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According to a recent test drive of the Tesla Roadster by Car and Driver magazine, the seats and their utter lack of comfort are the only thing holding back the overall range of the car.
The Tesla Roadster is an all electric vehicle with a capable range. According to Tesla, the vehicle can travel up to 240 miles on a single charge. But as Car and Driver's reviewer Aaron Robinson states, "Regardless of where your mind is transported, your body will move only about 240 miles, at most, between charges. Unfortunately, we can't verify the claim. We traveled only about 160 miles before total failure. Not of the battery packs, but of our lower backs."
With due consideration, the Tesla Roadster is considered a sports car and sometimes sporty vehicles lack certain creature comforts, but comfortable, supportive seats should not be one of them. The Tesla Roadster is equipped with seats very similar to that of the Lotus Elise upon which it is based.
Robinson went on the claim that, "The Tesla's seats seem to consist of little more than black paint on the fire wall. Now that waterboarding is banned, may we suggest simply locking terrorists inside a Tesla."
The overall review of the Tesla Roadster is positive despite Car and Driver's disgust with the seats. The Teslas Roadster sells for $110,950 a price increase from the initial starting price of $92,950.
Source: Car and Driver May 2009