2010 Tesla Roadster right-hand-drive

The all electric American automaker Tesla has just unveiled a right-hand-drive version of its successful open air zero emissions EV Roadster in London and is priced at £86,950. "The right-hand-drive model is our response to growing demand from high-performance car buyers in the UK who are also interested in their impact on the environment," said Cristiano Carlutti, Tesla’s Vice President for European Sales and Operations. "Tesla is dramatically expanding its retail footprint in Europe, we look forward to building our community of owners and fans throughout the continent."

The 2010 Roadster for those who drive on the opposite side of the road includes a host of unique noise reduction materials, an upgraded sound system as well as a few other enhancements that make it ideal for daily commuting or weekend drives. After all, who wouldn’t want to own a vehicle that is as powerful as a Porsche and twice as efficient as a Prius , especially with one particular owner setting a 313 mile distance record from only a single charge with his own personal Roadster, offering up the best of both worlds for Tesla owners.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Tesla Motors has announced production of the right-hand-drive version of its iconic Roadster sports car, the only highway-capable electric vehicle for sale worldwide.

Prospective customers and media may test-drive right-hand-drive cars available at Tesla’s showroom, 49-51 Cheval Place in London’s Knightsbridge district (SW7 1EW). The 2010 right-hand-drive Roadster includes a suite of unique noise-reduction materials, an upgraded sound system and other enhancements that make it ideal for daily commuting or weekend drives.

Tesla Roadster right-hand-drive

The Roadster accelerates faster than virtually any other car on the road, making it the only production car faster than a Porsche and twice as energy efficient as a Prius. It is quickly becoming the choice amongst discerning drivers who demand performance with a clean conscience.

The Roadster easily travels more than 200 miles per charge in mixed driving conditions, consumes no petroleum and plugs into conventional 220-volt sockets throughout Europe. It can be fully or partially recharged by solar or wind power. A customer’s Roadster recently set a world distance record for EVs with 313 miles on a single charge.

"The right-hand-drive model is our response to growing demand from high-performance car buyers in the UK who are also interested in their impact on the environment," said Cristiano Carlutti, Tesla’s Vice President for European Sales and Operations. "Tesla Tesla is dramatically expanding its retail footprint in Europe, we look forward to building our community of owners and fans throughout the continent."

Tesla Roadster right-hand-drive

UK companies that purchase a Roadster benefit from a 100 percent Writing Down Allowance, meaning they can deduct the price of the car from their taxable profits. The Roadster is the only sports car that has ever qualified for a such a tax incentive in the UK.

The Roadster starts at £86,950 and costs about 1.5p per mile, compared to as much as 32p per mile for petro-powered sports cars. Roadster drivers are do not have to pay the London congestion charge, saving up to nearly £1,700 annually. They can park for free and without time limits in various London boroughs, they get four hours of free charging at certain parking sites, and they are exempt from the forthcoming Showroom Tax of £950.

Tesla Roadster right-hand-drive

2 comments:

well that’s good news. a car that is faster than the porsche and 2 times fuel efficient than the toyota prius isn’t that amazing to own this car?

Well, if electric cars would find a way to charge the batteries in other ways aside from plugin it in a socket like I don’t know maybe solar panels on the roof, then I might actually consider buying one. As a traveler, there are places that I visit that doesn’t have electricity available. It’s going to be difficult to be stuck in those places when I ran out of battery.

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