Elec­tric dream

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THE Crowne Plaza in Can­berra is cel­e­brat­ing the ar­rival of its first guest with an elec­tric car.

It was a chance to fire up the ho­tel’s new elec­tric car recharge sta­tion this week. The Crowne is among the first ho­tels in the world to of­fer an elec­tric car charg­ing fa­cil­ity.

The Tesla elec­tric sports car was driven by Tesla Mo­tors gen­eral man­ager Rudi Tuisk, who drove the car the 290km be­tween Syd­ney and Can­berra.

It marked the first time an elec­tric car had been driven be­tween two Aus­tralian cap­i­tal cities with­out recharg­ing en­route.

Both Rudi and the Road­ster were in Can­berra for the 2010 Can­berra Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Fes­ti­val.

The elec­tric sports car ac­cel­er­ates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 sec­onds and re­tails for about $225,000. Pic­tured above: Crowne Plaza Can­berra gen­eral man­ager Matt Young (left) and fi­nance di­rec­tor Se­bas­tian Wil­son with the Tesla Road­ster.

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