Tesla Roadster is a super fast sports vehicle, goes like a rocket and offers an amazing grip and handling capability. The vehicle can accelerate from zero to about 60mph in less than four seconds, a feature that puts it at a unique position when compared to competing options. The vehicle’s engine is amazingly power-packed and can be relied on in various conditions. The top- end- stereo equipment that is installed helps to take the entertainment experience a notch higher. Tesla is highly silent, so don’t expect to hear rattling sounds when inside. It’s also one of the top performing electric cars at the moment. The car is powered by four key parts: electric motor, sequential-manual transmission, Power electronics module and an energy storage system. Tesla Roadster has an Energy Combustion System, which is simply a bank of batteries instead of the combustion engine. Ideally, it could be said that the manufacturers of this high-performance car went for a proven piece of technology. Tesla Roadster is powered by batteries that have a total of 6831 lithium ions that offer four to five times the energy density that can be obtained in other batteries. The batteries are arranged into a total of 11 sectors, each of them being separate from another and holding 621 batteries. Also, each of these sectors is controlled by a computer processor that helps to ensure that charging and discharging is handled superbly well.
Tesla’s Power Electronics Module (PEM)
Tesla Roadster has a Power Electronics Module that serves functions as a charging system, as well as that of an inverter that converts direct current to alternating current. This creates a massive increase in power output – which this electric car is known to offer – when compared to several first generation vehicles that are available in the market today. At its peak acceleration, the batteries have the ability to produce 200kW of energy that is quite admirable for any serious car enthusiast. The PEM also controls the rates at which charge and discharge take place, controls voltage levels and the motor’s revolutions per minute, it’s also tasked with effectively controlling the regenerative braking system and the torque. Also featured are aluminum fins that allow for heat dissipation to take place – therefore ensuring that the power transistors does not overheat.
Tesla Roadster’s Chassis
Being cognizant of the fact that chassis are an important part of every high-performance vehicle, the manufacturer of this electric vehicle didn’t take any chances. Tesla Roadster’s chassis are highly modified versions of the enigmatic Lotus-Elise chassis. It’s strong enough to sustain the weight of the car, and also does well to sustain the weight of the electric car in diverse conditions. The manufacturers of Tesla Roadster figured out how important and cost-efficient it was to outsource the manufacturing of some aspects of the vehicle that were difficult to acquire. This added to the company’s savings in manufacturing costs.
Tesla Roadster charging port
The batteries that power the Tesla Roaster can be recharged. It’s advisable that you do this regularly to avoid running out of power while in the middle of the road. There are two recharging methods. The first method is by installing a charging port in your garage where you can charge your car every evening when you arrive home. You can install an outlet that offers 220 volts and 70 amps. You will find that it takes just three and half hours to have your vehicle fully recharged. You can choose to plug in the power cords when you arrive, and you will be set for an entire day’s drive or even more when you wake up early in the morning. The second method of charging your car’s batteries has a portable charging system that allows you to recharge your vehicle anywhere there is an electric outlet. The configuration of these outlets may vary considerably, and this may cause discrepancies in the length of time which it takes to charge the batteries.
Safety of Tesla Roadster
All safety components of the vehicle have been tested and have been found to meet stringent industry standards. Crash tests on the front, sides and rear have been found to be okay. The existence of airbags also helps to add to the safety of the car’s occupants – in case, there is an accident. Also, adequate precautions have been taken to guarantee the safety of Tesla’s energy system. The company did astringent heat test on the batteries – just to ensure that they were safe for use, and don’t cause an explosion when they are excessively heated. Each of the available cells is separated from the adjacent, and this helps to prevent damage to them. Even when one of the cells overheats, it won’t start a chain explosion. There are smart sensors in the batteries that help to detect abnormalities in the acceleration, tilt, deceleration, the temperature of the engine, and other adjacent parts of the vehicle. If an abnormality is sensed, the safety mechanisms are designed to cuts off the power system and shut down.
The Roaster Cockpit
The four pole and three phase electric inductor-motor are certainly the heart of the Tesla Roadster. Independent testing shows that the vehicle can accelerate to a whopping 60 mph in just 4 seconds. However, the vehicle’s top speed can reach 130 mph. However, the speed that Tesla Roadster offers is not just its only appealing feature. The torque, powerband and the range of operating speeds of this vehicle are simply amazing. Even when it is at low RPM, the Tesla Roadster is in a position to generate large amounts of torque. Its motor can be relied on to provide tremendous amounts of horsepower. The type of motor responses that the vehicle offers gets rid of the need for complicated transmissions. Because of this, the Tesla Roadster has got only three gears, a reverse gear, and two forward options. You will find the shifting being manual, but the vehicle doesn’t have a clutch. This means that there will be no jerking or stalling when shifting gears. Today’s Tesla Roadster offers a much faster speed when compared to other electric cars. It’s estimated range on a single charge is 250 miles. This is 100 miles more than what General Motor’s EV1 offers when it is being driven under optimal conditions.
• Heated seats
• CD player
• Dual airbags
• ABS brake systems
• A pin that helps to start the car and prevent hot-wiring
• A HomeLink transceiver that can be programmed to your garage door or gate
• An iPod docks connector
• Electrically controlled handles
Because it is a convertible, the vehicle comes with a standard soft top. Available options include such features as a hard top, a satellite navigation system, and full leather interior.
• It can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 60 seconds
• Dimensions: Tesla Roadster is 155.4 inches long and 73.7 inches wide. The height is 44.4 inches
• Tesla Roadster weighs 2,500 pounds, but this is subject to change because of safety regulations.
• This vehicle can reach speeds of up to 130 mph
• Tesla Roadster offers a 250-mile range on EPA highway
• An extended battery life that can last for up to 100,000 miles
What about the Future of Electric Cars?
The Tesla Company has quite an unusual history. This is evident in the fact that its founders didn’t have any prior experience in the auto industry, and the company doesn’t have much connection to the rooted history of the American auto industry. But even with this unusual history, the company was able to create a cozy and high-performance electric car. Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning founded the motor company based on a simple portable eBook reader. Their action was fueled by their frustration with the inability of the mainstream car manufacturers to create electric cars that appealed to the masses.
Tesla recognizes the love that enthusiasts have for efficient and environmentally friendly cars. However, because of the high cost that is associated with manufacturing these cars, the company made just a few units of its high-end sports car. Notwithstanding, the company increased its production gradually, and its signature mark is now being felt in the market. The popularity of this brand is soaring pretty fast, and more people are embracing it despite the fact that electric cars still cost much more than cars that use combustion engine. However, there are two methods that users can achieve savings – the environmental impact, and the fuel costs. An electric car does not emit pollutants into the environment, and the cost attached to buying fuel is drastically minimized.
Tesla and manufacturers of other brands of electric cars share a consensus agreement on the efficiency of electric cars. They believe that if more (affordable) eco-friendly vehicles are produced for the masses, some emissions that get into the air will witness a dramatic decline, and this is great for the environment.