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The Model S' huge LCD mounted in the dash.  (Source: Gizmodo)

  (Source: Gizmodo)
Not available for delivery until 2011

Pioneering electric car company Tesla Motors has unveiled its new Model S electric sports sedan. It will have a range of up to 300 miles (482 km), and be able to go from 0-60 MPH in 5.5 seconds according to Jalopnik. It will also be able to seat seven passengers, through the use of flip-up seats stored in the trunk. The rear-facing seats, however, are only suitable for small children.
 
A regular charge will take four hours to complete, but there is a 45 minute fast charge option to provide enough power for a quick jaunt. Tesla expects the batteries to last between seven and ten years based on regular usage models.

According to Autoblog Green, the battery pack for the Model S weighs in at a whopping 1,200 pounds. Total vehicle weight, however, is just over 4,000 pounds.

One of the more interesting features of the Model S is its gigantic touch screen display which takes up most of the center dash/console area. According to Gizmodo, the Model S has an “always on” 3G connection which delivers streaming content to the LCD screen.

The Model S will enter production in the third quarter of 2011, with a targeted ramp up to a production rate of 20,000 sedans per year in the middle of 2012. It will carry a base price of $57,400, but that will drop down to $49,900 after a federal tax credit of $7,500.

The launch event showed a prototype using a single speed transmission to reduce complexity, but an all-wheel drive variant is planned. The drivetrain will be produced at its new San Jose facility.

Maintenance costs will be much less than other cars in the same price category, as there are no oil changes required, and the regenerative braking system means much less wear and tear. The biggest savings will be in fuel costs, regardless of its current price at the pump.

Tesla plans to use profits and experience generated from the Model S to develop a second, more affordable family sedan for the mass market. It will complement its Roadster sports car and provide more options to its potential customers.

The firm recently delivered its 250th Tesla Roadster to a customer in California. Production of the Roadster is currently at 20 cars per week, but will steadily increase to 30 per week this summer. There is currently a backlog of over 1,000 customers awaiting delivery of a Roadster.



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Steady growth
By chmilz on 3/26/2009 6:49:52 PM , Rating: 4
Tesla is slowly building a worthy car empire, using high-priced luxury models to steadily fine-tune their tech and bring costs down, until they can launch affordable cars to the masses. Apparently the economic downturn hurts the bloated incumbent car manufacturers more than the new generation.

Kudos, Tesla!




RE: Steady growth
By Spuke on 3/26/2009 7:00:58 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, are you planning on buying one of their cheaper models once they're released?


RE: Steady growth
By MrPoletski on 3/27/2009 5:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
this car comes out in 2011, by that time I'd probably be in the market for one. This one looks nice, might go for it.


RE: Steady growth
By Spuke on 3/27/2009 11:58:51 AM , Rating: 2
Cool but the OP never stated he would buy one. I love how some people "support" a product they never intend on buying. That's the reason sub compacts aren't popular in the US even though, if you read DT, there's a "huge" demand for them. No one here would buy it even if it was for sale. Car companies can only make money off of a sale. If one truly wants to support Tesla, buy their product. Cheerleading doesn't do sh!t.


RE: Steady growth
By Pirks on 3/26/2009 9:13:24 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Tesla is slowly building a worthy car empire, using high-priced luxury models to steadily fine-tune their tech and bring costs down, until they can launch affordable cars to the masses.
Reminds me of a well known Californian company that designs and sells computers, smartphones and pocket media players. Same strategy - start with luxury items and use profits to introduce cheaper mainstream versions later. Elon Musk is a smart @ss I see. I start to really respect the guy.


RE: Steady growth
By TMV192 on 3/26/2009 9:30:43 PM , Rating: 4
He's the kind of entrepreneur this country needs; SpaceX, Tesla Motors, and SolarCity, are all relatively small companies trying to outdo their large and powerful competitors with new innovation, and he is very wise to invest in them


RE: Steady growth
By Pirks on 3/26/09, Rating: 0
RE: Steady growth
By LRonaldHubbs on 3/27/2009 11:34:59 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Steady growth
By kkwst2 on 3/26/2009 10:19:16 PM , Rating: 3
The praise seems a little premature. Their track record has not been incredible for releasing cars as promised. I thought they were still way behind schedule on the roadster and raised the price on some who had pre-ordered.

It's certainly not close to an empire. Do they show some promise? Probably. If they can release this car close to the specs and price claimed, they should sell pretty well. I would consider getting one, especially with the tax credit.


RE: Steady growth
By Spuke on 3/27/2009 12:10:03 AM , Rating: 2
I don't see how a 2 year old car company with ONE product that's trickling product out to its customers is anywhere near an empire. LOL!


RE: Steady growth
By CommodoreVic20 on 3/27/2009 12:20:07 PM , Rating: 2
I Agree.

This car is INCREDIBLE! Come on people, 300 miles on a single charge for a 7 passenger car, full recharge in 45 minutes, 0-60 in less than 6 seconds! HELLO!? That is incredible, the big three have been unable to do that. The huge dash LCD with the 3G connection is light years ahead of anyone else. The design is beautiful. I think the overall value beats the crap out of mid luxury cars its competing against, heck even most high luxury cars. Finally AMERICAN design and built cars that begin to compete and beat European ones on ALL FRONTS!

KUDOS TELSA!


RE: Steady growth
By Spuke on 3/28/2009 4:18:02 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Come on people, 300 miles on a single charge for a 7 passenger car, full recharge in 45 minutes
HELLO!! You need a 480V outlet to get a full charge in 45 minutes AND the base cars range is 160 miles, the 300 mile car supposedly comes later at who knows how much.


RE: Steady growth
By akosixiv on 3/28/2009 7:28:34 PM , Rating: 2
by the time they fully implement this in the future, there would be charging stations inside parking garages.

Its not really a total solution, rather just a release in hopes they can sell and move the market more in favor of EV's.


RE: Steady growth
By Spuke on 3/28/2009 11:25:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
by the time they fully implement this in the future, there would be charging stations inside parking garages.
So there's going to be charging stations in parking garages by next year?


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