clubs (although usually limited to 250 or 1,000 Watts only) so overnight charging should usually be okay for these cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kudos to Tesla!....now I can't wait for the battery costs to come down so i can afford one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tesla have recieved criticisms galore from assorted snipers along the way - but I regard their contribution towards development and acceptance of electric vehicles worldwide as tremendous. America should take pride in their achievement and should look to build on it.

      Ten million miles equates to an average 6666 miles per car. That sounds believable enough to me, when models 2-3 years old are in the mix with newer ones.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This simply an awesome vehicle. Took and extensive test drive and totally blown away. 0-60 in 3.7 sec with ZERO sound!!! Wicked.
      • 4 Years Ago
      PR smoosh.

      While they didn't use gas, they used a different power source and that power source emitted some amount of carbon.

      Not.. news..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Absolutely. Until we have a perfect solution that produces zero CO2, let's keep burning fossil fuel!

        I mean, let's ignore the benefits of reduced emissions by moving the scrubbers from a million mobile internal combustion engines to a well-regulated, stationary power plant, because there's still CO2 emissions being produced!

        Any improvement is good improvement, whining about the CO2 being produced by the power grid is counterproductive.

        Now, pointing out that the entire amount of fuel saved is about the same cost as a dozen or so roadsters, out of 1,500 units sold-- That's a valid criticism.

        Most EV's like this, the Monotracer e, the Fisker Karma, etc., aren't designed for mass production, or mass consumption-- they're expensive toys that will never pay for their upfront cost in terms of fuel savings, and they have minimal, if any, effect on global CO2 production, because they're never going to sell in quantities that become statistically meaningful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do have a point. If someone has the $ to throw down on a Tesla, they are quite likely to have the $ to throw down on a solar array too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tesla is partnered with Solar City ... I would be surprised if a large % of those roadsters sold in the USA - at least those sold in California - weren't powered at least in part by rooftop solar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That much gas is only enough to pay for 15 of these cars, if $3 gallon gas. Oh well, it is a step in the right direction.

      I had no interest in Tesla at all, till I saw the build quality of the Model S. Amazing car, and hope they out sell the Roadster by at least 20 times. I like to see Tesla produce something competitive with the Leaf by 2015.
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