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Electric supercar on sale, but not in UK

  • 0-60mph in 3.9sec
  • Range of 221 miles
  • Batteries included!
Words ByJim Holder

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Lotus has begun production of the world's first electric supercar, although it's unlikely youll be able to get your hands on one.

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.