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Funko
22-08-2006, 11:44:49
http://environment.guardian.co.uk/travel/story/0,,1855609,00.html

http://cache.jalopnik.com/images/2006/07/tesla_preview1.jpg

Built by Lotus in England using components from around the world - the battery is from Thailand, the instrument panel from South Africa - and designed by a team of engineers holed up in Silicon Valley, the Tesla is a quiet and very fast riposte to the idea that all electric vehicles have to look like golf carts, move slowly and be recharged at every traffic light. That the Tesla suggests electric vehicles can now be driven by medallion-wearing, louche-living lotharios is progress, of a sort.

Judging by the manufacturer's claims, the Tesla holds its own against other, more traditional high-performance cars. It certainly has the classic looks and the pedigree: it is assembled on the Lotus Elise production line in Norwich. It accelerates more quickly than a Ferrari Spider and fast enough to leave a Mercedes SL550 standing, yet Tesla reckons it costs just one cent per mile in electricity to run and boasts twice the fuel efficiency of hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius.

mr_G
22-08-2006, 11:47:48
das ist jaaah ein tolllllll car for THE HOFF.

Venom
22-08-2006, 11:48:37
And it also costs half a million dollars.

Funko
22-08-2006, 11:50:30
Only $100,000!! Bargain!

Venom
22-08-2006, 12:08:45
I'll take two at that price.

Kitsuki
22-08-2006, 12:41:28
Is that Arnie at the wheel?!

mr_G
22-08-2006, 12:46:44
:lol: he'll bebak

Drekkus
22-08-2006, 13:47:25
Wtf do they close up on the people in the car, in stead of showing the actual car?

mr_G
22-08-2006, 13:51:08
because that's arnie mannnn!!!!

mr_G
22-08-2006, 13:52:57
arnie and prince hairy

Funko
22-08-2006, 13:53:58
I found the picture completely seperately from the article.

Drekkus
22-08-2006, 13:56:15
So that's not the car at all

Funko
22-08-2006, 13:56:44
It is!

Funko
22-08-2006, 13:58:31
More here:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/blog/automotive/3423261.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Roadster


just google picture search tesla roadster

mr_G
22-08-2006, 14:00:53
why didn't you post those pics, now drekkus is all confused

Drekkus
22-08-2006, 14:12:35
Re: Electric Lotus
80 to 100,000 dollars??? - 28 mpg / 100,000 miles = approx 3500 gal of gas, and say at $4 a gal = $14,000. I rather buy a New Corvette, It will be cheaper

mr_G
22-08-2006, 14:15:27
your wife won't let you

Funko
22-08-2006, 14:16:35
Talk about missing the point.

Plus, you don't have to have a corvette which is a bonus.

Drekkus
22-08-2006, 14:33:42
I don't get the 100.000 mile bit. Is that the maximum a car can drive?

Funko
22-08-2006, 14:35:24
No... that's how long the battery lasts before you need to replace it

Venom
22-08-2006, 14:40:38
And the batteries are fucking expensive.

Regular electric cars cost 3 or 4 thousand bucks to replace the batteries. That thing is probably like 10,000.

Gas is cheaper.

mr_G
22-08-2006, 14:41:55
and before you know it they bought those from Dell.

King_Ghidra
22-08-2006, 14:44:18
There was an amazing car on Top Gear the other day, it ran on some kind of hydrogen mix thing, had a completely flat chassis so the bodyshell could be swapped between a saloon or an estate at will, had no pedals, just accelerator/brake on the steering wheel. It was pretty cool. Can't remember who makes it, though it's still in the R&D stage at the mo.

Oh and you could swap the steering wheel to either side of the car and the steering wheel featured a video display of the view from the rear of the car so no need for a rear view mirror.

Very cool.

Funko
22-08-2006, 14:44:41
Originally posted by Venom
And the batteries are fucking expensive.

Regular electric cars cost 3 or 4 thousand bucks to replace the batteries. That thing is probably like 10,000.

Gas is cheaper.

Of course, but most people don't drive sports cars and most people who do drive $100,000 cars aren't worried about another $10,000 in a few years time.

It's good to make cars people actually want that are electric rather than shit looking ones with crap performance which they have in the past.

C.G.B. Spender
22-08-2006, 14:45:49
Originally posted by Venom
Gas is cheaper. And you can buy a real car, not that funny british stuff (comes with a mechanic)

Venom
22-08-2006, 14:46:37
It's true that it's good to have an electric car that doesn't look a a retarded beetle of some kind, but they're still economically worse than gas.

And the hydrogen car was a Ford prototype I think.

mr_G
22-08-2006, 14:51:07
Henry Ford is Dutch

Funko
22-08-2006, 14:52:07
Well with our petrol (huh?) costs it's a lot closer, 100,000 miles at 28 mpg (US gallon) is $25,000 dollars at UK petrol prices whereas the electric car costs $5000 in electricity to do the same distance.

Funko
22-08-2006, 14:52:29
Henry Fjord is Norwegian

mr_G
22-08-2006, 14:54:15
Henry Lord is Brittisch

Sir Penguin
22-08-2006, 16:13:58
Henry Kord is a Klingon, or possibly a Greyhawk god.

SP

Drekkus
22-08-2006, 16:35:29
Originally posted by Funko
No... that's how long the battery lasts before you need to replace it So how much does the battery cost?

Funko
23-08-2006, 08:05:29
No idea.

Gary
23-08-2006, 08:33:57
driven by one very large, very expensive battery pack. :(
Tesla promises that the battery can be recharged in around three hours, gives a range of 250 milesSo how do you stop folk tripping over the lead as you charge it on the road outside your house ?

mr_G
23-08-2006, 08:37:00
No idea.

Kitsuki
23-08-2006, 08:48:53
Tesla just makes me think Red Alert...

Venom
23-08-2006, 11:51:29
3 hours? Yeah, don't take that thing on any road trips.