May 6, 2008

Tesla Roadster finally arrives

After several years of development, the Tesla Roadster finally appears in the market. Tesla Motors Inc. opened the first flagship store in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The next store will be opened in a couple months near Tesla's headquarters in the Silicon Valley city of San Carlos. So, Tesla Roadster is here!

The Tesla Roadster is a fully electric sports car, and is the first car produced by electric car firm Tesla Motors. The car can travel 225 miles (362 km) on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack and accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.9 seconds. The battery can be fully recharged in 3.5 hours.

The car was officially unveiled to the public on July 19, 2006 in Santa Monica, California and the San Francisco International Auto Show, held on November 18-26, 2006, was the Tesla Roadster's first auto show.

Then, Tesla began taking orders last year for the 600 Roadsters it planned to produce in 2008 and had sold all of them by October. The first ones began rolling off the production line six weeks ago, and all of the 2008 models should be delivered to their owners by March of next year. The first ones should begin going out the door later this month. Meanwhile, Tesla is busy in taking orders for 2009 models, with plans calling for production of about 1,500 cars.


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