To squeeze as much distance as possible out of the Roadster’s lithium-ion battery, the drivers traveled at a consistent speed of 34 mph for a large portion of their journey, which took 12 hours. Prior to the drive, a security seal was applied to the vehicle’s charge port door. The drivers took the vehicle from Alice Springs, Northern Territory to Coober Pedy, South Australia. Upon reaching its destination, the vehicle reportedly had three miles to spare in its battery. The drive was part of an alternative fuel rally called the Global Green Challenge.
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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