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Technology as advanced as the Tesla's doesn't come cheap. While the company has plans to unveil increasingly less expensive models in the future, the Roadster has to carry the cost of innovation. The 6-figure price tag buys a bleeding-edge lithium ion battery pack, a top speed of 125 mph and a maximum 200 miles per charge.
The first production Tesla Roadster rolled out of the California factory in March 2008 after a long wait and an even longer list of buyers. Tesla has ironed many of the wrinkles out of its production process, and the wait has been reduced to a mere 4-5 months from purchase to delivery. The first modern electric performance car is now available for anyone who can swing the $100,000 price tag.
The Tesla Roadster's drivetrain is different from almost any car that's come before. It consists of only three major parts: a motor, a controller and a battery pack. The base motor makes 185 kW, which is equivalent to 248 hp in a gasoline-powered engine. The Sport model makes 215 kW, or 288 hp.
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