0 to 60 in 3.9

Leading the way in the electric vehicle industry, Tesla Motors started taking orders on Sunday, January 11, for its high-performance zero-emissions sports car, the Tesla Roadster, pictured above. With a base price of $109,000 (yes, a little pricey, but that doesn't stop me from wanting it!) in the US, the basic features of the Roadster include: 100% electric fueled, 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, burns no oil, and 244 miles per charge. This car is really the ultimate electric vehicle, and, as of right now, Tesla has delivered more than 150 Roadsters to customers, and about 1,100 more people are on the waiting list.

Not only is this car super-sleek and ultra-efficient (it's twice as efficient as a compact hybrid sedan), it will also eventually pay for itself, not only because of its gasoline-free nature, but also from some incentives that several states will be putting into effect:

Save Some Green by Going Green

You’ll save more than the environment by driving electric. Perks include tax incentives in select states as well as a variety of other conveniences. Here are some examples:

  • Single-occupancy access to all carpool lanes in some states
  • Free parking at charging stations at LAX and other airports
  • No parking meter fees in an increasing number of major metropolitan areas
  • Discount electrical rates for recharging and/or on the charging unit available in some states

New laws and incentives are being added rapidly at the federal, state, and local levels, and it would be impossible to list them all. Contact your electric service provider to find out about green incentives in your town. Your city or county administrative offices should be able to update you on any parking benefits. State departments of motor vehicles tend to manage permits for single-occupancy driving in car pool lanes. For those who live in California, some sample references are listed below:

> Southern California Edison: Rate Information

> Southern California Edison: Electric Vehicle Information

> Los Angeles Department of Water & Power: Residential Electric Vehicle Services

> Pacific Gas & Electric: Information for Low Emission Vehicle Customers (PDF)

> Pacific Gas & Electric: Electric Vehicle Charging Rate and Economics

> Drive Clean - Zero Emissions Vehicle Guide: List of Incentives

> Car Pool Lane Stickers

I, for one, am unbelievably excited about this car; the more I read about it, the more I love it! I've been keeping tabs on Tesla for a few months now, and finding out that these 100% electric vehicles are being produced and sold to the public gives me hope that one day, we will be able to achieve an emissions-free transportation industry.

So if you're thinking about buying one of these bad boys, or you'd just like to take a look at the specifics, check out this page from Tesla, and even if you're not in the market for Tesla's Roadster, I encourage you to keep them in mind, because I'm betting that in a few years, these cars will be more affordable and all the rage (at least I'm hoping!) and you might just be able to get your hands on one!

As for me, I think I'll be opening a 'Tesla Roadster' savings account sometime soon, and I'm also seriously considering getting a summer/senior year job, which is kind of funny, because I thought about getting a job to help pay for college, and I was just like, "Ehh, too many scheduling complications with school and stuff; I'll just get some scholarships or something," but now that the Roadster is out and about, I really am seriously thinking about a job for this summer and next year!

Photos are of the Tesla Roadster and some various charts from Tesla that I found kind of interesting.

tesla front

tesla rear

tesla driving range

oil stats


Christy :) said...

Hey Jayme, just checking to see if these posts are working :)

philm400 said...

Nice site Jayme! I'd love to have one of these Telsa cars. But I'm also loving my 2005 Honda Insight!