EPA fuel economy (combined):
244 miles per charge
Fully-electric cars will trickle down to the middle class be patient but buyers with big checks can get theirs now, in what is the ultimate expression of speed and environmental smugness.
Sure, the Tesla Roadster shoves a 990-pound battery in the trunk, stuffs two passengers shoulder-to-shoulder, and may leave its owner stranded if he doesnt rush home to recharge. Practicality and price aside, this is no science project. With a single gear and full power the moment you mash the accelerator, the Tesla is a rollercoaster for the road, going from dead silent to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds without a whiff of fumes.
Theres roughly 20 of them in the New England region and more than 700 worldwide but the Roadsters technology is proof that electric cars can be engaging, and not just golf carts for the neighbors.
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