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All-electric sports car gets ready to roll

Posted: 19 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Roadster car production? electric sports car? hybrid cars?

Tesla Motors Inc. has started regular production of the 2008 Tesla Roadster electric sports car.

First unveiled as a prototype on July 2006, the Tesla Roadster is dubbed by Ze'ev Drori, president and CEO of Tesla Motors, in the corporate blog as the "only zero-emission electric vehicle in production today."

The car boasts a 0-60mph acceleration of 3.9s and a 13,000rpm redline. Along with an EPA rating of 135MPG equivalent, the Tesla Roadster, according to the company, provides high performance at twice the energy efficiency of the best hybrids available.

Said the company, the 2008 model is sold out in the United States and Tesla is currently taking reservations for the 2009 Roadster model. To date, over 900 Tesla Roadsters have been reserved. Tesla Motors plans to introduce a five-passenger sports sedan, in 2010.

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