For those upset about the bashing electric vehicles have taken recently, check out this glowing profile ($ub. req’d) of Tesla — and its Roadster — in New Scientist magazine today. The Roadster does 0-60 in four seconds, tops out at 130 mph, and only costs $109,000 (sigh … not in this writer’s budget this year). Pedestrians and cyclists beware, the Roadster’s 248 horsepower electric engine makes less noise than a golf-cart, but its 450 kg lithium-ion battery would pack quite a punch. What the car lacks in aural stimulus, however, it makes up for with visuals: those curves will turn even a Volvo-devotee’s head.

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