The hubby and I are tooling around the wilds of West Texas, so the auto shown below probably wouldn't be our best vehicular choice.
But c'mon! Doesn't this Tesla Roadster look great? You can drool over more images here.
Actually, now that I think about it, this car might be a good fit for long-distance driving, especially if you're looking for a vehicle that doesn't spit out noxious emissions. The Tesla Roadster is electric.
It uses 6,831 lithium-ion batteries similar to the one in your laptop, along with a patented electric-motor system and a sophisticated package of controllers and software. The company says it can cover up to 245 miles on a single charge.
And true to its sports car design, it goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds.
There's just one little drawback. The sticker price is $98,000.
If I start saving now, maybe by the time Tesla Motors puts the Roadster on actual roads next year, I'll have enough for a decent down payment!
Alternative alternative-fuel vehicles: Perhaps I should concentrate on a hybrid as my choice for a environmentally friendly vehicle. Plus, if I pick the right model, I can get a decent tax break to boot.
Purchase of a Toyota or Lexus hybrid won't do me or any other buyer any tax good now, but all other IRS-approved hybrids still can net some tax savings.
Honda will be the next automaker to see its tax credits reduced. As of June 30, the company had sold 58,872 qualifying hybrid vehicles. When the IRS gets official word that 1,128 more are driven off Honda lots, then its tax credits start phasing out, too,
Check out this IRS Web page for the latest info on which vehicles qualify and at what tax credit levels.