Tesla Roadster goes commercial enters production

Breaking free from the prototype stage, the Tesla Roadster gears up for commercial production. Tesla Motors' all-electric sports car hasn't hit the mass production slot however, the company will be rolling out about one or two cars a week right now, but it will steadily increase production. By early next year, it hopes to be producing around 100 cars a month. The A-listers who have already reserved (900 reservations so far) the car include Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clooney, Dustin Hoffman, and Arnold Schwarzeneggar. The spec sheet reads a two-seater car that will go zero to 60 miles per hour in just under four seconds.

The $98,000 Roadster was to come out in 2007 however technical problems with the transmission, among other components, caused delays. To overcome some of the technical hurdles, Tesla has created its own single-speed transmission. The first cars coming off the line will have the older transmission, which means these cars won't hit the 0 to 60 in 4 seconds mark. Anyone who gets the older transmission can come back to Tesla and get the new transmission for free. A truly global car, the lithium-ion battery cells come from Japan and are packaged into an ornate battery in the U.S. The body and chassis come from Europe. Final assembly takes place in Silicon Valley.

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