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Tesla UK Showroom Opens


Tesla UK Showroom Opens

With the opening of a UK showroom, the company's first in Europe, Tesla has confirmed its intention to bring a right-handed version of its electric-powered Roadster to the UK. Yours for just shy of £95k.

Tesla is promising that its Roadster should be available to buy in right-handed form from early 2010; coincidentally in line with the (limited) public debut of the Smart ed - although, aside from sharing the same battery tech, the two are hardly comparable. Smart's effort should be notably cheaper, but it's top speed (60mph limited) and range (75 miles) fall short of the 125mph (also limited) and 220 miles the Tesla Roadster offers; not to mention the Roadster's impressive 3.7 second 0-60 time. Oh, and of course the Tesla looks awesome and has a chassis derived from the fantastic Lotus Elise; making it the better handling electric car, by miles. The ed does win on relative efficiency, however, at 300mpg versus 120mpg for the Roadster. Which would you rather have on your driveway, though? Be honest.

Tesla's UK outlet is, eventually, to be joined by three further European showrooms, in Munich, Monaco and Zurich. Tesla apparently has high hopes of Europe, with CEO Elon Musk suggesting it has "the potential to become a huge market for Tesla, even bigger than the US."

Tesla says it already has 1,300 orders for roadster's Europe-wide, and is already taking 'reservations' for its planned Model S electric saloon, which is set to launch in 2011.


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June 30, 2009, 12:01 am

They got the cart before the horse with this whole electric car scenario. Now if only we had a clean energy source and distribution network in order to power these highly inefficient, heavy, environmentally unfriendly & vastly over priced electric wonder cars. Gotta love early adopters for taking the hit!

In the mean time I suppose we'll just keep burning good ol' fossil fuels at a rate of knots and burying nuclear waste to charge these sucker's gazillion Lithium batteries....which will pack up sooner rather than later, then need recycling.

But then again the last thing any government wants is for someone to bring to market any time soon nuclear fusion or superconductivity at room temperature. That would put most the oil companies in a tight spot which, would probably mildly irritate a few rather powerful, rich & influential people.

Just a shame we didn't embrace this technology more over 110 years ago when electric cars outnumbered the Internal Combustion Engine 2:1. Still it's a cracking looking car, that looks like a baby Aston, stick a V8 in it and i'm sold :)



June 30, 2009, 12:51 am

Of course electric cars aren't purely about the environment, they're about where the energy is coming from - and when you think of the countries that are producing the oil we're consuming for our petrol cars an electric alternative becomes very attractive. Yes, the electricity supply network and mix of generation is going to have to change, but in a way the demand does have to come first before such massive investment will be made.

I'm very tempted by the Tesla. Very very :)


June 30, 2009, 1:47 am

Demand is an illusion fed by those with the supply.

Electric cars have nothing to do with the environment. Discovering new renewable, safe and reliable energy sources and ways to transport & store it, is. Weather someone wants to give off the image that they care is another matter...either way, unless you charge your batteries at home with a treadmill - you're still creating a lot of pollution...somewhere.

And it's not just oil & gas producers that we rely on - Uranium, wind, solar, wave & geothermal (and all the rest) are all resources we will fight over more and more in the coming years. It's no good if we just swap oil and gas dependency for Uranium and current renewable sources!


June 30, 2009, 2:35 am

The article talks mostly about the Tesla Roadster yet the picture is of the Tesla Model S? Admittedly the latter is the better looking car.

Technology changes, and so sho

June 30, 2009, 4:21 am

Despite the merits of cost of ownership from reduced outgoings on fuel and whatever else adds up, has anyone considered what insurers are going to charge for these vehicles?

I bet (being the money grabbing bar stewards that they are) that they'll set the price astronomically high and anyone interested in such cars will be put off by the premiums.


June 30, 2009, 4:31 am

95K? Climate change is not on my list of priorities at the moment.


June 30, 2009, 12:04 pm

Reading the blinkered comments from the above two it seems we have to be free from those dastardly arabs. Although given the wests stranglehold over that region over the past century i thinks its they the arabs who would be glad to be free from us.

The development of this car and the technology underlining it is welcome news for the post fossil fuel age we may very well encounter in our own lifetimes.

Jon Williamson

June 30, 2009, 1:04 pm

@lifethroughalens - obviously energy is required to generate the electricity to charge these cars, but as both this article and the Smart article pointed out the effective fuel consumption is an order of magnitited better than fossil fuel powered equivalents, so fuel emissions are lower.


June 30, 2009, 1:45 pm

I'd buy one like a shot if it wasn't for the £95k price tag.


June 30, 2009, 3:33 pm

not fr off the price of a brand new aston martin.

i mean, it's not like a polar bear would be grateful by not eating me if i owned a tesla...


June 30, 2009, 3:49 pm

@JonWill: I'd suggest doing some wider background reading on the topic - not just one source - it's nowhere near as cut and dry as you seem to think it is.

Without having to post my links to sites that IMO give a more balanced & real world opinion on the question of electric cars, it's suffice to say that their 'effective fuel consumption' and environmental impact figures are, at present much worse that a small HDi diesel engine. If you want to be as green as possible at the moment, then go for the black stuff!

Having said that, EV's are undoubtedly the future and i'm glad to see they're finally looking good and getting some usable ranges from the thousands of laptop batteries your be sitting on. It may take another 50 years to become mainstream, but the days of hearing the fabulous burble of a V8 are definitely numbered :)


June 30, 2009, 7:46 pm

I think using recycled chip-fat is the way forward...not only carbon-neutral, but you get that lovely 'cornershop chippie' fraigrance wherever you go :o)

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