Beijing was the eighth stop in the “Odyssey of Pioneers,” the first round-the-world tour by a zero-emission electric car with lithium ion batteries. The 37,000-kilometer voyage by Tesla Motors and Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer includes public and VIP events in 15 cities on three continents.
In May, the Roadster appeared for the first time in India and was hosted in Jaipur by His Royal Highness Sawai Bhawani Singh Bahadur, the last maharaja of Jaipur — Rajasthan’s most significant political, cultural and religious figure. Before that, the Roadster became the first non-Russian car to get official clearance to park in Moscow’s Red Square.
Throughout India, Russia, China and other countries en route, the Roadster charges from conventional outlets using existing infrastructure. The TAG Heuer Tesla Roadster has charged from standard outlets at hotels, a solar panel array in Italy and even at a barn in rural Switzerland, demonstrating the versatility and ease of charging. Fans can follow the Odyssey online and on Facebook.
Tesla’s goal is to produce increasingly affordable electric cars to mainstream buyers – relentlessly driving down the cost of Electric Vehicles. Palo Alto, CA-based Tesla has delivered more than 1000 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and Asia. Tesla designs and manufactures Electric Vehicles and EV powertrain components.
It is currently the only automaker in the U.S. that builds and sells highway-capable Electric Vehicles in serial production. The Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than most sports cars yet produces no emissions. Tesla Service Rangers make house calls to service Roadsters.