Is this the only Tesla Roadster in the Baltimore area?

  • John Skouge, a skin cancer surgeon, poses with his Tesla roadster in a Starbucks parking lot in Timonium.
John Skouge, a skin cancer surgeon, poses with his Tesla roadster… (Gus G. Setementes )
May 25, 2012|Gus G. Sentementes

I had just finished picking up my grande skim latte at a Starbucks in Timonium, and I was walking to my car, when I spotted THIS gorgeous car in the parking lot.

No, it's not a Lamborghini (I saw one in the heart of Baltimore last week, btw), nor a Ferrari. Or a Maserati.

In my view, it's even more head-turning, because it's a sports car AND it's all electric. Yes, you know it: The Tesla Roadster.

I pounced on the owner just as he got into the car. His name? John Skouge. He's a skin cancer surgeon in private practice. And he's owned the car for two years. (It's currently sold out in North America, according to the company website.)

He said the car runs great and costs him about $30 a month in electricity. He charges it everyday. The car could go up to 300 miles on a single charge, the website states.

It's speed? John told me it can go 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. He's a happy owner, and he didn't mind me taking pictures of his baby.

As I peeked inside the roadster, I asked him: "Could you start it for me?"

"It's already on, actually," John said. "It's totally silent."

I guess that's the one thing that still creeps me out about these electric cars. They're so darn quiet. We're trained to imagine our sports cars emitting these loud roars as you depress the pedal.

But John said it's just a whole lot of quiet -- and lots of smooth power. No delay as you hit the "gas", so to speak.

Price starts at $49,900 for the Model X (the Roadster.) There's also a Model S (a four-door sedan) that's already pre-sold out of stock. Not sure what the price is on that one.

For your background, Tesla is a publicly traded Silicon Valley based company that started developing electric vehicles in 2003. One of its founders is Elon Musk, inventor and engineer, who is also involved in a space-travel privatization effort called SpaceX. Pretty busy, innovative guy.

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