A uma semana atrás a Tesla Motors colocou um contador de dias, horas e minutos, ah, segundos também, em seu site para ajudar a todos saberem quanto tempo faltava para o lançamento do Tesla Roadster no dia 20 de julho. Por trás do contador tinha o formato do Tesla Roadster, já nos dando uma idéia do carro.
Aliás este carro tem causado um certo rebuliço no meio automotivo, pois um carro elétrico capaz de fazer de 0-100 em apenas 4 segundos é algo sensacional com certeza! O gasto de se andar com um carro deste seria o equivalente a 57 km/l e uma carga nas suas baterias é o suficiente para 400 quilômetros de alegria.
Parece impossível existir um carro assim, não é verdade? Não sabemos que tipo de magia é usada na fabricação dele, mas já temos algumas informações…
Esta semana a Tesla Motors finalmente revelou sua maravilha sobre rodas, um carro que tem a mesma aparência de qualquer outro super carro já existente. A principal diferença é o barulho que ele faz. Ou que ele não faz. Impulsionado por um motor de 3 fases de corrente alternada, o Roadster pode ir a 208 km/h tranquilamente em qualquer rodovia sem fazer um decibel de barulho!!
O lançamento do carro foi em um hangar de aeroporto em Santa Monica, Califórnia.
O carro é baixinho, como normalmente um super esportivo é, mas suave em todos os sentidos possíveis. Ele não é somente um carro esporte. Ele também é um amigo da natureza. Emissões de poluentes ZERO. Aliás ele nem tem escapamento, rs rs.
A apresentação do carro foi também um convite para imteressados comprarem ele, quando ele for lançado no meio de 2007, por um valor que ficará entre US$ 80.000 e US$ 120.000. Os primeiros 100 serão entregues como modelos Signature. A empresa diz que os primeiros que comprarem o carro não estarão apenas comprando um carro esportivo maravilhoso, como também estarão ajudando no desenvolvimento e pesquisa de futuros modelos da empresa.
O CEO da Tesla Motors, Martin Eberhard, disse que um carro esportivo elétrico está sendo a maneira de fundamentalmente mudar a maneira de dirigir nos EUA.
Alguns detalhes sobre o carro que foram confirmados como reais: autonomia de 400 quilômetros e também todos os equipamentos de segurança possíveis, como ABS, airbags, etc.
TESLA MOTORS HOSTS WORLD DEBUT OF TESLA ROADSTER
OFFERING PERFORMANCE, STYLE & EFFICIENCY- WITH A CONSCIENCE
Silicon Valley Manufacturer Unveils Sleek, Clean and Fast
Performance Electric Vehicle Before Crowd of Well-Wishers
SAN CARLOS, Calif. – (July 19, 2006) – The first performance electric car manufactured by Tesla Motors, the high-performance, zero-emissions Tesla Roadster, was unveiled before a throng of well-wishers, car buffs, and potential customers Wednesday evening during Tesla’s “Signature One Hundred” event at Barker Hangar.
More than 350 invited guests spent the evening learning about the new sports car, speaking with Tesla Motors executives, and going for rides along the tarmac at the Santa Monica Airport, adjacent to the event. Many signed up to be among the first to take delivery of the Tesla Roadster, becoming Signature One Hundred Members.
Celebrities in attendance included actor Ed Begley Jr., producer Richard Donner, businessman Michael Eisner, PayPal founder (and Tesla Motors Chairman) Elon Musk, Participant Productions’ Founder and CEO Jeff Skoll, also of eBay fame, and actor Bradley Whitford, who starred in “The West Wing.”
“We’re thrilled to have the support of top people from so many different industries,” said Martin Eberhard, CEO of Tesla Motors. “High-tech, CleanTech, entertainment, automotive, you name it. It’s gratifying to have others realize the significance or what Tesla Motors is doing.”
The electric-powered Tesla Roadster boasts a top speed of more than 130 mph and a range of 250 miles on a single charge, a combination heretofore unseen in a mass-produced electric vehicle. Its extended range is due to its state-of-the-art lithium-ion Energy Storage System. The Tesla Roadster is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in about four seconds.
“The Tesla Roadster delivers sports car performance without using any gasoline,” said Eberhard. “This is what we hoped to achieve when we started the company three years ago, to build a car with zero emissions that people would love to drive.”
Using a unique two-speed manual transmission, the Tesla Roadster’s power comes from a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor coupled with the Power Electronics Module (PEM) which provides multiple functionality of inverting direct current to 3-phase alternating current, the charging system, and the regenerative braking system.
The Roadster’s Energy Storage System (ESS) provides power to the entire vehicle, including the motor. Its durable, tamper-resistant enclosure includes: 6,831 lithium-ion cells; a network of microprocessors for maintaining charge balance and temperature among the batteries; a cooling system; and an independent safety system designed to disconnect power outside the enclosure under a variety of detectable safety situations.
The Tesla Roadster comes complete with its Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE), a home-based charging system. An optional mobile charging kit, for re-charging while away from the EVSE, also features this automatic disconnect system. Charging the Tesla Roadster takes approximately 3.5 hours.
The Tesla Roadster is capable of driving up to 250 miles (EPA Highway) on a single charge, a range roughly triple that of previous mass-produced electric vehicles, like General Motors’ EV1.
“It didn’t make sense to sell a car that couldn’t go 90 miles on a charge. You’d spend more time charging the old EVs than driving them,” said Eberhard. “Lithium-ion technology, which has been proven in many different applications, has allowed us to achieve exactly what we thought it would in terms of power, range and efficiency.”
The body design of the Tesla Roadster, which included a collaborative effort by the company’s employees, has been headed by Barney Hatt, Principal Designer at the Lotus Design Studio in England. The result is a sleek, stylish sports car that will appeal to enthusiasts and environmentalists the world over.
Tesla designers and engineers have gone to great lengths to ensure that not only is the Tesla Roadster safe to drive, but also when charging the performance electric car, at home or on the road. Their goal is to not only meet, but to surpass the rigorous standards of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, or FMVSS, as implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Tesla co-founders Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, who serves as Vice President, Engineering, have brought together a team of automotive industry veterans plus Silicon Valley electronics and Internet engineers to bring the Tesla Roadster to life.
Research and Development for Tesla Motors is based at the Corporate Headquarters in San Carlos, Calif. Engines are manufactured at Tesla’s facility in Taiwan, and assembly takes place at Tesla’s plant in England.
Eberhard and Tarpenning provided the early funding for the company, and were joined in 2003 by Musk, CEO of SpaceX, who is the major investor in the company and serves as Chairman of Tesla Motors.
Musk worked with Eberhard and Tarpenning to attract more investors and approach Venture Capital firms, and in June 2006, Tesla Motors announced that the company had secured and additional $40 million in financing led by Musk and VantagePoint Venture Partners, one of the largest CleanTech investors in the Silicon Valley.
Deliveries of the Tesla Roadster are expected to begin next summer.
About Tesla Motors
Tesla Motors was founded in July 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning to create efficient electric cars for people who love to drive. The Chairman of Tesla Motors, a privately held company, is Elon Musk, who has lead or co-led all three rounds of investment resulting in $60 million in funding. Mr. Musk has been instrumental in both corporate and product development at Tesla Motors.
The company currently employs 70 people, including teams in California, the U.K. and Taiwan. The background and experience of Tesla’s employees mirrors the vehicle itself, drawing from diverse expertise in the electronics, automotive and Internet industries.
Tesla Motors creates vehicles that conform to all U.S. safety, environmental and durability standards. Tesla’s cars include modern safety equipment such as airbags, front crumple zones, side impact protection, and 2½ mph bumpers. Tesla will sell cars in the U.S. only when they pass the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS).
For more information, visit www.teslamotors.com
* 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor
* 13,500 rpm maximum
* Max Net Power: 185 kW
* Max Torque: 180 lb-ft
* Top speed: over 130 mph
* 0-60 mph: around four seconds
* 0-100 mph: under 11 seconds
* Range: 200-250 miles per charge (estimated)
* Home-based charging system (EVSE) with integral safety features
* 2 forward speeds + reverse (by reversing the motor)
* 1st gear: 4.20:1
* 2nd gear: 2.17:1
* Reverse by reversing the motor (speed electronically limited)
* Final drive: 3.41:1
* Body: Carbon fiber
* Unique headlamp assemblies using proprietary HID low-beam and halogen high-beam lamp units
* LED taillights, marker lights and direction indicator lights
* Length: 155.4 / 3946 (in/mm)
[Fonte: Tesla Motors]