LOS ANGELES (Dec. 4, 2006) – The lower rolling-resistance qualities of its Advan Neova performance tire line has earned Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) original equipment supplier status to Tesla Motors Inc.'s electric Roadster sports car.
“Using Yokohama´s Advan tires on the Tesla Roadster was an easy decision,” said Martin Eberhard, CEO and co-founder of Tesla Motors. “We did a lot of homework and found Advans are the only tires on the market that combine high-performance capability with low rolling resistance, making them a perfect pro-environment complement for our electric sports car.”
The two-seat, $100,000 Tesla Roadster, which is sold out through 2007, will accelerate 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds and top out at more than 130 mph, according to its designer.
The 2007½ model year Roadster debuted last week at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in YTC's booth. It is fitted with Advan Neova AD07 LTS radials in size 175/55R16 front and 225/45 R17 rear.
The Roadster boasts the equivalent of 135 mpg and a range of up to 250 miles on a single charge. The car's extended range is due to its state-of-the-art lithium-ion Energy Storage System, Tesla said.
“We set out to build a car with zero emissions that people would love to drive,” Mr. Eberhard said. “Each of our customers has made the decision to invest in an attractive car that uses no oil and is responsible for far fewer greenhouse gasses than the alternatives. Our early customers are pioneers, helping lay a foundation that will make electric cars possible for everyone – enabling Tesla Motors to develop future models at price points that eventually work for every budget.”
“We´re gratified that Tesla investigated an array of options and ultimately decided to collaborate with Yokohama,” said Jim MacMaster, executive vice president, YTC business division. “The all-electric Roadster is certainly in line with our corporate mandate to create a sustainable business that aspires to have zero adverse affect on the environment.”
San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla Motors was founded in July 2003 by Mr. Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning to create efficient electric cars for people who love to drive. Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and currently CEO and chief technology officer of SpaceX, is chairman of Tesla Motors. Musk has led or co-led three rounds of investment resulting in $60 million in funding.