Tesla Motors has taken a huge step closer to reaching the top of the gigantic mountain that is building an electric car in America. The Tesla Roadster has emerged victorious after undergoing dozens of federally mandated tests, including the crash and safety tests that are required for automobiles. Big Oil execs certainly aren’t shaking in their Egyptian cotton undies quite yet, but production of the Tesla Roadster will mark a big victory for alternative-energy autos here in the US. The electric beauty is six times more efficient than a standard sports car and produces 90 percent less pollution. Tesla’s reusable battery takes about 3.5 hours to charge and gives the Roadster a range of approximately 220 miles on a single charge. With a shelf-life of about 100,000 miles, Tesla’s battery technology represents huge steps in the auto industry as we all know. With a hefty price tag up over $100K however, the type of buyer who can afford this sporty car is going to be looking for performance that an electric could never deliver, right? In terms of acceleration, the Tesla Roadster trumps the $180K Lamborghini Gallardo and even creeps up on the $315K+ Murcielago, which by the way touts a horrific fuel economy of 9 mpg. Under four seconds from 0-60; not too shabby for a green-friendly electric sportster. Of course in the grand scheme of things, we’d like to see some more accessible options out of the Silicon Valley automaker, but the Roadster looks to be right on schedule to go into production on March 17th as promised. Fingers crossed, a few successful runs of the Roadster should help Tesla step up the pace on some lower-end models.