The 2010 Tesla Roadster is a compact convertible sports car that seats two passengers and runs entirely on electricity. The base model produces 248 hp, while the new Sport version ups output to 288 hp. Both versions utilize a one-speed automatic transmission which is strong enough to handle the instantaneous torque created by the electric motor.Read more Read less
The first production Tesla Roadster rolled out of the California factory in March 2008 after a long wait and an even longer list of buyers. Tesla has ironed many of the wrinkles out of its production process, and the wait has been reduced to a mere 4-5 months from purchase to delivery. The first modern electric performance car is now available for anyone who can swing the $100,000 price tag.
Zero emissions; carbon-free driving; sporty styling and handling; cutting-edge technology
Technology as advanced as the Tesla's doesn't come cheap. While the company has plans to unveil increasingly less expensive models in the future, the Roadster has to carry the cost of innovation. The 6-figure price tag buys a bleeding-edge lithium ion battery pack, a top speed of 125 mph and a maximum 200 miles per charge.