Hey Cool Car Fans,
There are a number of great reviews and videos on the Tesla Roadster on Youtube, but I thought I would post this one on The Cool Car Guy Network for our visitors and Members to check out. The Tesla Roadster was the first really cool electric car on the market. It was only manufactured from 2008 to 2012 and then Tesla switched to a Sedan, the S Model.
The car is based on the Lotus Elise body style and I have to say that I was disappointed that they discontinued this vehicle because it’s a super cool ride, as you’ll see by watching the video. According to the U.S. EPA, the cool little Roadster could travel up to 244 miles or 393 km on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack and then you charge it up like your cell phone each night in your garage. This fast sports car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 3.7 or 3.9 seconds depending on the model.
I always get a kick out of this with electric cars, but the the Roadster’s efficiency, as of September 2008, was reported as 120 mpg, which really made no sense because it runs on electricity. The Roadster was the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells, which was pretty cool. It was also the first production BEV (all-electric) to travel more than 200 miles (320 km) per charge, which was revolutionary and Tesla sold out of these vehicles every year.
One other things that was really cool about this car was the way that it was sold. Tesla has stores like Apple in high-end shopping malls, like Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colorado for example. It’s right across from the Apple store, so they catch the techies as they leave one tech store to go see another tech product, which just happens to be an electric car. The Roadster had a 2010 base price of US $109,000 in the United States. However, financing was only done through Bank of America at the time and I’m honestly not sure who will finance a used one right now, but I’ll have to check into that and update this post or comment on it.
I have seen a few of these running through the Dealer Auctions and they still command a pretty penny. The 2010 in this photo only has around 3,100 miles and it’s listed for about $75,000 through the dealer auction. It’s a sweet ride though for the money. Enjoy the video.
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