This is the Tesla Roadster, a brand new sportscar that runs on batteries. 6,831 of them. Previous attempts at electrical propulsion, have not met with the greatest of success, think Sinclair C5. But with all due respect to Sir Clive, his effort had two basic flaws. First it didn’t look like a proper car. Second it had all the finesse, speed and performance of my nan’s electric scooter.
This time, things are different. The Tesla will keep up with a Ferrari and accelerate from 0-60 in 4 seconds. The motor is a 3-phase 4-pole induction type, which has just 1 moving part, so the car should also be very reliable. On a full charge the car will run 250 miles between charges, which take up to 3 hours to charge up. And to make sure it looked the part, they got Lotus to design it.