See The Tesla Roadster – Oz Goes Electric Tour

When people think of all-electric cars, they often visualise a low range vehicle with very limited capabilities on the highway. Tesla is seeking to change that with the Oz Goes Electric Tour and its Roadster vehicle – charged purely with electricity sourced from solar, wind, hydro and biomass.
  
Delivering 215 kW (288 hp) and 400 Nm of instant torque, the carbon fiber Roadster’s “fuel” is stored in a liquid cooled battery pack. The Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in less than 4 seconds and can travel on average 360 km on a single charge. The vehicle holds the record for distance driven on a single charge in a production all-electric car – 501 kilometres.
  
The tour was launched yesterday and will cover Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. In Victoria, the tour is part of the local government’s Electric Vehicle Trial. 
  
Approved for use on Australian roads since January, Tesla has already sold 1,500 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific Region.
   
Jay McCormack, Australian National Sales Manager for Tesla, says the Oz Goes Electric tour will given many Australians their first glimpse of an all-electric vehicle and the Roadster will demonstrate that an EV can perform equally as well as conventional cars, but without the emissions.
  
While the green credentials, looks and performance of the roadster are impressive, acquiring a vehicle will be out of reach of many. Australian pricing for the Roadster starts at $206,188 (plus on road costs). However, the company is currently building more affordable vehicles that will utilise some of the Roadster’s technology.
  
Today’s Oz Goes Electric Tour Stop will be at Wangaratta Town Hall (Victoria) between 9am and 11am. Further details of the Oz Goes Electric Tour and other locations the Tesla will be stopping off during its 3000 kilometre journey can be viewed here.