Tesla Birthwatch 2: 200-mile Roadster Road Trip– With Recharge Stop

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by Frank Williams
tesla birthwatch 2 200 mile roadster road trip with recharge stop

Tesla Motors is set to send its lithium-ion battery-powered prototype Roadster on a 200-mile road trip. According to Green Wombat , it's a "publicity stunt designed to demolish the perception that electric cars are short-range put-put mobiles more suited to suburban cul-de-sacs than the open road." Tesla PR wonk David Vespremi claims it's no biggie; Tesla has already "put the car through its paces during long-distance testing." The trip is sponsored by the Hyatt hotel chain and will include several stops at Hyatts along the route. Even though Tesla claims a 200-mile range for the Roadster and they're taking it on a 200-mile road trip, AutoBlogGreen reports they'll be stopping at a Hyatt in Sacramento "to show off the charging capability (and charge the batteries)." According to Vespremi, this was "the plan all along." Funny that this plan doesn't show up in any of the news stories about the jaunt before now. TTAC has been questioning their range claims from the start; too bad the company can't won't use this opportunity to prove us wrong.

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  • Pch101 Pch101 on Aug 17, 2007
    The EPA must certify our range and efficiency numbers according to their standards, it is the law for all production EVs. I must have missed the part of the regulation that bars you from doing a press event without a charge-up in the middle of it. At least Mr. Siry's answer clarified one thing for me -- Mr. Farago is onto something.
  • Stein X Leikanger Stein X Leikanger on Aug 17, 2007

    Thanks for that clarification, siry. As you may have gathered, I remain skeptical of the viability of a fast electrical vehicle - but it's nice to be in direct discussion.

  • Fallout11 Fallout11 on Aug 20, 2007

    Yet more vaporware, sound and fury signifying nothing except that gullible investors can still be found.

  • on Aug 23, 2007

    [...] The Tesla Roadster 200 miles road trip Word is out that Tesla Motors are preparing a public 200 miles road trip to demonstrate the capabilites of the Roadster. Interesting tidbit is this: Hyatt is considering installing charging stations at some properties. Some coverage: - Green Wombat - The truth about cars - Gizmodo - AutoBlogGreen __________________ Waiting for the White Star [...]