By Stephen Markley on December 11, 2008
Tesla delivered the keys to the 100th owner of one of its electric Roadsters this week. Businessman Sam Perry joined the ranks of George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as Tesla owners.
You might remember Perry from election night: He was the guy Oprah was hanging over during Barack Obama's victory speech.
With a price of $109,000 and a nine-month waiting list, it's no wonder only a certain type of clientele owns the Roadster so far. Still, how does this sound: A car that costs between $2.50 and $5.50 to recharge, which gives you a range of 244 miles.
Tesla says it produces 15 of the cars each week but hopes to increase that to 30 by spring. However, we reported in July that they had delivered nine roadsters. Sixteen weeks later, that means they should have produced 249 total cars, not 100.
Tesla also has a four-door luxury sedan in the works for 2011, although that might be more difficult given the company’s troublesome financial situation.
Tesla Motors Hands Keys to 100th Roadster Owner (Mercury News)