Tesla Roadster (2008-2012)
Today, we’re going to take a look at Tesla’s very first production car, the Tesla Roadster. Since it’s Thursday, we’ve decided to embrace the social media trend that is Throwback Thursday.
Although Tesla was only founded 13 years ago, the brand has quickly managed to build a reputation for itself. Its sales are improving year-on-year and its vehicles have received critical acclaim. The brand has launched numerous models in the short time it’s been around, and is currently developing additional models to join its line up in the near future.
The Roadster was launched in 2008. It was the first vehicle ever to include an lithium-ion battery and the first ever all-electric car capable of travelling more than 200 miles (320 km) per charge. The Roadster actually broke the world distance record by travelling 311 miles (501 km) on a single charge.
Although the Tesla Roadster made its official debut in 2006, at an invitation-only event in Barker Hagar at Santa Monica Airport, the vehicle didn’t become available until 2008.
The development of the Roadster began in the early 2000’s and eventually led to the creation of Tesla.
Years of research and work went into the vehicle and a collaboration between Tesla and British manufacturer, Lotus, helped make the Roadster a reality.
Although the Tesla Roadster was discontinued in 2012, earlier this year the brand has announced that its replacement will debut at some point in 2019. Apart from the year however, no other details have been released so far.
Around 2,450 Roadsters were built between 2008 and 2012, most of which were delivered in the US. Although the model was available on other continents, less than 50 right-hand drive Roadsters are believed to have been produced for the UK market.
Styling-wise, the vehicle looked rather impressive. It was quite sporty, which was unusual for an all-electric vehicle at the time.
A special edition of the Roadster went on sale before the vehicle was discontinued. The Final Edition Roadster featured atomic red paint with silver stripes on its hood. Only 15 were ever made.
The Roadster marked the beginning of Tesla, which is now one of the most popular brands on the planet.
We’re very much looking forward to seeing what Tesla has in store for us in the future and we can’t wait until more details about the Roadster’s successor are released.
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- Published On : 2 years ago on February 26, 2016
- Author By : James
- Last Updated : February 26, 2016 @ 10:36 am
- In The Categories Of : Sport
- Tagged With : Tesla Roadster