The electric-powered Tesla Roadster can accelerate from 0-60 mph in about four seconds. It offers the equivalent of 135 mpg and a range of 250 miles on a single charge, a combination heretofore unseen in a mass-produced electric vehicle.
(Performance numbers are still preliminary. Tesla converts from electric consumption to gallons of gasoline equivalent is calculated using the EPA conversion factor documented in the Federal Register: June 12, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 113), Rules and Regulations, Pages 36,985-36,992.)
Our goal in designing the Tesla Roadster was to build a car with zero emissions that people would love to drive. Each of our Signature One Hundred customers could drive any flashy, fast, gas-powered car they wanted. Instead they did the right thing, investing in an attractive car that uses no oil and is responsible for far fewer greenhouse gasses than the alternatives.—Martin Eberhard, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO
Each customer made a $100,000 deposit to join the Signature One Hundred Club and reserve their Signature One Hundred special edition Tesla Roadster. The Signature One Hundred edition includes a commemorative plaque in the cockpit personalized for the customer and signed by the company’s principals, a special Signature One Hundred trim package and all available options, including a state-of-the-art navigation system and a hard top. Deliveries of the Tesla Roadster are expected to begin mid-2007.
Some of the initial buyers include actor George Clooney, actor Dennis Haysbert, Jim Marver of VantagePoint Venture Partners, Jeff Skoll, formerly of eBay, as well as Martin Eberhard and Elon Musk, chairman of Tesla Motors. Musk led or co-led all three rounds of investment resulting in $60 million in funding.