Elec­tric ‘su­per­car’ whispers into Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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