Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on November 21, 2007
Flea’s got an itch to drive green, and thanks to the Tesla Roadster’s Customer Drive program, he got his chance to scratch. That’s right Flea, he of the pantheon of rock musicians whose star has risen to such heights that he no longer needs middle or last names (think Sting, Madonna and Bob, to name a few), got the opportunity to test drive the new prototype of the Tesla Roadster.
You may have heard his music with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, now read what Michael “Flea” Balzary had to say about his experience driving the new car from Tesla:
“I get into it and pull away from the curb…dead silence. Wow!!!! It drove like nothing I have ever been in before, made my Porsche feel like a golf cart! It took off like a rocket ship, handled so sensitively, it was just amazing and fun and thrilling. I am so happy I went with my gut and bought that car. Yeah it is a long wait, but man, the thing is awesome. […] To enjoy driving as much as is possible in that Tesla, and to pollute nothing, no emissions, into the air, is a great great feeling.”
Of course, the Roadster is the Tesla Motors electric car. It is 100% electric, goes zero to 60 in under four seconds, has an equivalent 135 mpg, and travels 245 miles per charge at less than 2 cents per mile. How’s that for saving green while driving green? The Roadster is also lauding many lavish praises, like the BusinessWeek award for Best Product Design of 2007, Ecodesign; the Time Magazine award for Best Inventions 2006 – Transportation Invention; and Global Green award for Product/Industrial Design, to name a few.
The car will most likely be available for purchase in 2008. As a wonderful postscript to Flea’s story, he is using solar power in his new home and plans to charge his new Telsa with clean, green power.
That’s the best thing I’ve heard since “Californication”.