The Tesla Roadster was the first car from Tesla, and gave a taste of what to expect from the company in the future...
The Tesla Roadster was the first car from Tesla, and gave a taste of what to expect from the company in the future…

The Tesla Roadster was the first vehicle from Elon Musk’s Tesla company. It was a proof of concept and was only ever going to be built in a limited numbers run.

It was also the first production EV to feature a lithium ion battery pack.

built on a modified Lotus Elise chassis, and assembled by Lotus in England, the Roadster was built from 2008 to 2012.

Briefly sold in Australia for almost $200,000, the Roadster is a rare and highly desirable car.

The official range is just under 400 kilometres although one has been driven over 500 km in a record breaking run.

Approximately 2,500 Roadsters were built in total, with a very tiny number of RHD ones built.

The Roadster was based on a modified Lotus chassis
The Roadster was based on a modified Lotus chassis

Power; 185-215 kW depending on model

Torque; 270-400 Nm depending on model

0-100 kmh; 3.7-3.9 seconds

Battery capacity; 53 kWh

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