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PRICE About $200,000 EN­GINE Three-phase elec­tric POWER 185kW and 14,000-rev limit TORQUE 380Nm from 0-5500 revs TRANS­MIS­SION Sin­gle speed, rear­wheel drive PER­FOR­MANCE 0-100km/h in 3.9 sec­onds (claimed) TOP SPEED 200km/h (lim­ited) RECHARGE TIME 3.5 hours BAT­TERY RE­PLACE­MENT About $16,000 (not yet on sale in Aus­tralia) FUEL ECON­OMY 0 litres/100km EMIS­SIONS 0 grams co2/km is tricky — much like that of a reg­u­lar Lo­tus Elise, re­ally.

How­ever, the steer­ing feels pre­cise at high speeds around Queens­land Race­way, though there is a fair bit of kick­back over the bumps.

Though the out­side is well made and the sports seats are leather, the spar­tan in­te­rior trim is dom­i­nated by hard plas­tic and cheap­look­ing in­stru­ments. Again, like a Lo­tus Elise.

Get­ting in and out is as dif­fi­cult as it is in an Elise too, but in the cock­pit it feels comfortable with gen­er­ous leg and head room.

The rag top has to be re­moved by hand and stored in the sur­pris­ingly big boot.

Even with the top re­moved, there is lit­tle wind noise, so the lack of au­ral feed­back is quite a sur­prise at high speed.

An in­ter­est­ing fea­ture is a valet mode that re­stricts speed, ac­cel­er­a­tion and range while a valet is park­ing your car.

The Tesla Road­ster may be a pin-up car, but is it also the green fu­ture of motoring?

There is no chance of that un­til the mains elec­tric­ity used to charge its bat­tery pack is also green, but it is a start and shows elec­tric cars are more than just bor­ing lit­tle boxes.

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