Future Toys

While Gustav frees up some time for those Ark-La-Tex residents like myself who are too far north to evacuate, I’ve been doing some reading, photo-editing, and thinking. The topic at the moment: the Tesla Roadster.

Before you click on the link above, take a look at the aesthetics of this baby:

Tesla Roadster

What you are looking at is a fully electric sports car. Currently running about $98,000, this sucker is electronically limited to 125 mph (booo!), can go from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, has a range of 220 miles on a single charge, and does not make you look like a moron (*cough*Prius*cough*).

I’m not entirely sold on electric cars being the alternative fuel design of the future, but the idea of a car running like a Ferrari in virtual silence is absolutely amazing, and that’s exactly what the Tesla does.

If there was a (much) cheaper, less sporty version in the future, I’d gladly buy one for me and Shari to drive around town. Imagine: just plug it up when you get home and never worry about the price of gas at the Valero on the corner. Those of you who know me realize that I’m not exactly the prototypical Mr. Green, but I’m definitely in favor of upheaving the internal combustion engine way of doing things and moving to a clean, effective system.

Here’s the only problem: have you ever forgotten to charge your cell phone overnight and realized at about 10:00 AM that you no one was going to be able to reach you for the rest of the day? Well, I dread the (inevitable) day that I forget to charge my car before I go to bed…

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3 thoughts on “Future Toys

  1. Matthew says:

    Where does the electricity come from for an electric car?

    I mean, sure, if you have a wind energy plant supplying you with electricity than your electric car is a green solution. But do you?

    If you have a coal burning plant supplying your energy, then it is a faulty assumption to suppose that plugging in your car is saving the environment… When the world runs totally off solar power (which it never will), then electric cars will be an environmental solution.

  2. Matthew says:

    hmmm… well, I will concede that 3.12 mi per kilowatt hour is sweet efficiency… the question then lies in how much energy is necessarily consumed in producing the over 6,000 battery cells that it runs off of.

  3. ryanaustindean says:

    The electricity is created out of thin air!

    PSsssshsSshhHHHh…didn’t you know that?

    😀

    I’m just assuming that within 10 years, they’ll have better ways of doing ALL of this.

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