Tesla Motors to Offer Leases for Roadsters

Tesla Motors, first producer of the highway-capable electric vehicle, is now offering the option to lease the groundbreaking Roadster and Roadster Sport.

Leasing allows customers to take immediate delivery of a new 2010 Roadster or Roadster Sport with a three-year, 30,000-mile contract with monthly payments of $1,658. According to Tesla officials, the relative low cost of electricity versus gasoline and the low maintenance needs of Tesla’s electric motor add to the benefits of leasing a Roadster over a conventional car. The cost savings compared to a similar gasoline-powered car could be $131 per month based on an estimated 833 miles driven per month – figures that are based on EPA fuel economy tests.

At the end of the lease term, customers have the flexibility to purchase their Roadster or pay a fee and walk away.

“We are committed to continuously improving and enhancing the Roadster; offering a leasing option means even more people can drive this exciting and groundbreaking car,” said John Walker, Tesla’s vice president of sales.

The Roadster has a range of 236 miles per charge. It can be charged in any conventional 120-volt or 240-volt outlet and produces zero emissions. Tesla Roadsters generally do not require the traditional maintenance of a conventional vehicle; however Tesla customers have the benefit of the Rangers, Tesla’s mobile service squad. Tesla Rangers make house calls for annual inspections, firmware upgrades and other services, so customers can have service from the home or office.

Tesla Roadster Sport

The Tesla Roadster Sport, pictured, and the Tesla Roadster are now available for customers to lease. Credit: Tesla Motors.

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