The Tesla Roadster, which the California carmaker says is ‘the world’s only electric supercar’ has been approved for Australian roads and will go on sale shortly with a starting price of $206,188. A showroom is slated to open in Sydney this year.
The hand-built, carbon-fiber Roadster is a zero-emission vehicle, powered by a liquid-cooled battery pack, and develops 215 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque – the latter right from start. It returns a 0-100 km/h time of less than four seconds.
It claims a range of 360 km, and can be recharged from your home power outlet, which means it can also use any renewable energy form that is sourced for domestic electricity such as solar, hydro and wind energy.
The Roadster 2.5 – the fourth vehicle from brand – comes standard with all the usual driver aids, plus some unusual extras such as power control hardware to boost driveability in hot climates, and an optional 18 cm touch-screen display with satnav and reversing camera. And house-call servicing, with Tesla tech assistants coming to your home or office for the annual service inspections and upgrades.
Interestingly, Tesla Motors has so far sold more than 1500 Roadsters globally.