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The Tesla Roadster is the first fully electric automobile to be produced by electric car firm Tesla Motors. Tesla claims prototypes have been able to accelerate from 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in about 4 seconds, and reach a top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). Additionally, the car will be able to travel 250 miles (400 km) on a single charge of its lithium ion batteries. While the Roadster does not actually use gasoline, an equivalent fuel efficiency of 135 mpg (57 km/l, or 1.75 l/100 km) is reported
The car was officially unveiled on July 19, 2006 in Santa Monica, California. Its "Signature One Hundred" first set of fully equipped cars sold out by late August, and the second hundred sold out by October. Each of the first 200, fully loaded with all options, cost US$100,000; delivery is scheduled for 2007.
Tesla’s Roadster will be available in 2007. The cost? Between $80,000 and $100,000. Hey, saving the planet and having a blast doing it doesn’t come cheap. Perhaps Tesla’s success will spawn a new generation of less expensive EVs.