News flash — The 2007 Teslas are sold out, so if you want to get your hands on one of these 100-percent electric roadsters, it’s time to put your order in now for a 2008 model. Of course, it will set you back about $92,000 (not including extras like custom floor mats at $125, XM satellite radio for $400, and a touchscreen navigation system for $1,200), but you’ll get quite a lot of car for your money.
For starters, you’ll get a sports car that produces one-tenth the pollution and is six times more efficient than the best sports car available today, according to the automaker. In fact, the Tesla has no tailpipe, because it produces no emissions. The car is powered by a 70-pound, single-rotor electric motor, which is connected to an Energy Storage System (ESS) that consists of thousands of lithium-ion cells. The result is a car that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in about 4 seconds, delivers plenty of torque throughout the range, and can travel about 250 miles on a single charge
Okay, that’s all well and good, but the real fun starts when you jump online to Tesla’s site at www.tesla.com to build your own vehicle. You can choose from a range of metallic and non-metallic colors, including Racing Green, Brilliant Yellow, and Obsidian Black, and customize it to your heart’s content. A reservation payment starts at $30,000 ($50,000 if you want to jump to the front of the line), so be sure to check your bank account — and do it before the 2008 models are sold out.