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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: Volt who?
By Keeir on 3/27/2009 1:30:04 PM , Rating: 1
Here, let me return the favour

160 mile -BEST- range will cause alot of anxiety. With a 160 mile -BEST- range, you really can't count on more than 100 miles (Driving varience, Heating, Airconditing, Radio, Rain, Using Headlamps etc all play a role in reducing a -best- range). If your stuck with 50 miles to get to work and back, that leaves 50 mile maximum for the rest of the day. I know I personally have driven up to 200 miles on a day when I expected at the start to drive 40, and I would have been pissed as all hell that my car wasn't capable of doing the 200 miles.

The Telsa people understand range anxiety is the number one reason why electric cars have failed, even though 90%+ of American drive less than 75 miles 95%+ of the time.


RE: Volt who?
By kmmatney on 3/27/2009 3:06:51 PM , Rating: 2
Completely agree - the volt can use Gas as a "battery" when needed, you can actually use it to go places if you don't have an outlet to plug into. This car is relegated to driving back and forth to work and running errands. That's a steep price to pay for that. Until like get electric "refill" stations around, just car is not going to be practical to a lot of people. As you sy, 95% of the time, I only drive 20-30 miles a day, but I still have that 5% where I drive more, and I need a car I can depend on for real life situations.


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