The first-generation Tesla Roadster was the world's first truly eco-friendly supercar and the first electric vehicle that could be used every day, as it became the first production EV capable of driving 244 miles on a single charge. Tesla Roadster became the first car to be launched in deep space on a Falcon Heavy rocket during a test flight on February 6, 2018. Today it is exactly 13 years since the start of regular production of this iconic car.
On March 17, 2008, Ze'ev Drori, who was then President and CEO at Tesla, announced that the company had begun regular production of the Tesla Roadster. It was a historic milestone for the company and a watershed moment in the development of clean, zero-emission vehicles.
"Since my previous communication, we have obtained all the required regulatory approvals for the sale of the Roadster in the US and delivered the first production Tesla Roadster. We also set at that time a date of March 17th 2008 for the start of regular production of the Roadster. I am pleased to report to you that we have met this commitment and have begun regular production."
The first prototype of the revolutionary Tesla Roadster, unveiled in July 2006, drew extraordinary reactions from people around the world. They were inspired by the fact that beautiful, high-performance cars could generate zero-emissions and burn no oil. Less than two years later, Tesla began the production of this iconic electric vehicle. It was thanks to the Tesla Roadster that people all over the world began to change their view and perception of electric vehicles, which up to this point were perceived as nothing more than golf carts.
The Roadster became the starting point for Tesla, and the beginning of a long-term plan for the company to achieve the main goal: "to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy," which was written by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me) in 2006.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.