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Tech & Science Tesla is revamping its relationship with owners of the original Roadster. Here's a closer look at Tesla's first car.

16:30  08 december  2019
16:30  08 december  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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a red car parked on the side of a road: The still-great original Roadster. The still-great original Roadster.
  • Tesla recently announced that it would revise its service relationship with owners of its original Roadster, while simultaneously encouraging them to considering trading in Tesla's first car for a new model.
  • The original Roadster is perhaps the most important car in the history of electric vehicles.
  • Here's a look at what made it great - and why it still is.
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Tesla's first vehicle was the original Roadster, and even CEO Elon Musk now admits it was an early draft of what Tesla could do. The design was borrowed from Lotus, and the UK automaker supplied Tesla with chassis through the Roadster's run, from 2008-2012.

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The Tesla Roadster is an upcoming all-electric battery-powered four-seater sports car made by Tesla , Inc. Tesla has said it will be capable of 0 to 97 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 1 .9 seconds

The Roadster announced, dramatically, what Tesla was all about: fast, sexy, all-electric cars. No more glorified golf carts.

The Roadster hit the market priced at $US80,000, but by the time the third upgrade was retired, the sticker had topped $US150,000. Around 2,500 were sold.

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Launched in 2008, the Roadster unveiled Tesla ’ s cutting-edge battery technology and electric powertrain. From there, Tesla designed the world’ s first ever All Tesla vehicles are produced at its factory in Fremont, California, where the vast majority of the vehicle’ s components are also made.

Many are still on the road, and Tesla recently announced it would provide separate customer service and maintenance support to Roadster owners; these folks are a committed crew of early adopters and Tesla continues to care about them.

Here's a closer look at the Tesla that fathered all that followed, from the Model S to Model X, Model 3, Semi, Cybertruck, and forthcoming New Roadster.

The original Roadster hit the street in 2008, after several years of development by an upstart Silicon Valley automaker called Tesla, after Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American inventor.

a red car driving on a city street

Elon Musk had taken all his winnings from selling PayPal to eBay and sunk them into Tesla and another company, SpaceX. He was determined to make electric cars a viable alternative to gas-powered vehicles.

Elon Musk in a red car

The first Roadsters arrived in 2008, and Musk himself later admitted that they weren't the greatest cars in the world. But they made a statement, and over three iterations, Tesla ironed out the kinks.

a car parked in a parking lot

The Roadster wasn't an original Tesla design; "glider" chassis were borrowed from Lotus.

a car parked in a parking lot

The electric drivetrain consisted of a rear-wheel-drive motor, a 53-kilowatt-hour battery pack consisting of 6,000 lithium-ion cells wired together and serving up over 200 miles of range, and a single-speed transmission. The 0-60 mph time was an impressive 3.9 seconds.

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Tesla later improved the Roadster, launching the Sport 2.0 version in 2010. I drove it then, and was blown away. The 0-60 mph time improved to 3.7 seconds, but the price tag went up to about $US100,000.

a man wearing sunglasses driving a car

About five years, later, Tesla found a Roadster for me to revisit. It's still my favourite Tesla and the one I'd buy.

a man wearing sunglasses and a red car

Read all about it.

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Tesla unveiled its second generation Roadster in Los Angeles on Thursday. Tesla surprised everyone at the semi truck unveiling with a revamped Roadster . The car is the second version of the original Roadster , Tesla ' s first production car .

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the very first production Model 3 on his personal Twitter two weeks ago, and since then we haven’t heard very much Tesla is probably holding out for it’ s big delivery event this upcoming week, but a Tesla fan has already managed to get a close up video of the car .

By the time the Roadster had been officially retired, the battery pack had been upgraded to an 80 kWh capacity.

a red car parked on the side of a road

What the car never lost, even as it got beefier power and more carbon fibre, was blinding straight-line speed and point-and-shoot handing. The car was a joy to steer, so precise was the rack.

a red car parked on the side of a road

The soft top could be quickly removed and stowed in a tiny trunk for open-air motoring.

a red car parked on the side of a road

The Roadster was how we got to know Tesla and understand Musk's ambition.

  Tesla is revamping its relationship with owners of the original Roadster. Here's a closer look at Tesla's first car.

The car was rudimentary, however. Sure, the powertrain was high-tech. But you still started it with a key.

  Tesla is revamping its relationship with owners of the original Roadster. Here's a closer look at Tesla's first car.

The interior was bare-bones.

  Tesla is revamping its relationship with owners of the original Roadster. Here's a closer look at Tesla's first car.

The transmission was basic.

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Readouts were digital, but they were like an early 2000s video game.

  Tesla is revamping its relationship with owners of the original Roadster. Here's a closer look at Tesla's first car.

The infotainment system just barely got the job done.

a screen shot of a computer

Still, if you don't count the Lunar Rover, this is the only Earth-bound car to make it into space. Piloted by "Starman," Musk's personal Candy Red Roadster was mounted atop SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket and sent into orbit in early 2018. It's still up there.

a view of the earth from space

For Roadster lovers, there's currently no two-door on sale from Tesla. But the New Roadster, unveiled in 2017, is on the way. The 0-60 mph time is projected at 1.9 seconds, which would make it the fastest street-legal car available.

Elon Musk in a red car posing for the camera: Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Was a great car, still is. It's wonderful that Tesla continues to look after owners, even as it encourages them to think about adding newer Teslas to their fleets.

a red car parked in a parking lot

Tesla has reportedly lost its top lawyer for the third time in the past year .
Tesla's general counsel, Jonathan Chang, has left the company, Bloomberg's Dana Hull reported. Chang's departure marks the third time a top lawyer at Tesla has left the electric-car maker in the past year. Tesla is known for its high rate of executive turnover, which has exceeded that of other high-profile tech companies, according to an August research note from AllianceBernstein. This year has also seen the departure of CTO JB Straubel, CFO Deepak Ahuja, and vice president of production Peter Hocholdinger.

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