I’ve always marveled at how long the antique internal-combustion engine has survived. By 2006 standards, my car’s power plant is a noisy, heat-blasting, poison-spewing monster with way too many moving parts. One spin in a Tesla made me realize that the gas engine might finally be on its last legs—and not because electric cars will help wean us from Saudi oil and save us from global warming. Rather, the Tesla Roadster is a rolling demo that proves electric cars now outperform their gas-guzzling counterparts in comfort, convenience, and, best of all, speed.
Hopefully by the time I’m ready and/or able to buy a high performance sports car electric motors will be commonplace, powerful, and reliable. Oh, and significantly cheaper. The Tesla is $100,000, and I’m not sure I could ever justify spending that much money on a car.