How far can the Tesla Roadster go in real world conditions? We're going to get more data on that probably in the near future.
The all-electric sports car will go more than 200 miles on a single charge. However, the actual results will vary depending on the terrain and your driving style, according to Diarmuid O'Connell, director of corporate development. The company, for instance, has driven the car on a single charge from Lake Tahoe, Calif., to corporate headquarters in San Carlos, Calif., a distance of about 200 miles. (Truckee to San Carlos is 207 miles, according to Google.)
But that's downhill. Tesla hasn't tried it the other way, which involves several thousand feet of climbing. That can sap the battery more than going downhill. Punching the accelerator a lot can also suck up energy, according to other electric car drivers. The company, though, will start to come out with more real world data as the release of the car approaches. (Owners will likely post information about their results too.).
In the meantime, the company is working with Hyatt hotels to install charging stations. The first ones are in San Francisco, Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Sacramento was chosen because it bridges the gap between the other two, O'Connell noted.
Today, the company is driving the car between the three charging stations. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom drove the car around the block in his city. Company drivers will then take it to Sacramento where California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will take it for a spin. Then it's off to Tahoe.
Besides range, the other issue with electric cars is price. The Roadster sells for $98,000. The company hopes to get some in customers' hands before the end of the year. Electric sedans will sell in the $30,000 to $70,000 range but only go 130 to 200 miles on a charge.