Tesla Roadster Wins Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally

In case you were wondering if there was a certain high-performance super EV that takes the cake for sheer sports car chutzpah, Tesla Motors would like you to know that their Roadster just won the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally. Oh, and did we mention that it also won in two additional categories, the Efficiency Cup and the Electric Vehicles Cup?

As unsurprising as this may be for those who’ve been following the development of Tesla, this rally was no walk in the park. The course covers highways, two-lane back roads, mountain passes and sprints on the Monaco F1 track, totally nearly 622 miles. Tesla’s Arctic White Roadster beat 96 competitors in range, efficiency and performance, using just $36.00 worth of electricity.


image via Tesla Motors

The man behind the wheel at Monte Carlo, Formula One driver Eric Comas, a veteran of 63 Grands Prix, said, in a statement, “The Roadster is just as fast as some other super cars I’ve piloted – and it’s astoundingly more efficient than any rival. This was truly a team effort over the past days, and continued efforts like this will be vital in conquering the challenges of the future of motor sport.”  The Roadster’s victory marks the first time an electric vehicle has dominated a Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) competition worldwide.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply April 1, 2011

    Jack Renauer

    There’s nothing on the planet that’s going to beat the Roadster in this kind of competition. Similar to Ferrari in F1 back in the Schuey days…LOL

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