Since Piedmont Credit Union started offering one half percent off the interest rate for cars that get better than 40 miles per gallon, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for good deals on fuel efficient and hybrid cars. Here’s one that really caught my eye! Take a look at the newest 100% electric car to hit the U.S. market. Tesla Motors has recently made their new roadster available for pre-order. Currently their website estimates that if you order one today you would receive it by July 2008. But with a starting price of $98,000 I think I’ll be waiting much longer than that to get behind the wheel. The car is rated to go from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds with a top speed of 135 mph. It will go up to 200 miles on a single charge and recharges in about 4 hours. The trunk is just the right size for a set of golf clubs!
Just for fun I calculated what my payments would be for a new metallic orange Tesla roadster with all the options priced at $116,275: At the discounted rate of 5.00% the payments would be $1,872.60 for 72 months. That doesn’t include taxes and registration!