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Tesla Roadster On an 1,800-Mile Australian Tour

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On: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 8:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

Tesla Roadster On an 1,800-Mile Australian Tour

If you were about to indulge on an 1,800-mile road trip—roughly Kansas City to San Francisco—an electric car would probably be your last vehicle of choice, what with range anxiety and limited charging locations holding you back. And that's precisely why Tesla is holding what it calls the "Oz Goes Electric" tour, to prove that you can complete that type of journey in an electric vehicle, albeit in Australia. The three-day tour is of 1,800 miles along Australia's eastern coast—the perfect place to put a red, electric convertible to the test.

While an 1,800-mile trek by electric car is an intimidating thing for most drivers, the Tesla Roadster is better equipped for it than most electric vehicles. Tesla rates the car's range at 245 miles, and it once achieved the record for longest drive on a single charge in a production vehicle with a 310.6 mile journey, also in Australia. You'd have all kinds of trouble doing that in a 100-mile Nissan Leaf.

During its drive, the Roadster will power up via solar-, biomass-, hydro-, and wind-derived power sources from AGL Resources.

The tour got underway on March 16 in Melbourne with an event at the Sofitel Hotel that was attended by Victorian government and Department of Transportation officials.

"The Victorian government’s Electric Vehicle Trial aims to improve awareness, understanding, and acceptance of electric vehicles,” Kristian Handberg, project manager for the Department of Transportation, said in a statement. "The trial is bringing vehicles, drivers, charging points, energy suppliers, and other market participants together to build the foundations of Victoria's electric vehicle market and make Victoria an EV-friendly place."

Tesla will pass through Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland, Australia on its tour and will make stops along the way to hold test drives and public events. When all is said and done, the company hopes to prove that "drivers don’t have to compromise on style, performance or range to go electric."

While the Tesla is sufficient for a traveling couple with limited baggage, Tesla will soon offer an alternative for the whole family. The five-seat Tesla Model S is scheduled to launch in mid-2012 for a post-government-tax-break base price of $49,900. The model will come in 160-, 230-, and 300-mile versions and will look nearly as sporty as the Roadster.

The Oz Goes Electric Tour runs through March 28. Check out Tesla's website for individual event descriptions.



Michigander | 11:06AM (Fri, Mar 25, 2011)

This is a great marketing ploy! They aren't just making claims... they are taking the time to prove it!

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