An all-electric sports car produced by Menlo Park, California based from Tesla Motors, the Tesla Roadsters are innovative, efficient, and seductively beautiful- and not a lot of things you can buy boast all three of these! Perhaps more importantly, the winner of Time Magazine's 2008 Best Transportation Invention, Popular Mechanics 2006 Breakthrough Award, du Pont Registry's 2009 Best Green Exotic, and Forbes Magazine's “Best new car that lived up to the hype”, the Tesla Roadster the car that paved the way to environmentally friendly performance in modern motor cars. This example is car number 191 and is featured in A special "Very Orange" Finish.
Exterior. This particular car is in shows very well, having logged just 18,600 miles from its delivery date in December of 2008. The carbon fiber body panels are covered in Very Orange Metallic and has a beautiful luster under the sun. The aging and peeling clear bra was removed and the car was buffed and polished afterwards. The only flaw in in the paint is a small scratch under the passenger side skirt, that can barely be seen in the photos.
Interior. The rare black and Orange interior is also very clean, with only markings being on the door sills from entry and exit. Impressive carbon fiber trim covers the center console, which combined with the various information touch screens, gives the passengers a truly space age experience.
Performance. Driving the 2008 Roadster is truly different. At a stand still, the exhaust drone we have grown to expect is absent. Acceleration is impressive from walking speeds, while the brakes are more than adequate. As one would expect of an automobile designed by Lotus, steering is tight and responsive and the driver feels at one with both the car and the road. The roadster has been maintained by Tesla Motors certified service stations with the last annual service being performed, in February of 2017,where the car was inspected, firmware was updated, Brake fluid, and coolant flush was performed. Full charge shows 178 Mile range.
Tesla Motors' first production vehicle, the Tesla Roadster, was the first highway-capable all-electric vehicle in serial production for sale in the United States in the modern era. The Roadster was also the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells and first mass production BEV to travel more than 200 miles (320 km) per charge. Owning this beautiful roadster is not just owning a emission free, battery powered car, but a large piece of automotive history that will be enriched as time goes on.