At a top speed of 135mph and the ability to go from 0-60mph in less than four seconds, you’d think the new Tesla Roadster would be a gas guzzlin’ fiend, but this new car is 100% electric and can cruise up to 300mi before it has to recharge. It can power up in about 3.5 hours and for a cost of about $2.50 and is already getting great reviews and coverage in the auto world.
The car, envisioned and created primarily by silicon-exec and auto entreprenuer Martin Eberhard, is a pioneer in a new field of efficient electric high-performance autos designed to appeal to car enthusiasts yet meet the practical needs of people who simply want cars that run well and get good mileage. It steps up to the challenge by setting a trend for a new generation of electric vehicles that cut our dependence on oil and cut costs for consumers at the pump. The innovation that designed the battery, a retooled version of the classic litium-ion that runs the laptop I’m working on right now, is exactly what need from car makers and other industries to tackle our fossil fuel created nightmare. Eberhard has managed to take the lithium-ion cells and bundled them into one large battery-pack that he’s engineered to maintain a charge level that promotes a longer life span. The new battery makes the car heavier than its counterparts in the racing world, but the super efficient engine has enough torque to make up for it, making the car competitive with such racing gems as the Lotus Elise.
They’re only making 100 Teslas in the first round of production and they won’t be ready until this summer, but they’re all spoken for. At a deposit of the full price of $100,000, the cars were snatched up in just two weeks with buyers betting their money on an unknown technology. This eagerness by wealthy consumers to invest in more sustainable, high-tech and modern versions of cars and other industrial products represents the want of society for more innovation and design that takes our future into account. Eberhard argues that the efficiency of his vehicle and future electrics is far beyond what we could reach with conventional engines or even hydrogen fuel cells.