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'Wicked Fast' Electric Car Set to Roll

Tesla Motors, a four-year-old Silicon Valley start-up, has raised $60 million and spent $25 million developing a two- seat Roadster that will sell for between $85,000 and $100,000.

Published: 21-Jul-2006

WASHINGTON  -- In a new approach to making the electric car a mass-market product, a California company will introduce a model Wednesday that is very specialized, very expensive and very, very fast.

Tesla Motors, a four-year-old Silicon Valley start-up, has raised $60 million and spent $25 million developing a two- seat Roadster that will sell for between $85,000 and $100,000. It goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in four seconds, "wicked fast," said the company chairman, Martin Eberhard. Because it is an electric vehicle, the driver does not have to shift into second gear until the car hits 65, he said.

At the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group that is not normally a fan of fast cars, Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the energy program, called the car "a remarkable potential breakthrough" because it does not use oil and can be powered by clean sources of electricity.

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