November 24, 2008
Fast. Sexy. Green.
The Future of SuperCars has come in the Tesla Roadster.
For several years we have been bombarded with the idea that global warming is caused (in large part) by human activity. One of the major components of this human activity is transportation. Yet since the late 19th century we have had only two viable choices: Gasoline or Diesel. Yet as of recently, a third, more efficient and clean way has come to the limelight: electricity.
The use of electricity has been used sporadically in the early 1900s, but was not seen as a potential competitor to cheap and powerful gasoline-powered combustion engines. Yet now that gas has hit $4.00 (although it has come down a litte these days), we have come back to a cheaper alternative. Electricity gives us the ability to choose how we are going to power our vehicle. Will the electricity in our car be generated by solar panels, wind turbines, nuclear reactors, clean coal, or any other viable option. The point is, we are not dependent on crude that comes from war-torn areas, which supports sometimes dubious backers. We finally have the ability to truly develop domestically-powered cars.
Although this is all great, it does come at a steep price. One of the most talked about electric cars is the Tesla Roadster, which comes in at $109,000 (Build Your Tesla). Yet $109,000 is peanuts compared to the the $130,000 Porsche, $180,000 Lamborghini or $270,000 Ferrari, which the Tesla competes with. The Tesla is a supercar, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. A mighty feat for the first economically viable fully electric car.
All I can say is, I can't wait until these types of car hits the general consumer market.
Posted by curag at November 24, 2008 02:06 PM