Tesla Roadster at Hall of Fame
by AZIZA JACKSON
Oct 28, 2010 | 3118 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., checks out the Tesla Roadster Sport currently on display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame with Bruce Ramey from IMHOF.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., checks out the Tesla Roadster Sport currently on display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame with Bruce Ramey from IMHOF.
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This race weekend, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame is teaming up with Alabama Power to display the Tesla Roadster Sport to Talladega racing fans.

This all-electric sports car is being presented at different Alabama Power branches all over the state, including Mobile, Eufaula, Montgomery, Auburn, Anniston and Birmingham.

“We’re very fortunate they allowed it to come here during this tour,” said Amanda Thomas, coordinator for IMHOF.

“It’s an asset to our displays for race weekend.”

Its stop in Talladega was planned for race weekend in an effort to expose as many automotive fans as possible to the new technologies available in the automotive industry.

The all-electric car is manufactured by Tesla Roadster and made in the United States.

It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 125 mph.

It has a microprocessor-controlled lithium-ion battery with a seven year or 100,000 mile lifecycle.

Alabama Power says it has a long-time commitment to electric vehicles like the Tesla Roadster, and wants to make Alabama a preferred location for early adopters of electronic transportation.

“We’re showing the car because it is fun, it is fast, and it can go far for an electric car,” said Cedric Daniels, product manager for the Electric Transportation Department at Alabama Power.

“If you’re going to have a cool car someplace there’s no better place to have it than at the Hall of Fame museum.”

In addition to the car’s “cool” aesthetics, for customers, electric transportation could mean a fuller wallet.

Because the Tesla Roadster runs on electricity, it does not need gas and can be charged in as little as 3.5 hours using a Tesla Home Connector at 240 volts and 70 amps.

“We are happy that they (IMHOF) are such a strong supporter of alternative fuel cars and we’re just happy and delighted that they look at the future from the standpoint of our environment and the customers.”

Daniels said customers from all over the world are riding in the Tesla Roadster, with about 2,000 of them being sold on every continent. The Tesla Roadster starts at $110,000.

The Tesla will be on display today, Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the Tesla is making its way to Birmingham around noon for the Magic City Parade, and will return to the museum mid-afternoon.

Contact Aziza Jackson at ajackson@dailyhome.com