Tesla Motors concludes its historic Roadster Road Trip

Starting at Tesla’s retail store in sunny Los Angeles, the 2,700-mile journey was designed to raise awareness about electric cars, greet fans and owners nationwide, and prove that the Roadster is four-season rugged. The Roadster is expected to arrive at its final destination, Detroit’s Cobo Hall, at 2 p.m. today.

The "Arctic White" Roadster with special decals made nearly two dozen stops, including customer appreciation events, recruitment initiatives on college campuses and "tech talks" with engineers. Tesla employees drove through nine states, three time zones and two blizzards, with one stop to install snow tires.

Tesla Motors is the world’s only automaker selling highway-capable electric vehicles. Tesla sells cars online and operates showrooms and galleries in London, Munich, Monaco, California’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, Colorado, New York, Seattle, South Florida and Chicago. The company’s goal is to produce increasingly affordable electric cars to mainstream buyers – relentlessly driving down the cost of EVs.

Tesla Motors has collaborated with Panasonic to develop new battery cells for electric vehicles (EV). The cells are comprised of Nickel-based Lithium ion chemistry.

The all-electric Tesla Roadster accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds yet produces zero tailpipe emissions, qualifying it for tax credits and fee waivers throughout North America and Europe. The Roadster does not need regular oil changes or exhaust system work. Roadsters have no spark plugs, pistons, hoses, belts or clutches to replace. Tesla recommends a standard service and diagnostic inspection once a year – and Tesla can perform service with convenient "house calls" at customers’ homes or offices.