In the world of electric vehicles, it may seem like the phrase electric sports car is just marketing hype. While electric cars like the smart car roadster try to look the part, performance tends to be somewhat lacking. Cars like the Tesla electric car however, find a way to not only deliver sporty looks, but also amazing performance, even when compared to traditional sports car.
Electric cars tend to sell for a few simple reasons; They don’t use gasoline and they don’t generate hydrocarbons, which lends to their environmentally responsible image and low cost of ownership. The downside to most electric cars then, is that reduced performance is generally the trade off that is made for better range, long term performance and reasonable price. Greater performance means higher power usage or vastly reduced weight, and while greater power is the easiest route to better performance, it also tends to lead to shorter battery life, or more batteries which in turn increases weight and offsets the added power.
Bucking this traditional trend, the Tesla roadster is built with an overachieving Lotus-derived chassis as its base, and extensive use of expensive composites for reduced weight. In sport mode, the Tesla can achieve 0 to 60mph times of around 3.7 seconds, which rivals even the fastest traditional sports cars. Despite some dulled response due to the heavy battery packs stored in the rear, the Tesla performs on par with its traditionally powered Lotus Elise cousin. The trade off in the case of the Tesla however, is a tremendously high price tag of over $100,000.Just because a car is electrically powered doesn’t mean it has to be economically minded in regards to performance. Performance rarely comes without a price however, one that is generally reflected either in the vehicle’s price tag, or in its operating range.