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An electric sports car produced by Tesla. The original was produced from 2008-2012 and was based on the Lotus Elise. The second generation is scheduled to begin production for the 2020 model year.

In 2018 Elon Musk's personal dark red 2008 Roadster was launched into space as the test payload for his Falcon Heavy rocket built by SpaceX, another one of Musk's companies.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Tesla Roadster (2008) page on 4 March 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Tesla Roadster is a battery electric vehicle (BEV) sports car that was produced by the electric car firm Tesla Motors (now Tesla, Inc.) in California from 2008 to 2012. The Roadster was the first highway legal serial production all-electric car to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first production all-electric car to travel more than 320 kilometres (200 mi) per charge. It is also the first production car to be launched into space, carried by a Falcon Heavy rocket in a test flight on February 6, 2018.

Tesla sold about 2,450 Roadsters in over 30 countries, and most of the last Roadsters were sold in Europe and Asia during the fourth quarter of 2012. Tesla produced right-hand-drive Roadsters from early 2010. The Roadster qualified for government incentives in several nations.

The world distance record of 501 km (311 mi) for a production electric car on a single charge was set by a Roadster on October 27, 2009, during the Global Green Challenge in outback Australia, in which it averaged a speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). In March 2010, a Tesla Roadster became the first electric vehicle to win the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally and the first to win any Federation Internationale de l'Automobile-sanctioned championship when a Roadster driven by former Formula One driver Érik Comas beat 96 competitors for range, efficiency and performance in the three-day, nearly 1,000-kilometer (620 mi) challenge.

According to the U.S. EPA, the Roadster can travel 393 kilometres (244 mi) on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack, and can accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 3.7 or 3.9 seconds depending on the model. It has a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph). The Roadster's efficiency, as of September 2008, was reported as 120 MPGe (2.0 L/100 km). It uses 135 Wh/km (21.7 kW·h/100 mi, 13.5 kW·h/100 km or 490 kJ/km) battery-to-wheel, and has an efficiency of 88% on average.


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11 February 2018 (1:16AM)
Tesla's Roadster Takes Flight, Enters Orbit
Arash Arabasadi, VOA News

Billionaire CEO Elon Musk is off to a big 2018. He's chief executive of both SpaceX and Tesla. His space-travel company launched off the planet and into orbit a roadster from his electric car company. It was the latest milestone for an executive who looks to revolutionize space travel and technology. Arash Arabasadi reports.

Download Tesla's Roadster Takes Flight, Enters Orbit - 28.9MB - 1:42


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
1 October 2010Tesla Recall Bulletin: 12v Auxiliary Cable Containment
Tesla Motors, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V458000

PDF
- 752KB - 10 pages
1 October 2010NHTSA Recall 10V458000
2010 Tesla Roadster

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
1 October 2010Part 573 Defect Information Report
To: Daniel C. Smith, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
From: James C. Chen, Tesla Motors, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V458000

PDF
- 492KB - 3 pages
7 October 201012V Auxiliary Cable Containment
To: James C. Chen, Tesla Motors, Inc.
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationNHTSA Recall 10V458000

PDF
- 28KB - 3 pages
7 October 2010NHTSA Recall Code: 10V‐458
Tesla Motors, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V458000

PDF
- 62KB - 2 pages
5 January 2011Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Tesla Motors, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V458000

PDF
- 62KB - 1 page
7 April 2011Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Tesla Motors, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V458000

PDF
- 55KB - 1 page
5 July 2011Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Tesla Motors, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V458000

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- 12KB - 1 page
12 October 2011Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Tesla Motors, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V458000

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- 12KB - 1 page
5 January 2012Equipment Safety Recall Quarterly Report Information
Tesla Motors, Inc.
NHTSA Recall 10V458000

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- 12KB - 1 page


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
20 March 2008Elektro-Flitzer Tesla Roadster 2008 geht in die Serienproduktion Wikinews
17 July 2008Erste Elektroautos vom Typ Tesla Roadster ausgeliefert Wikinews
5 August 2008Energy Costs of Driving Electric CarsKlaus H. Hemsath
15 August 2008Tesla Motors liefert Roadster ab Mai 2009 nach Europa Wikinews
23 March 2010Not Your Father's Electric CarRebecca Ward, VOA News
8 June 2011Tesla Motors, Inc.; Receipt of Petition for Renewal of Temporary Exemption from the Advanced Air Bag Requirements of FMVSS No. 208Federal Register: NHTSA (Christopher J. Bonanti)
5 August 2011Tesla Motors, Inc.; Receipt of Petition for Temporary Exemption From the Electronic Stability Control Requirements of FMVSS No. 126Federal Register: NHTSA (Christopher J. Bonanti)
24 June 2015Tesla Motors, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey Giuseppe)
11 February 2016Tesla Motors, Inc. (Tesla), Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels L9941-05182008 Tesla Roadster2008 First Editions, small scale, dark red
Die Cast - Hot Wheels L9941-B919D2008 Tesla Roadster2008 First Editions, small scale, metallic silver


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