Global environmental challenges
Taking the Tesla for a spin
We took a short spin in a Tesla to see what an all-electric sports car was like. The Roadster Sport wasn’t totally silent, but it wasn’t loud — and it was fast (zero to 60 miles per hour in under 4 seconds). We got lots of looks, too. Tesla calls it “performance with a clean conscience” but building the $109,000 machine creates a carbon footprint, and charging it requires relying in part on a fossil-fuel-fired power plant — most places, anyway. Sources tell us the company is planning to go public.
That said, it’s fun to drive. Here’s a quick look: