Electric Vehicle Visits DOE
April 24, 2007
On April 24, Tesla Motors brought their second generation Roadster prototype to DOE headquarters to give EERE officials an up-close demonstration of this exciting new vehicle. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary John Mizroch and Vehicle Technologies Program Manager Ed Wall took a test ride.
This plug-in electric vehicle uses 6,831 small lithium ion batteries that fully charge in 3 1/2 hours and provide a range of 250 miles. According to Tesla, the prototype car can exceed 130 miles per hour and is able to achieve 0-60 in 6 seconds. Its body is made from strong yet ultra-light carbon fiber.
EERE is currently working on a variety of energy storage technologies and lightweight, high-performance materials in order to help bring to market vehicles like the Tesla that provide better fuel economy and improved durability without sacrificing comfort or safety.