The All-Electric Tesla Roadster: The Fastest Production Electric Car: The Complete Guide

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It Is Super Fast, Super Cool And It Could Be On Your Driveway! It Is the New Tesla Roadster AWD Supercar!


Overview


Tesla Inc. (formerly Tesla Motors Inc.) was founded by American engineers, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003. They named the Palo Alto based company, Tesla, as a tribute to the engineer Nikola Tesla.  In fact, Elon Musk (Co-Founder, Tesla) become involved with the company post the founding of Tesla Motors. He was the lead  investor in the 2004  Series A investment round.

In 2008, Tesla unveiled its first zero-emission electric vehicle (EV), the all-electric Roadster.  As they say, the rest is history. Tesla, Inc is a publicly listed company and has a market value higher than any other automotive manufacturer. Elon Musk is also ranked as one of the richest individuals in the world. According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he is ranked second with a net worth of US$187 billion.

Tesla has the following battery-electric vehicle (BEV) models either in production or in development. In 2020, the EV company surpassed a production volume of 1 million plug-in electric cars.

Tesla also sells battery energy storage, solar panels, solar roof and other EV charging related equipment and accessories. Tesla also owns and operates a vast network of Tesla Superchargers (20,000+ across more than 4,500 locations).


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The All-Electric Tesla Roadster


If there is one individual that is knowledgeable about velocity, acceleration, speed and range, it is the founder of Space Exploration Technologies Corp, known simply as Space X, the company that very recently concluded a high-profile mission to space. The founder of Space X, is also a founder of many other innovative companies to include Tesla, Inc., a leading force in the low carbon automotive sector. Yes, it is Elon Musk.

It should be no surprise that Elon Musk has commonality in his aspirations for space and earth travel. The all new Tesla Roadster battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is a case in point.

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The All-Electric New Tesla Roadster (credit: Tesla)

The California based electric vehicle manufacturer claims the new electric Roadster supercar will be the “quickest car in the world, with record-setting acceleration, range and performance.” Yes, the production-series Roadster electric car is set to break a number of records, to include the fastest production car ever built.

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
0-60 mph:1.9 seconds
0-100 mph:4.2 seconds
Engine:Electric
Top Speed:250 mph +
Wheel Torque (Nm):10,000
Range:620 miles
Drive:All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
Seats:4
Available In UK:Yes (can be reserved)

The zero tailpipe emission electric vehicle can achieve 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, with a top speed of 250 mph. The EV can accelerate 0-100 mph in 4.2 seconds and 1/4 mile in 8.8 seconds. The all-wheel drive (AWD) will have two independent motors powering the front and rear wheels respectively.

But if that alone is not impressive enough, the AWD BEV will have a zero-emission electric range of 620 miles and seat 4! To put the range in perspective, a family of four can drive from London to Inverness (570 miles) with range to spare. Now that is impressive. Of course the EV will be capable of DC charging and expect it to fully charge within an hour! The EV is expected to come with a 200 kWh lithium-ion battery.

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The All-Electric New Tesla Roadster (credit: Tesla)

The EV also incorporates a light weight and removable glass roof, so that the electric car can be converted into a convertible without much effort.

The New Tesla Roadster EV was unveiled by Elon Musk in November 2017, but this is not the first Roadster developed by the famed electric vehicle manufacturer. The original Roadster was built between 2008 to 2012. The electric sports car was based on the Lotus Elise chassis. The company sold nearly 2,500 electric Roadsters across 30 countries. Among many milestones achieved by the pure electric car, it also holds the distinction of being the only car to be launched into orbit on a test flight in February 2018.

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The All-Electric New Tesla Roadster (credit: Tesla)

Do not expect to have the new Tesla Roadster on your driveway anytime soon. Production of the EV is expected to commence in 2022 (it was initially set to be available in 2020, but was delayed) and will be first delivered to US customers. Expect deliveries in the UK in 2023. The pure electric supercar will be manufactured in California.

However, you can reserve one today on the Tesla UK website. Tesla has up to 1,000 units of the Founders Series priced at £189,000. You can also book the standard Roadster, that will require a payment of £34,000 within 10 days from the initial reservation.


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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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