Electric supercar on sale, but not in UK
Costing $98,000 - roughly £48,000 - the Tesla Roadster runs entirely on electricity, and is capable of 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds. It has a range of 221 miles from a single charge, which is enough to get from London to Liverpool.
However, despite being developed by Lotus and partially built in East Anglia, US-based Tesla Motors has no plans to sell the Roadster in the UK, or in any other European markets.
Instead, it will only be available in America - even then, all the 2008 models have sold out, and the order books for the 2009 models are reported to be filling up.
Tesla Motors also has plans for a five-seater sports saloon, to be introduced by 2010.
Featured in this story