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Tesla Roadster

Regular production of the 2008 Tesla Roadster started on 17 March 2008 at the Lotus plant in Hethel, marking an historical milestone for Tesla Motors and a watershed in the development of clean, zero-emissions vehicles.

First unveiled as a prototype on July 19th, 2006, the Tesla Roadster generated an extraordinary response from people everywhere who were inspired by the vision that beautiful, high performance cars could generate zero-emissions and burn no oil.

Now, this vision has become a reality as Tesla Motors begins production of this electric vehicle. The 2008 model year was already sold out at the start of production and Tesla is currently taking reservations for the 2009 model year Tesla Roadster. Over 900 Tesla Roadsters have been reserved in total (March 2008).

In March 2010 Tesla confirmed that their agreement with Lotus for the supply of electric Roadster rolling chassis will now be extended beyond the original planned cut-off date of March 2011. The original deal was for a total of 1.700 units, but this has been increased to 2.400, with production now expected to end in December 2011. With thi shigher volume Tesla should be able to produce the Roadster untill 2012. The next generaion of the Roadster is expected to be a bigger car. It is not sure if this will also have Lotus roots.

There are also plans for a next model, a five passenger sports sedan, the Tesla Model S. Deliveries are planne dto start in 2012.

Tesla Model S


Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster


Tesla Roadster Specifications

Top Speed
Battery Life
Energy Storage System
Full Charge

Tesla Roadster Technical Data

Type designation 3-phase, 4-pole electric motor
Max net power 185kW
Max rpm 13,000
Efficiency 90% average, 80% at peak power
Torque see torque curve chart
Type: 2 speed electrically actuated manual transmission with final drive; constant mesh gears and inertia lock key type synchromesh
Gear Ratio Overall
First 4.20 : 1 14.3 : 1
Second 2.17 : 1 7.4 : 1
Final Drive 3.41 : 1  
Reverse reverse direction of motor
Front Suspension Type: independent; upper and lower wishbone; co-axial coil spring/telescopic damper unit; anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension Type: independent; upper and lower wishbone; co-axial coil spring/telescopic damper
Type: Cross-drilled 300 mm front and 310 mm rear discs with curved vane ventilation; AP Racing Two piston Aluminum fixed front calipers; Brembo Single piston sliding rear calipers
Operation: Vacuum pump driven Servo assisted with 4 wheel ABS system
Type Forged Light alloy
Size - front 5.5J x 16
Size - rear 7.5J x 17
Type Yokohama Neova AD07 LTS
Size - front 175/55 R16
Size - rear 225/45 R17
Overall length (in. / mm) 155.4 / 3946
Overall width - incl. mirrors (in. / mm) 73.7 / 1873
Overall height (at curb weight) (in. / mm) 44.4 / 1127
Wheelbase (in. / mm) 92.6 / 2352
Track - front (in. / mm) 57.6 / 1464
Track - rear (in. / mm) 59.0 / 1499
Curb weight Around 2690 pounds (subject to complete safety and durability testing)
Leg Room (in./mm) 42.0 / 1067
Front Head Room (in./mm) 36.7 / 932
Front Shoulder Room (in./mm) 26.0 / 660
Standard Interior features
  1. Heated sport seats with inflatable lumbar support
  2. Three-spoke leather-wrapped sport steering wheel
  3. Smooth leather seats and trim in black, dark gray, light gray, or beige
  4. Blaupunkt stereo sound system with single-disc CD player, iPod interface, and MP3 playback
  5. Cruise Control
  6. Homelink universal transmitter to operate compatible garage, gate, and home lighting/home security systems
  7. Power windows and locks
  8. Air conditioning
  9. Single retractable cup holder
Standard Exterior Features
  1. Double-insulated black soft top
  2. Proprietary halogen low- and high-beam headlamp assemblies
  3. LED tail lights
  4. Forged uni-directional seven-spoke wheels in silver finish: 16" front, 17" rear
  5. Locking wheel lugs
  6. Tire Inflator/sealant
  7. Cold weather ESS heater for cold weather charging to -20 degrees Celsius
  8. Home-based charging system with integral safety features for 3.5 hour full re-charge
Standard Safety and Security Features
  1. Four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS)
  2. Traction control
  3. Tire pressure monitoring system
  4. Front and rear crumple zones
  5. Driver and passenger front airbags
  6. Rigid occupant safety cell
  7. Side impact door beams
  8. Seatbelt pretensioners
  9. Integrated headrests
  10. Vehicle theft-deterrent and engine immobilizer system
  11. PIN for security in operating the vehicle
  12. Valet mode to restrict speed, acceleration, and distance
Factory-installed options and accessories
  1. Premium leather seats available in nine colors with embroidered Tesla Motors logo
  2. Microfiber, non-leather seats in black
  3. Bluetooth cellular phone integration
  4. Satellite radio with 170 channels of digital sound
  5. Seven-speaker premium sound system tuned for Tesla Roadster cockpit
  6. Touch-screen navigation system with voice guidance
  7. Matching body-colored carbon fiber hardtop with full headliner
  8. Metallic and premium paint
  9. Tesla Motors custom floor mats
  10. Mobile charging system


About Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors develops and manufactures electric vehicles, conforming to all U.S. safety, environmental and durability standards. The Tesla Roadster is the only highway capable production electric car of any kind for sale in the United States (March 2008).

With a 0 to 60 mph acceleration of 3.9 seconds, the Tesla Roadster is unique in providing super car performance at twice the energy efficiency of the best hybrids. The first car was bought by collector and TV personality Jay Leno. For more information, visit http://www.teslamotors.com/.