The year was 2006, the concept of electric vehicles expensive and impractical. But a small engineering team had an unorthodox vision for a car that could truly showcase the potential of electrification. That summer, then-fledgling start-up Tesla Motors unveiled its tour de force to the world — the Roadster.
Right out of the gate, the car impressed.
“High-end sports car. Faster than a Ferrari. Faster than a Lamborghini … It’s like being shot out of a slingshot,” said James Whittaker, an original Roadster owner, recalling his initial ride.
“Zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds,” said Carl Medlock, a former Tesla territory manager and now owner of an EV repair shop in Seattle that fixes the car,…