CNET is there as the first production Tesla electric roadster arrives (see video above). Why are they rolled from the truck by hand and not driven? The cars are made in England by Lotus, the batteries are made in Taiwan, and Tesla puts the components together in California.

Edmunds got a test drive that you can check out here. The Edmunds review says there is "a slight whine as the motor starts spinning" and the "unassisted steering is heavy at low speeds." We liked the steering when we took a Roadster for a spin. Cars like the Tesla are not meant to stand still and the Edmunds' review continues saying "With 248 horsepower and between 205 pound-feet and 211 lb-ft of torque available from zero rpm to 6,000 rpm, this 2,690-pound roadster accelerates steadily and even quickly as we drive up the steep roads that wind through the redwood trees."

The delivery of the first Roadster means that celebs like George Clooney, the Governator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), two members of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Google founders, all of whom are on the waiting list, are one step closer to getting their new rides.

[Source: CNET, Edmunds]

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