The Tesla roadster… Wow!

Chris in Tesla
Ernest Villaneuva at the wheelHere’s the red Tesla Roadster prototype that I rode in this afternoon thanks to Rob Coish and the crew at Tesla Motors with pilot Ernest Villanueva at the wheel. The car’s Ferrari-beating 0-to-60 in 4 seconds acceleration is not only real, but you can punch it at any speed and get the same boost. Amazing car, especially considering the rotor – the engine’s only moving part – weighs all of 70 pounds.

There was lots of stuff we were asked not to photograph – including the motor and transmission assemblies – but those parts are well-described on the Tesla web site.

Tesla’s ESS – Energy Storage System – manages several thousand Li-Ion batteries that give the car its 200(+) mile-range and equivalent of 135 MPG as well as the amazing torque. The ESS integrates with the VMS – Vehicle Management System – to produce the driving experience. The car’s PEM – Power Electronics Module – is tightly integrated with the motor, producing up to 185 kW of motor output. We had a lot of fun… stay tuned for podcast… top photo by George Dalke…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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3 Responses to The Tesla roadster… Wow!

  1. Anonymous says:

    If they weren’t made in England they’d be only $20,000.

  2. pauldwaite says:

    And that’s just the prototype. Imagine what it’ll be like 10 years down the road after the early adopters have bought a few and helped work out the kinks.

    Good to know I’ll have a green way to cope with my mid-life crisis, even if I have to move to America to drive it 🙂

  3. cg says:

    I’m hoping the Tesla will lead some big-scale enterprise to see the wisdom in Li-Ion (or newer, better batteries) coupled to a high-performance, 70-lb. motor… if every car used Tesla technology (and we solved Solar or other altrnate energy source) a second Industrial Revolution could well be under way… and this a green revolution…

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