The two-seat Tesla Roadster, on sale since 2008, is credited with making electric cars fun and sexy. The Roadster is adapted from components of the Lotus Elise, and will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, besting cars that cost twice its $109,000 sticker price. The Roadster’s audacious acceleration comes from a 185 kW (248 hp) electric motor powered by a 53 kWh Li-ion battery pack that provides 200 or so miles of range. Tesla has sold about 1,200 Roadsters—but production is slowing down as the company prepares to release its Model S in 2012 or 2013. The Maserati-looking four-door Model S is expected to sell for about $58,000, and offer a range of 150 or 300 miles, depending on which battery pack is selected.
Model: Model S
Web site: www.teslamotors.com
No. of passengers: 7 (two small seats for kids in back)
Battery size: 80 kWh (two battery packs will be avail.)
Range: 150 miles
Max. speed: 120 mph