I am not pretending to be any more capable of covering the shocking revelation of the second-generation Tesla Roadster than any other enthusiastic EV blogger out there. However, this event brings back that peculiar sensation I experienced in the passenger seat of this particular Tesla Roadster back in 2011:
I was a petrolhead at the time. I had just spent a fortune restoring a Paris/Dakar-replica Suzuki motorcycle. I really did love that bike. However, when the kind gentleman from windestate.com slammed the accelerator in this thing, my mindset — as well as my bowels — turned upside down. After that, my beautiful desert off-roader felt like a lame duck in rattling knight’s armour.
What had happened? Well, the sensation — that I had a hard time to formulate at the time — was the recognition of the beginning of the clean revolution in transportation.
This marks the end of the dirty world of transportation. The Roadster is not a sensible car. It is a symbol. The second iteration complements the original, and wraps up the message. The old Roadster marked the beginning of a clean new world. The new Roadster marks the end of the dirty old world. Or as Elon puts it:
“to give a hard core smackdown to gasoline powered cars!”
Once again, Tesla has left the traditional automotive industry in shock. In the next months, the media will get swamped with stories about what just happened. I advise you to pay attention. If you have a gasoline-powered car in your driveway, you should start to plan ahead — because it will be worthless within a decade. I guess…
Tesla Roadster 2008:
244 miles (393 km)
0 — 60 mph: 3.9 sec
Top speed: 125 mph
Tesla Roadster 2020:
620 miles (1000 km)
0 — 60 mph: 1.9 sec
Top speed +250 mph