Tesla UK Showroom Opens

Right hand drive Roadster to launch next year.

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.


Via auto Car.

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