A test drive by The Wall Street Journal suggests that the Tesla Roadster’s 244-mile range may be a difficult target to hit. WSJ reviewer Clifford Atiyeh said “I never got close to Tesla’s claimed 244-mile range in which the car can drive without a recharge.” Atiyeh apparently made two attempts at reaching the 244-mile range. On one, he drove 125 miles and had 19 miles of battery life remaining on the computer. On the second, using the vehicle’s “range mode,” he traveled 130 miles and had 19 miles of battery range remaining on the computer.
The Wall Street Journal’s test vehicle cost $122,000.
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
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