The AutoBlogGreen crew was fortunate enough to be at the official Tesla Roadster unveiling and managed to snag some pictures/video. “Continue reading” for more.

Using a unique two-speed manual transmission, the Tesla Roadster’s power comes from a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor coupled with the Power Electronics Module (PEM) which provides multiple functionality of inverting direct current to 3-phase alternating current, the charging system, and the regenerative braking system

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Motor:* 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor* 13,500 rpm maximum* Max Net Power: 185 kW* Max Torque: 180 lb-ft* Top speed: over 130 mph
Performance* 0-60 mph: around four seconds* 0-100 mph: under 11 seconds* Range: 200-250 miles per charge (estimated)* Home-based charging system (EVSE) with integral safety features
Transmission:* 2 forward speeds + reverse (by reversing the motor)* 1st gear: 4.20:1* 2nd gear: 2.17:1* Reverse by reversing the motor (speed electronically limited)* Final drive: 3.41:1
Exterior:* Body: Carbon fiber* Unique headlamp assemblies using proprietary HID low-beam and halogen high-beam lamp units* LED taillights, marker lights and direction indicator lights* Length: 155.4 / 3946 (in/mm)