The right-hand-drive Tesla Roadster is now being marketed in the U.K., but will the company build enough cars to suit demand? Details inside.
Tesla Motors plans to build a right-hand-drive variant of the Tesla Roadster electric car. The company's first RHD model is at the Tesla dealership in London, and is being made available for test drives.
However, speculation has been running wild that Tesla may cancel the Roadster altogether. Tesla, which is readying an IPO, wrote in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that they "do not plan to sell [the] current generation Tesla Roadster due to planned tooling changes at a supplier for the Tesla Roadster." As Wired reports, the two-seater is based on the Lotus Elise, and a new generation of the Elise is expected for 2012.
So when it comes to the now-marketed right-hand-drive Roadster, caveat emptor.
Still, if you're willing to risk the car's deposit money, the specs are still impressive. The company estimates a 200-mile range for the Roadster, with recharge taking around four hours on a 220-volt outlet. The car has a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, and an electronically-limited top speed of 125 mph.
In the UK, the Tesla Roadster will have a starting price of £86,950, and is not subject to the London congestion charge. The entire purchase price of the car may also be tax deductible in the U.K. Tesla says they will sell the car worldwide.