Falling in Love with an Electric Car

| 8/21/2008 3:51:16 PM

Check out the video below. It's from Mark Templeton, who can't stop smiling because he got his Tesla Roadster. Watch it and you'll understand why.

I so desperately want one. Especially the jet black color. If Batman had an electric car, this would be it. The only problems for me are it costs about $110,000 and takes about 12 months to get one. Ha ha, like I could actually get past the first problem, right?

If you don't already know, the Tesla Roadster is an all-electric (uses lithium ion batteries) two-seater. It goes zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and gets the equivalent of 256 mpg. Its batteries will take you about 220 miles. Performance, efficiency and range — what's not to love?

But here's the best part: with the national average price of electricity being about 10 cents per kilowatt hour, you'd pay less than 2 cents per mile to drive this car. Rock.

You can learn more about Tesla Motors and the Tesla Roadster here.

John Rockhold is a green car enthusiast and Contributing Editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Find him on .

12/23/2011 11:00:55 PM

Somebodiy's lying. According to the Tesla website, the car draws 240W-hr/mi @60 mph, but in another spot on the same site it says it draws 215kW @4400rpm. That means to drive 240 mi (its range) @60mph ( drawing122kW) it would use ~488kW-hr of juice. At 15c/kW-hr (don't forget the taxes), that's about $73 for the trip. A car with ICE getting 20mpg & fuel @ $3.50/gal would do the trip for $42....There's no free lunch It takes so much power to drive a certain speed for a certain distance, regardless of the type of engine.. And if you have a high performance car, it burns more fuel.... In the US, about half our electricity comes from coal. Power plants and the transmision of electricity across a distance are not terribly efficient. It's actually better for the encvironment to use petroleum fuel than electricity for automotive applications if your power is coming from a coal fire plant.

Ben Nelson
12/23/2011 7:42:43 PM

In regards to "letting 'er rip"...... The one thing the Tesla Roadster does NOT do well is burn rubber! It has computerized traction-control to maximize power to the rear wheels for acceleration WITHOUT letting them slip! This means AMAZING acceleration, but is NOT a LOUD and SMOKING display of power. It's bizzare to see the Tesla accelerate full-tilt in person because we are so used to loud noise as a cue to automotive power. I was fortunate enough to once ride in the passenger seat of a Roadster. While 0-60mph is sort of the standard for acceleration, what you would not believe is the 0-25mph time. It had to have been under a second! Ever go to an amusement park and go on the ride which is a cylindrical room, where it spins and then the floor drops out? THAT'S what it feels like to accelerate in a Tesla. When I built my DIY Geo Metro Electric Car, I made sure that I COULD burn rubber in it. Mostly, just to get the people who think electric cars are nothing more than golf cars, to think a bit different. In fact, one thing I noticed when I rode in the Tesla was that the SENSE of acceleration in both the Electro-Metro AND the Tesla were EXACTLY the same! It's just that the Tesla kept that feeling going for MUCH longer! Still, I'm pretty proud to have a homebuilt car that burns rubber, not gasoline!

Matt Foster
8/25/2008 9:01:47 AM

This is a great post because even though most of us can't afford a performance machine like this, it illustrates that it's important for us not to give up our dream-like fantasies just for the sake of the green revolution. I think a lot of people who care about making good envioronmental decisions, maybe men in particular, also hold onto fantasies of having a high performance sportscar or a high horsepowered truck. We just demand it to also make good environmental sense. My dream machine is a biodiesel-electric hybrid truck with a modification done by AFS Trinity Power Corporation http://www.hybridsuv.com/concept-vehicles/150-mpg-hybrid http://www.afstrinity.com/. They modified a 30-mile-per-gallon Saturn Vue to get 150 mpg. I could probably never afford this and besides, to my knowledge no one is even making a biodiesel-electric truck. But I can dream and I think where dreams and common sense collide is where reality becomes most blissful.

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