An Electric Car I Would Not Mind Owning

Normally I don’t like electric cars or hybrids. It’s not that I am environmentally unfriendly, it’s just I find electric cars to be not sporty enough for my taste. Well, it seems that Tesla Motors has the answer to helping the environment and driving around in a cool car.

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I first read about the Tesla Roadster in Car & Driver and at the.[ED]ition, who call it The World’s Only Cool Electric Car. I’m not sure I would agree with that statement – I actually think the Toyota Prius Hybrid is pretty cool. I just wouldn’t buy one. However, I would put an offer down on a Tesla Roadster. There’s just something evil about an electric car that can do zero to 60 in 4 seconds.

The Tesla Roadster is based on a Lotus Elise and starts at $92,000 – a hefty price to pay for something that is battery powered. The batteries are good for 250 miles per charge – it takes 3.5 hours to recharge. The first batch of a hundred Roadsters are sold out but you can order yours for a $30k to $50k deposit today and you should get it sometime in 2008.

Not only can the Tesla save you money at the gas pump but Vancouver is considering passing a bylaw which will allow electric and hybrid cars to park on downtown streets without paying the parking meter. A few cities in the California have already passed such a bylaw.


14 thoughts on “An Electric Car I Would Not Mind Owning”

  1. Gary says:

    I would agree that most of the electric cars are pretty plain. This one is certainly sexy but I am still not sure if it is worth the sticker price.

  2. Brad says:

    Minding, John?

  3. Matt $ says:

    i wonder if it uses just a standard plug to charge.

  4. John Chow says:

    Matt $ – the plug to the car’s “Gas” cap is not standard, but I think the other end is.

    Brad – Good eye! Thanks! I corrected it.

    Gary – It is pretty expensive.

  5. Nikolai says:

    Folks, do not assume that owning an electric car will save loads of dollars for you 🙂 this car IS sexy, but there are lots of sexy gas cars that are more reliable with way more features and power under the hood.

    Good read John.

    thanks,

    Nikolai

  6. Ryan says:

    So what you’re saying is that as long as it has enough HP, you’re fine with anything?

  7. John Chow says:

    Ryan – No, it has too look and drive good too.

    Nikolai – Very true. I just like the idea of never having to go to the gas station. Except maybe to get them to wash the windshield. 🙂

  8. siong1987 says:

    If I am not wrong, this car is one of the Time year invention.

  9. John Chow says:

    siong1987 – You telling me that car couldn’t be beat YouTube? Then again, neither can a drug to prevent cancer.

    David – But you can park for free downtown!

  10. Eliza says:

    Way out of my price range but she sure is a beauty.

  11. Ian says:

    Ha, for 100 grand I could get one of these battery-powered babies.

    0-60 in 4 seconds, but it looks like a brick and only goes 80 miles.

    On second thought, maybe I’ll go for the Tesla…

  12. Andy says:

    The Tesla is sweet – better than the Tango and all that junk – its coming out in March-May I hear

  13. Marc says:

    Mmmmm… Can’t wait to make enough to pick up something like this. Though expensive, it’s not a whole lot more than a Z06 Corvette. This’ll really stand out in a crowd too.

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