Tesla for 2010
Tesla employees which are trying to combat the “range anxiety”. It’s the fear that once you’ve reached the roadster’s maximum range of about 240 miles on one charge, you have to sit through several hours of recharging before you can begin again.
Last week the Tesla employees begin a cross country trip (see the photos on Flickr) in one of their all-electric Roadsters. The trip will be about 2,700 miles from Los Angeles to Detroit, and to be able to arive just in time for North American International Auto Show.
For 2010 Tesla Roadster gets a major upgrade with a better interior. Prices start at $101,500 after the $7,500 tax credit. The Sport model with it’s price about $121,000. There is a different motor, performance wheels and tires and an adjustable suspension. There are some add on options too:
- Full leather interior
- and exposed carbon fiber trim treatment inside and out.
The sports car has carbon fiber and premium leather. Also there is centrally mounted video screen which provides real time information to the drivers about the car’s current eco-driving conditions. Tesla Electric Car can hit 0 to 60 mph in about 3.7 seconds and can be charged through either a “high-output outlet” or a standard wall one.
The motor in the Sport model is essentially the same as that in the base model, only that the stator coils that interact with the 14,000-rpm rotor are hand-wound more tightly, thereby resulting in greater torque produced through less resistance, plus greater kilowatt hours per amp, while using just a smidge more energy from the battery for the quicker go-pedal reactions. All of this in addition to the necessary reprogrammed “firmware” of the now smaller Power Electronics Module, or PEM, the brains of the operation. The total distance promised from a complete charge in the efficient Range mode drops from 244 miles in the 2010 base Tesla to 235 miles in the Sport model.