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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 ipay on 3/28/2009 8:51:45 AM , Rating: 2
I understand the need for a car which can travel a long time without refueling (or a fast one, like everyday car).
Clearly, it will be a long road till the pure EV can fill your needs in that department.

And i will gladly welcome a car like Volt, that can smooth the transition between this different technologies.
Gas will still be with us for some time, and having a car that can work with 2 power sources have some advantages.
For example, if the electrical power is cut one night, precisly when the car was supposed to recharged... well, start thinking in good way to explaine your boss how come your 57,400 dollar car would not start in the morning.

Still, for a person that works 5 days a week, and have less than a month of vacation in a year, and work in a relative near location, this "model S", besides behing, in paper, a beautiful car, it will provide enough autonomy.
And there are no law that prohibits you from buying another car (which can, perfectly be, a big SUV, providing you have enough money for all this extravaganza).

If you think this car is not good for you, than it probably isn't.
For me, and i imagine i'm not alone, although the price is still prohibitive, it's just what i need.


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