Sister site AllCarsElectric.com spent a day quietly blasting around New York City in a Tesla Roadster, the all-electric icon for the petroleum-free automotive movement. Site creator and New York neurologist Lyle Dennis found the Lotus Elise-based, carbon fiber-bodied roadster to be swift, tidy, easy to charge, and to offer much the same thrills provided by a petroleum-powered equivalent.
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Dennis marveled at acceleration "so strong it pinned you to your seat" as well as excellent passing power at speed. He reports the 0-60 mph sprint occurs in 3.9 seconds. A single gear for the transmission and the pushback of regenerative coasting and braking are the biggest departures from a gasoline powertrain; Dennis found both more interesting than he did disconcerting.
In summary, Dennis concluded that the $109,000 "Tesla Roadster is more about what it is than what it does." Much greater than simply a stylish, swift machine, he feels it's "the first step to a world without oil."
Fingers crossed that despite financial troubles and investors who now have less money to lend, Tesla will soon achieve mass production of its Roadster and recently teased S sedan.