Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5
Manufacturer Tesla Motors
Also called Code name: DarkStar
Assembly Hethel, Norfolk, England
Menlo Park, California, USA
Body style 2-door Roadster
Layout Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Electric motor 1.5, 2.0 : 248 hp (185 kW), 200·lb·ft/s (270 N·m), 3-phase 4-pole; 2.5
Non-Sport : 288 hp (215 kW), 273·lb·ft (370 N·m), 3-phase 4-pole; 2.5
Sport : 288 hp (215 kW), 295·lb·ft (400 N·m), 3-phase 4-pole
AC induction motor
Transmission Single speed BorgWarner fixed gear (8.27:1 ratio)
Battery 53 kWh (Lithium-ion battery)
Electric range 244 mi (393 km) using EPA combined cycle
Wheelbase 2,352 mm (92.6 in)
Length 3,946 mm (155.4 in)
Width 1,873 mm (73.7 in)
Height 1,127 mm (44.4 in)
Curb weight 2,723 lb (1,235 kg)
Related Lotus Elise
Designer Tesla Motors
The reason they are “quick swap” is just in case the battery is on fire when you are taking it out of your car.
I have a diesel that I love.I’ll never again drive anything else,even if it’s given to me.That most assuredly includes electrics.
Will this be like the copiers where the ink cartridges are the biggest expense??
Can "old" batteries be re-celled?
It had seemed to me that if they could come up with a slide in battery back that was interchangeable, you wouldn’t own your own pack. You would merely rent a pack until you get to the next station.
That would eliminate the range problem. Of course that’s if you coild go at least 250 miles on a pack.
Nice car. Should be able to power it with those white tripod things in the background. Look forward to the model with one mounted on the hood. Should REALLY get great mileage once the speed is up on the highway!
They haven't really even given them a chance - why destroy them?
Given that some of the Tesla batteries weight 800 pounds, I suppose the meaning of “quick swap” would depend upon the definition of “quick”, as Willy Clinton might say. Not to mention you’d need a “spare” 800 pound battery laying around to swap, plus the chain hoist to do the swap with. Wonder if your average soccer mom can operate a chain hoist good enough to move around a pair of 800 pound batteries without dropping or bumping anything important and without a lot of unnecessary high amperage arcing.
It would over 5 hours to charge the battery with one of the windmills in the background assuming 2MW, 25% capacity factor and no losses. Losses turn it into an all day affair (or more windmills per car). Is that an efficient use of the birdchopper and land area.
are the quick swap batteries carried with you are do they just show up at your destination charged and waiting for you?
Just a reminder of how many endangered California Condors, young Golden Eagles, sparrows, starlings, canaries and finches go into making a little red sports car these days.
I’d love to be in rush hour traffic on I95 when I have to “swap” a battery.
(Aren’t wind farms pretty much a proven failure?? )