Tesla Drops Hints of Next Electric Car

Targeted for the 2009 time frame, the electric sedan will boast the equivalent of 110 miles per gallon and will continue to use off-the-shelf lithium ion batteries.

Published: 09-Jan-2007

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — Following the introduction of its first electric car, startup Tesla Motors on Monday (Jan. 8) dropped hints about a next-generation sports sedan for the 2009 time frame.

The electric car startup is also looking to manufacturer the sedan in the United States and is seeking a new round of venture capital funding.

Last year, Tesla Motors (San Carlos, Calif.) rolled out its first electric car, dubbed the Tesla Roadster. The electric-powered Roadster boasts the equivalent of 135 miles per gallon and a range of 250 miles on a single charge. Based on an off-the-shelf lithium-ion battery, the electric sports car is capable of accelerating from 0-to-60 miles per hour in about four seconds.

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