Tesla Roadster runs for 241 miles in Monte Carlo e-rally
Posted by keelynet on April 15, 2009
I have to admit, I was biased in the negative towards this company from the git-go…why? Because I viewed them as opportunistic pouncing on the buzzword Tesla for their company…so I tend to give little credence to their marketing claims and such…just one of my quirks…I don’t like people who clearly don’t have a clue what they are talking about, yet drop buzzwords whose meaning they barely, IF EVEN, understand in the least.
And yet, this is good news if they can get the price down…looking in my magic future mirror, I don’t see Tesla being a player because they are too high dollar…and because there are so many competitors who are much more efficient and have better ideas and technology without using the Tesla name as their crutch.
The future will prove me wrong I hope but at this point, even with the good news in the quoted article, I don’t see Tesla being a player in the market…pero, los cosas cambien (but, things change)…
“As an answer to those who say e-cars will never take off because their range is limited, this isn’t at all bad. A Tesla Roadster managed to cover 241 miles on a single charge while taking part in the Rallye Monte Carlo d’Energies Alternatives. Organised by the Automobile Club of Monaco, the annual rally is open to cars powered by just about any ‘alternative’ fuel source, such as LPG, ethanol or even petrol-powered hybrid drives. The rally course runs 390km (241 miles) from the town of Valance in France to the Principality of Monaco and covers a mixture of trunk roads, motorways and single-carriageway roads that wind through the mountains. it was the Tesla that stole the e-car laurels by managing to get cross the finishing line with an indicated 61km (38 miles) of juice left in the battery pack. That would give the Roadster a theoretical maximum touring range of nearly 280 miles – 36 miles more than Tesla itself reckons the car will cover on a charge. If the numbers stand up to official scrutiny, Tesla will hold the world record for the longest distance travelled by a production electric car on a single charge. Of course, it should be pointed out that the Tesla was driven by a company staffer doubtless practised in eking out every last mile from a charge, and that the speeds averaged on the run were hardly blistering – 90kph (56mph) on the motorways, 60kph (37mph) on trunk roads and 30kph (19) in the mountain roads. Tesla reckon the average speed for the entire journey was 45kph (28mph).” – Source
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