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2011 Tesla Roadster Sport
Tesla builds its 1,000th Roadster
Tesla Motors has built its 1,000th production vehicle -- a significant milestone for the only automaker worldwide producing and selling highway-capable electric cars.
The car, which bears the unique Vehicle Identification No. 1,000, is a special-edition Roadster Sport in Millennial White, with a unique interior and carbon fibre accents. VIN 1,000 was on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, Jan. 11-24, 2010.
The manufacturer will donate the US$175,000 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of this collector's car to several charities in metro Detroit.
"A year ago right here in Detroit we had delivered about 150 Roadsters, so VIN 1,000 is a humble but important milestone for us," said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. "It's fitting to do something special with this unique car."
Tesla, a Silicon Valley-based automaker that began vehicle development in 2004, has delivered Roadsters to customers in 43 states and 19 countries. The company operates 10 retail outlets in the United States and Europe.
The Tesla booth at the Detroit auto show also featured VIN 750, an Arctic White Roadster Sport that recently completed a 2,700-mile cross-country road trip to Detroit from Los Angeles. Tesla employees drove VIN 750 through nine states, three time zones, and two snowstorms - without a drop of gasoline.
The Roadster accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and is twice as energy efficient as leading hybrids. It is the only highway-capable electric vehicle for sale in North America or Europe.
The 2010 North American International Auto Show also marks the Detroit debut of the Model S. The Model S is an electric, seven-passenger sedan that Tesla plans to begin producing in early 2012 with an anticipated base price of US$49,900 after a US federal tax credit. It is expected to go on sale in late 2011.
The electric Tesla Roadster produces zero tailpipe emissions, qualifying it for tax credits and fee waivers throughout Europe and North America. The Roadster does not need regular oil changes or exhaust system work. Roadsters have no spark plugs, pistons, hoses, belts or clutches to replace. Tesla recommends a standard service and diagnostic inspection once a year - and Tesla can perform service with convenient house calls at customers' homes or offices.
In Canada, Telsa will initially deliver Roadsters to customers through regional centres in Seattle and New York. These retail and service facilities will open in the first half 2010. Eventually, Tesla hopes to open facilities in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.
Canadian Roadsters will comply with all national and provincial safety regulations for mass-produced, highway-capable vehicles. The base price for Roadsters in Canada will be set closer to the start of deliveries, and pricing will reflect exchange rates at that time. In the United States, the base price is $109,000.
For more information, visit www.telsamotors.com.
Posted January 25, 2010. © CarTest.ca TM