Tesla Roadster Makes First Appearance at Scottish Motorfair

By Auto News Log • May 19th, 2010

Knockhill debut comes weeks after Tesla’s official entry in the UK racing circuit and the first Roadster delivery in Scotland.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – Tesla Motors will debut this weekend at the Scottish Motorfair, where the award-wining Roadster will keep pace with a Formula 1 car and other supercars.

Held May 22-23 in Fife, the seventh annual Knockhill show in comes a month after the UK Motor Sport Association permitted electric vehicles to race in official competitions. The Tesla Roadster has already begun collecting trophies at prestigious UK circuits – and it will be the only zero-emission car at Knockhill that is already on sale and in production.

Tesla, which has delivered cars to customers in 25 countries so far, is providing test drives to the media and to qualified prospective customers this weekend in Scotland – including those who reserved the Tesla Model S and those eager to “go electric” as soon as possible.

“We hear every day from people who want to start accumulating zero-emission miles – but they don’t want to sacrifice performance and fun,” said Tesla UK sales manager and race car aficionado Gian Avignone, an Aberdeen native. “The Roadster is truly the only car that meets their needs, and they can start driving it today.”

The Roadster accelerates faster than supercars that cost twice as much, yet it produces zero tailpipe emissions and is twice as energy efficient as leading hybrids. The Roadster, which consumes no oil whatsoever and plugs into conventional outlets throughout Europe, is the only sports car in the world that can be charged with solar, hydro or wind energy.

Scotland is now home to its first Roadster!

Tesla’s first appearance in Knockhill comes only weeks after Tesla delivered its first car to a customer in Scotland, who lives just east of Edinburgh.

Scotland is an extraordinary model for renewable energy and a great place to demonstrate the environmental benefits of electric vehicles. Scotland has an abundance of hydro-electric schemes and already generates substantial wind power. It’s expected to be a 21st century leader of tidal and wave power development.

Local companies that purchase a Roadster benefit from a 100 percent Writing Down Allowance, meaning they can deduct the price of the car from their taxable profits. The Roadster is the only sports car that has ever qualified for a such a tax incentive throughout the UK.

Source: Tesla Motors

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