Electric ‘supercar’ whispers into Port
ELECTRIC cars are normally about as sexy as listening to a live Richie Benaud broadcast of the third day of a cricket test in Adelaide.
But the Tesla Roadster, making its way to Port Douglas next week, is more like a game of Twenty20 - quick and explosive.
The Tesla Roadster is not just the world’s fastest electric car, it’s one of the zippiest cars on the planet, accelerating to 100km/h in under four seconds.That’s about the same kick as a Ferrari F430.
Even more remarkable, the Tesla will actually go further on full batteries - up to 500km - than the Ferrari will on a full tank of juice. Mind you, flashing through a speed trap at top speed will get your licence rubbed out for longer if you happen to be in a Ferrari - it goes quicker - but surely the Roadster’s top speed of 212km/h is fast enough for all but the most artery-hardened speed freaks.
Not only is the Roadster half the price of a Ferrari, at $206,188 for the base model, but it should also be a lot cheaper to run, with lower maintenance costs and almost zero running costs.
Plugging in the car will charge the 6,831 lithium ion batteries in about four hours, and should cost less than a packet of peanuts. In fact, Tesla claims the “fuel” cost of a Roadster is about 1c per kilometre.
At that rate, you would have to drive a few million kilometres before it works out cheaper than a Holden Astra, but you would have a lot of fun getting there. The Roadster will be available in Port Douglas for test drives next week.
Visit www.teslamotors.com/australia to register your interest, or come down to Anzac Park to see it from May 2-6.
Full speed ahead: the Tesla is coming to Port Douglas