When they first announced the Roadster sports-car, Tesla said production will start in the autumn of 2007. But problems with the transmission made them to delay it. But the problems have been solved and the first production version will be delivered next week. First customer: Elon Musk, Chairman of Tesla Motors. Series production of the Tesla Roadster is scheduled to begin March 17th, 2008.
According to Tesla CEO, Ze’ev Drori, the main reason for the Roadster’s delay is the transmission. But don’t worry, you will see it on the roads as soon as possible (production will start by summer of 2008 and first cars will be delivered at the beginning of 2009). It’s true it will come with a temporary transmission that falls short of its originally promised performance.
About Tesla Roadster you already know is the hottest electric car out there. But will the Tesla pass the crash test? According to the latest tests it seems that yes.
In the 30 mph head on collision crash test the Tesla Roadster behaved as expected (as the computer model predicted) and the G forces were as expected. After the crash the doors could still be opened. In the 30 mph off set crash they used a 30 degree off set and the test was successful test, meaning that the passengers survived. Also successful was the 30 mph side impact.
The first performance electric car manufactured by Tesla Motors, the high-performance, zero-emissions Tesla Roadster, was unveiled before a throng of well-wishers, car buffs, and potential customers Wednesday evening during Tesla’s "Signature One Hundred" event at Barker Hangar.