I bet you had to read that headline twice! I know, I couldn’t believe it myself. One of the biggest obstacles to buying an electric car for me has always been performance. Now we finally have someone with a vision to revolutionize the industry who is doing what no one else has done to date – introducing an electric car that performs like a sports car.
Martin Eberhard’s development of this cutting-edge vehicle is being funded by high-profile internet billionaires like the founders of Google and Paypal. This should tell you right away that this car is serious business.
The new battery-powered car will be one of the fastest production cars available on the planet that will hold its own with those from Ferrari and Lamborghinis costing five times what the new roadster will sell for. The company name is Tesla Motors, after the Serbian inventor of the first AC motor.
The Tesla roadster gets its power from nearly 7,000 lithium-ion batteries, rechargeable, of course. There is nothing special about the batteries either, they are exactly the same batteries that we use in our laptops. In addition to going from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds, the vehicle has a top speed of more than 130 mph and a range before recharging of 250 miles. The first model to be built will be a two-seater roadster, but they already have plans for a sedan as well. So how much does this car cost to run? You won’t believe it, less than two cents a mile! Say goodbye to high gas prices because this car uses ZERO gas.
Eberhard’s electrical engineering expertise is what has provided it with the knowledge to build the first high-performance electric car. He says he was inspired to create the car by reading about other auto industry revolutionaries, John DeLorean and Preston Tucker.
Instead of trying to come up with a new battery source, he decided to go with lithium ion batteries because he was involved in the computer industry and he knows that large computer companies will continue to work to make the lightest, longest-lasting batteries that he can get. of the computer industry and its use to power their cars.
Tesla Motors has gone from being a concept to a car that will be made in less than three years. The first cars are being built in a factory in England and will be available in the summer of 2007. The price of the first cars is expected to be around $ 80,000. Considering the price of gas, it will soon be considered a bargain.