4 August 2008
Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster makes royal visit to Kensington Palace

4 August 2008 | His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent has become the first member of the British Royal Family to get behind the wheel of the new Tesla Roadster, the first electric sportscar to go on sale in Europe. The Prince put the car through its paces within the grounds of his London residence, Kensington Palace, the same model which made a star appearance at the British International Motor Show.

The Prince is a keen and long term supporter of the motor industry in the UK and takes a personal interest in the development of specialist cars. He was particularly encouraged by the zero-emission technology being developed by Tesla Motors.

Tesla Roadster

Darryl Siry, senior vice president of sales, marketing and service, Tesla Motors said: "It is a privilege for His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent to experience the Tesla Roadster. The car is representative of the values that he places on environmentally friendly and efficient vehicles, as well as his attitudes towards improving road safety".

In keeping with his recent test-drive of the Roadster, Prince Michael showed even more of an interest in the vehicle by visiting Tesla Motors in the Co-operative Insurance Greener Driving Pavilion & EV Village, at the British International Motor Show in London, where he was formally greeted by Senior Tesla personnel.

Production of the new car has started at the Hethel-plant in Norfolk, UK, and the first models have been delivered to customers in the USA. A total of 250 fully-loaded European specification Limited Signature Edition Tesla Roadsters are now on sale, each priced at € 99,000 (excluding VAT). Customers can make a reservation on the Tesla Motors website, with customers due to receive the Roadster in the UK in May, 2009.