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.
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
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