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Tesla Model S instrument cluster and center console (touch screen) display

Tesla Model S
Tesla breaks out the big guns when it comes to display technology in its new Model S electric sedan

It's been nearly two years since Tesla Motors took the wraps off its Model S electric sedan. The Model S represents the second vehicle to join automaker's fleet after the Tesla Roadster/Roadster Sport. Whereas the Roadster is high-performance two-seater with little real-world usability, the Model S features five seats and a trunk for stowing your luggage.

Today, we're getting a bit more info on the huge LCD display that we first saw (in rough form) on the vehicle when it was announced. We now know that the center dash is taken up by a huge 17" touchscreen -- the largest ever installed into a production automobile. The display, which is powered by a single NVIDIA Tegra processor, provides full 3D graphics for the driver/passengers. The Tegra processor also controls the infotainment systems and the navigation system.

In addition to the massive center display, a traditional gauge cluster is replaced by a large 12.3" LCD display that also will provide 3D graphics.

"Model S is designed for performance-oriented efficiency. NVIDIA allows us to use the highest graphics with the lowest energy use," said Tesla Motors CTO JB Straubel.

NVIDIA senior vice president Dan Vivoli continued, "The Model S is a modern marvel -- a blend of beauty, performance and efficiency. Tegra's combination of graphics power and energy efficiency make it a perfect match for the Model S."

The Model S will carry a base price of $57,400 (before $7,500 tax credit) and features a battery pack that weighs 1,200 pounds. Despite a total curb weight of 4,000 pounds, the Model S can dart to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and has a driving range of “up to” 300 miles.

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RE: my morning chuckle !!
By kattanna on 1/4/2011 12:20:59 PM , Rating: 3
and at 250 miles your pretty much at the limit of their purported 300 mile range. which im sure doesnt include running the heater or AC. and if you do come up short, its not like you will be able to call AAA to come out and give you some gas to make it.

there is simply going to be a lot of hassles involved with EV's that i think some people arent fully taking into account.

and when they do resolve the limited range and long recharge times, i will be first in line to get one because i really do believe they are "the future" of transportation, but they just are not there yet, like some do think.

RE: my morning chuckle !!
By lelias2k on 1/4/2011 3:08:38 PM , Rating: 1
Just like computers were not there yet in the 70s?

We always need to start somewhere.

A decade ago we'd never heard of a great looking, 5-passenger, all-electric vehicle with such range. Look how far we've come already. :)

By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 1/5/2011 7:16:08 AM , Rating: 2
Vaporware is vaporware. So a non-existent car is going to come with non-existent energy hungry displays. And go how far on a charge? Pie in the freakin' sky. You can mark my words. If this car is ever released, and it has even half the puffed capability, I will apologize profusely. There hasn't been an energy revolution yet, so this is a non-starter.

RE: my morning chuckle !!
By PrinceGaz on 1/5/2011 12:20:45 PM , Rating: 2
The sensible solution with an all electric car is to keep a petrol-powered generator in the boot so you can pull over for a couple of hours to give it a bit extra charge, and presumably watch a movie on that 17" screen whilst waiting.

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