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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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RE: Great use of tax dollars
By kkwst2 on 3/26/2009 10:11:42 PM , Rating: 5
Few things are groundbreaking by your definition. It's evolutionary. The transition to electric cars is as much about providing incentives for people to try them as it is developing groundbreaking technology.

Tesla is making the electric car sexy and encouraging early adopters. If they can really pull this off, they've already gone from a $100k+ car to a $60k car in a few years. That sounds like "developing technology that is needed for cheaper cars." The people buying this car already pay a ton in taxes. The tax break isn't a ton more than the sales tax on the car. It's not always about who NEEDS a tax break, but getting people who have money to spend it where you need/want them to spend it. Your kind of thinking is pretty short-sighted in my book.

I agree that it may not be the most efficient way of encouraging adoption. The most efficient way would be to tax the hell out of gas until it hurts enough that people start to adopt cars like this. But I'll bet you won't like that idea either.


RE: Great use of tax dollars
By Spuke on 3/27/2009 12:26:20 AM , Rating: 2
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The most efficient way would be to tax the hell out of gas until it hurts enough that people start to adopt cars like this. But I'll bet you won't like that idea either.
The only problem with that method is that only the middle class and poor would be affected. Everyone else would continue business as usual. Maybe the upper middle class and lower rich would buy cheaper cars but that's about it. Sales tax revenues and registration fees would decrease so you would need that initial tax to be REALLY high to make up for the loss of revenue from a huge chunk of people not buying new cars or buying used cheaper cars. As much money as some state governments spend, that just won't work.

Look at the present economy. Car sales are in the crapper because some people can't get loans, some people have lost their jobs, and the rest are just plain scared.

Before the economy took a crap, CA was considering raising sales and gas taxes to make up for the loss of revenue from people not buying new cars because of the high gas prices. They ended up raising the sales tax anyways for different reasons (grrrr).


RE: Great use of tax dollars
By shin0bi272 on 3/27/2009 8:29:26 AM , Rating: 4
No theres another problem with that method... it unduly taxes the american public (rich and poor) for the purposes of furthering a political agenda and is unconstitutional.


RE: Great use of tax dollars
By Spuke on 3/27/2009 11:44:11 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
t unduly taxes the american public (rich and poor) for the purposes of furthering a political agenda and is unconstitutional.
Sure enough and I didn't know that was unconstitutional. Might explain why it's never been done.


RE: Great use of tax dollars
By shin0bi272 on 3/28/2009 1:24:13 PM , Rating: 2
unconstitutional just means that its not in the constitution. Article 1 Section 8 defines what the federal government is allowed to spend its money on... theres nothing in it about giving tax subsidies to people to purchase one car over another.


RE: Great use of tax dollars
By Spuke on 3/28/2009 4:15:14 PM , Rating: 2
The thing about the Constitution is that if something is not specified then it's unconstitutional. Meaning you're not allowed to do it. Hence, unconstitutional.


RE: Great use of tax dollars
By callmeroy on 3/30/2009 9:58:41 AM , Rating: 2
That's one of the most rediculous statements I've read in a week....but whatever.


RE: Great use of tax dollars
By Chernobyl68 on 3/27/2009 12:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair, they've been considering raising it for a while - the gax tax has not kept up with the maintenantce needs of the state highways, with the rising cost of labor and materials.


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