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Tesla vehicles offer ultimate control and superior handling with maximum comfort. They use energy efficiently, don't pollute, and will help eliminate dependence on oil.

Tesla vehicles liberate their owners from the petroleum-burning paradigm and associated inconveniences. The idea of time-consuming and costly detours to the gas station, routine oil changes, and frequent maintenance quickly becomes rather "last century". Owners drive their Roadsters all day long - to work, to errand, and on joy rides; at the end of the day, they simply return home and plug in. While the car quietly charges, the owners enjoy their evening, and wake up to a fresh, fully-charged car each morning.

Tesla's superior electric technology is designed, engineered, and built specifically for the driver. A single speed gear box means no clutch work is needed to achieve instant acceleration. Thanks to the Roadster's regenerative braking, the right speed can be achieved through simple adjustments of the accelerator pedal. Tesla's approach to vehicle technology calls into question anyone who thinks you must sacrifice premium performance to reduce your carbon footprint.      

Why should cars burn gasoline?

The Tesla Roadster isn't just fun to drive - it provides exhilarating electric miles with technology more efficient than any other sports car. An engine dependent on combustion will never attain the efficiency of the Tesla electric powertrain. The driving efficiency of a Roadster is 88% compared to 20-25% for traditional gas-powered cars. The experience of beating an equivalent gas-guzzling sports car off the line is exhilarating - and using less energy to do it makes the Tesla grin that much bigger. While hybrid (including plug-in hybrids with "range extenders") technologies increase the efficiency of internal combustion, they are still less efficient than an electric vehicle like the Tesla Roadster.

Tesla vehicles are the only cars that get more efficient from the moment they're first driven. The Roadster charges with electricity from the grid - whether the grid is dominated by natural gas or coal, or increasingly by solar and wind energy. And as the grid shifts to increasingly efficient technologies, Tesla vehicles reap the efficiency benefits. The opposite is true of a gasoline-burning car, which gets less and less efficient as it ages. Plus, a Tesla can be charged with electricity created from 100% renewable energy - no other sports car can say the same.

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Lose the Tailpipe

Tesla vehicles offer performance, handling, and comfort with no tailpipe emissions. Assuming half of all US electricity comes from coal, Tesla vehicles cut in half the CO2 emissions of its petroleum-burning rivals.

Powering the grid through increasingly efficient methods decreases the overall emissions of energy generation. Many Tesla owners take reducing their carbon footprint a step further - they install residential solar systems and charge completely off the grid. Their cars are truly emissions free.

Petroleum is a limited resource. The United States maintains about 2% of the world's petroleum reserves but consumes 25% of the supply. Nearly two-thirds of petroleum is used by the transportation sector and demand continues to rise. The supply will not last forever. Minimizing dependence on petroleum not only reduces emission, but also builds a stronger energy economy. The Tesla Roadster is the hottest, fastest way to declare independence.

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It Pays to Drive Electric

Policymakers around the world have recognized electric vehicles as a seminal component of environmental and national security policies. To encourage adoption of this cutting-edge technology, governing bodies provide a variety of incentives. Roadster owners around the world enjoy the perks of free parking and unrestricted use of high-occupancy vehicle lanes while conventional vehicles idle in traffic or circle to find parking spots. The United States government offers a $7,500 tax credit for purchasing a Tesla and many other financial incentives exist in other countries around the world.

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Fueling with electricity instead of petroleum is a sound financial decision. Depending on utility rates, the Tesla Roadster costs as little as $5 to charge, equivalent to $0.02 per mile. Alternatively, a gasoline-powered car rated to 20 mpg costs about $0.15 per mile.

 

Charging

Driving a Tesla becomes more about "topping-off" than refilling from empty. At the end of each day, Tesla owners simply plug in their cars. The charger is on board the car, which means no special permanently installed equipment is needed to plug in. Any outlet can be used to charge the car. After just a few hours, the car is ready for a day of driving with a full charge. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American commute is about 40 miles a day, and with a range of 245 miles (up to 300 for Model S), there is ample energy for many days of driving. But there's no reason to wait until the battery is completely empty before charging - with outlets everywhere, recharging doesn't mean going out of the way to the gas station.

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