2008 Tesla Roadster


As the original Tesla, the roadster stands as the beginning of a new car manufacturer and one of the first steps in showcasing the potential of electric vehicles as performance cars. The Tesla Roadster was actually a Lotus Elise chassis without any of the usual Lotus running gear installed. Tesla ordered around 2,500 units from Lotus of which 2,450 Roadsters were sold during it’s life span of 2008 to 2012.

The battery pack at the time was a very different approach, being comprised of 6,831 lithium-ion cells arranged into 11 sheets connected in series. This was essentially thousands of laptop batteries shoved into a car. The prevailing thought was such an endeavor would result in too much weight with little performance. However the Roadster proved the skeptics wrong, demonstrating tremendous acceleration and handling characteristics.

The main goal of the Tesla Roadster was to announce to the world that electric vehicles could be fast and fun, with the intention of then building more high volume passenger cars such as the Model S, X and 3 later on. The drivetrain consisted of an electric motor driving the rear wheels through a one-speed transaxle, which was feed power from a 53 kWh battery pack.

Motor: Electric @ 53 kWh
Weight: 1,220 kg / 2,690 lbs
Power: 185 kW / 248 hp / 252 PS
0-100 kph: 4.0 seconds
Torque: 270 Nm / 199 lb-ft
Top Speed: 201 kph / 125 mph


2008 Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster 2020

Tesla's first car was the Roadster which successfully proved electric cars could be fast and fun. Now the n...

2012 Tesla Roadster Sport

2012 was the final year of the original Tesla Roadster, with a successful run of 2,450 units being sold. Th...

2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

Unveiled at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed, The Tesla Roadster 2.5 features a refreshed new look, impr...

Tesla Cybertruck 2022

The body shell of the Cybertruck is made from ultra-Hard 30X Cold-Rolled stainless steel, which gives it tr...

2016 Tesla Model 3 Prototype

Tesla Model 3 is the next logical step of Tesla's "secret master plan" and mission to accelerate the world'...

2021 Tesla Model Y

After first being announced back in 2015 the Tesla Model Y has been revealed, taking up the compact SUV slo...

2017 Tesla Model X

Tesla Motors have entered the SUV market with the Model X, the third car from the manufacturer which mainta...

2018 Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 stands as the brands push to bring the affordable electric car to the masses, with good r...

2017 Tesla Model S P100D

Sitting atop the Tesla Model S food chain is the P100D, which Tesla Motors has fitted a 100kWh battery pack...

2013 Tesla Model S

After Tesla Motors announced itself to the world with the Roadster, comes the mainstream attempt at selling...

2017 Tesla Model S P90D

With a large 90 kWh battery pack and some nifty software upgrades, the Tesla Model S now boasts unparallele...