Electric vehicles in Montecarlo rally

The Tesla Roadster has reconfirmed its supremacy in the world of the alternative fuel vehicles, beating more than 100 competitors during the exciting Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally. Driven by former F1 driver Erik Comas, the Arctic White Roadster also scored a definitive victory in the Electric Vehicles Cup. The race, which ended Sunday, covered more than 800 km and included sprints on the Monaco F1 track.

"Thanks to the incredible efficiency of the electric car Roadster with lithium ion batteries, we were able to drive for more than 450 km on Saturday. There is nothing on the road like it," said Comas. "Next year I will enter five Roadsters owned by my company, Green Car Challenge, into this amazing event."

The rally passed over the Col du Corobin at a height of 1230 meters, and followed some of the same roads as the historic the Monte Carlo Rally.

The Tesla Roadster has once again proven to be the only electric car capable of participating in such hard competitions, always traveling at high performance in all conditions. The victory comes days after Tesla announced that Roadster owners around the world have travelled over 10 million electric miles (16 million kilometers).

The car has an EU-certified range of 212 miles or 340 kms on a single charge. In October 2009, the Roadster set a world record when owner Simon Hackett drove 313 miles (504kms) on a single charge during the Global Green Challenge in Australia.

The Roadster can be plugged into conventional outlets throughout the world, including 120 and 240 volt systems in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. No special equipment is needed for charging: if you have an outlet that charges a cell phone or a hair dryer, you can plug in your Roadster.

Erik Comas and his company Green Car Challenges have a fleet of five Tesla Roadsters available for rent to those who wish to organize eco-friendly and fun events for their customers and employees. Mixing regularity rallies on open roads with the discovery of beautiful countryside in Switzerland, France and Germany among other countries, experience incredible driving with this former F1 pilot who now masters this electric supercar like nobody else.

Tesla’s goal is to produce a full range of electric cars with lithium ion batteries, from premium sports cars to mass-market vehicles – relentlessly driving down the cost of electric vehicles. It is currently the only automaker in the United States that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 1,500 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific Region. The Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than most sports cars yet produces no emissions.