All-Electric Tesla Is Already in Production - Take That, GM
Hype, heck that's the American way. But the real news in electric cars continues to be the all-electric, 200+ mile range Tesla from Tesla Motors excrutiating details available at http://www.teslamotors.com . The Tesla Roadster's battery pack represents the biggest innovation in the Tesla Roadster and is one of the largest and most advanced battery packs in the world. Tesla (of California) combined basic proven lithium ion battery technology with its own unique battery pack design to provide multiple layers of safety. It's light, durable, recyclable, and it is capable of delivering enough power to accelerate the Tesla Roadster from zero to 60 mph in approximately four seconds. Meanwhile, the battery stores enough energy for the vehicle to travel more than 200 miles without recharging, something no other production electric vehicle in history can claim. A full charge takes 4 hours; a half charge 2 hours.
So while it's great that GM is seeking to produce an all-electric car and Toyota a plug-in hybrid, it's a shame nobody's paying attention to the Tesla. At its $98,000 price it's obviously too expensive for the average household. But new technology always comes with a huge initial price tag (how many readers can remember that the first handheld calculators cost $1,000+ -- now you can get then for $3). Meanwhile, those among us who insist on purchasing and driving gas guzzlers are simply unpatriotic. It really doesn't matter which car company manufacturers the car you buy -- they're all composed of parts from throughout the world. We've been thrilled with our 2001 Honda Insight Hybrid (30 to 50 mpg city, 60 to 70+ highway; 45.3 mpg for the life of the car) and our 2007 Honda Fit Sport (30.1 mpg for the life of the var, 39 mpg highway). If you think about it, there are very few people who need a gas guzzler except for selfish, self-centered reasons. And it's this selfishness that continues to undermine this great nation.
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