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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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By PresidentThomasJefferson on 3/26/2009 7:20:01 PM , Rating: 0
the Tesla in Cali is nice ( www.teslamotorcars.com ) as is the new Prius but Tesla costs $100,000 (too bad they had trouble getting venture capital funding because the venture funds were too busy buying real estate/derivatives/gambling on Wall St) but China's gov is spending $147 BILLION dollars on alternative energy funding/research/development, employing 30,000+ scientists/engineers (and already spent $1.7 billion on alternative energy -and it PAID OFF with BYD's breakthru lithium iron-phosphate plug-in electric hybrid (62 mile all-electric only mode & 267 mile with gasoline engine kicking in) below ALREADY ON SALE & IN PRODUCTION SINCE DEC 2008 for $22,0000 (beating the Chevy Volt by 1 yr & half the price) & the all electric 186-mile MPV/SUV version is being introduced this year.. coming to the Europe in 2010 & U.S. in 2011 :

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/08/byd-china-... plug-in-hybrids-israel-2009.php

BYD F6DM Technical Specifications
What we know so far about the F6DM plug-in hybrid:
"Top speed of 100 mph (160 kph), with a range of 62 miles (100 km) in all-electric mode and 267 miles (430 km) total after the gas engine kicks in.


[ALREADY IN PRODUCTION & ON SALE SINCE DEC 2008]

A fully electric version called the F6E [with a 186 mile-all-electric-range] MPV/SUV is planned for 2009. [...] the lithium iron phosphate battery is said to be safer, less expensive, without heavy metals, completely recyclable and should be rechargeable to 70% in 10-minute at special charging stations. It can also be recharged more slowly with at home plugge in[7 to 8 hours]."

BYD E6 Technical Specifications
What we know so far about the BYD E6 electric car (SUV/MPV (multipurpose vehicle):

"A 5 seater with an acceleration of 0 to 100 kph of around 10 seconds. Top speed should be top speed of 160 kph (100 mph), and the battery pack, which is located under the rear passenger seats, will be based on BYD's own lithium-ion iron phosphate technology. Range per charge is expected to be 300 km (186 miles).

But most impressive of all:

"BYD projected the battery had a life of 2,000 cycles, for a lifetime range of about 600,000 km (373,000 miles)"

Charging of the battery will take the night with 220V, but the E6 electric car can also take a fast charge that can bring the battery to 80% SOC in about 15 minutes."

If China's gov can massively fund their alt energy efforts with their partially state-owned car/battery makers & succeed, why can't the US? Are we better or are they just that much better?

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P.S. BYD is the world's largest maker of cellphone batteries & 2nd largest maker of rechargeable batteries in the world (after Sanyo). BYD's CEO/founder is former University professor of chemical engineering/metallurgy




By GaryJohnson on 3/26/2009 7:29:12 PM , Rating: 5
This is not your blog.


By PresidentThomasJefferson on 3/26/2009 8:44:36 PM , Rating: 1
LOL, the BYD news was actually from DAILYTECH ITSELF (that's how I found out about it) & the link about BYD's car/auto was made by DailyTech (I just reposted it).. duh!


By borismkv on 3/27/2009 1:41:25 AM , Rating: 1
There's an awful lot you can do when you take away all those pesky personal freedoms and stuff.


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