If you've been following the development of Tesla
's first production car, the Roadster
, you probably already know that it can do up to 240ish miles on a charge -- or an awful lot more
in perfectly ideal conditions. Cumulatively, though, they can go much, much further. Tesla has sold around 1,500 of the things since they were introduced in 2008, and the company is able to keep track of just how far each has covered. Together that first batch of cars has just covered its 10 millionth mile, which is probably enough to drive to Pluto or to some other arbitrary feat that usually gets bandied about when these sorts of milestones are achieved. Suffice it to say it's a long way. Tesla says roughly 500,000 gallons of gasoline were saved compared to what would have been burned in conventional
supercars, but given the pretzel-like contortions required to climb in and out of these things we're left wondering just how many backs were broken in the process.
Tesla Roadster Drives 10 Million Miles and Counting
Tesla owners all over the world have collectively saved 500,000 gallons of gas
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Tesla Motors announced today that electric Roadsters in more than 30 countries have now covered over 10 million real-world miles, the greatest collective distance covered by any electric vehicle maker to date.
Roadsters have collectively saved 500,000 gallons of fuel and over 5.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Over 1,500 Roadsters have consistently outperformed the best traditional supercars worldwide, to the delight of their owners.
"We owe this achievement to Roadster drivers around the world and their pioneering adoption of electric vehicles," said Tesla Motors cofounder and CEO Elon Musk. "The Roadster has proven to the world that electric cars can be incredibly fun and practical. Most importantly, these vehicles have provided Tesla with a real-world test fleet that allows us to stay on the cutting edge of electric powertrain engineering and technology."
The Roadster launched in 2008 as the only highway-capable EV in the world, and today it still has no equal. Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and traveling 245 miles on a single charge, the Roadster set the bar for performance and range for electric driving. The Roadster is also credited with catalyzing the automotive industry to pursue a zero-emissions future.
Tesla launched the Roadster 2.5, the fourth iteration of the vehicle, last year, demonstrating the company's continuous innovation and close feedback loop with engineers and customers. The Roadster continues to break new barriers, setting records for distance traveled on a single charge by an EV, and proving itself to be an ideal sports car for cold-weather driving.
From Vancouver, Canada to Melbourne, Australia, the Roadster has proved that drivers don't need to compromise on performance, style or even range to go electric. Tesla is actively building on what it has learned from the Roadster to make its next vehicles just as groundbreaking.
About Tesla Motors
Tesla's goal is to produce a full range of electric cars, from premium sports cars to mass-market vehicles – relentlessly driving down the cost of electric vehicles. It is currently the only automaker in the United States that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 1,500 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific Region. The Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than most sports cars yet produces no emissions.