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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 Rott3nHIppi3 on 1/4/2011 12:54:24 PM , Rating: 1
The price tag made me chuckle! Seems like demonizing the wealthy may backfire soon since they'll be the only ones who can afford to go green! And even that might be short lived if China cuts off supplies for producing the batteries! Before you know it.. we'll all be duct-taping our Droid phones to a Red Ryder wagon to experience true green.

RE: my morning chuckle !!
By Hulk on 1/4/2011 3:17:44 PM , Rating: 1
At best this thing will do 4miles/kWHr. And that's really high as the Volt is doing about 3miles/kWHr. But let's assume 4.

300/4=75kWHr. Now's lets assume they use 80% of battery capacity is used to have at least some battery longevity. Again the Volt only usus 65% of battery capacity so I'm again cutting the S a lot of leeway here.

That's a 93.75kWHr battery! If I remember correctly the Leaf's basic (no heating/cooling) battery is 24kWHr and weighs 600lbs or 25lbs/kWHr.

The "300 mile" range S would have a battery that weighs 2,343lbs!!! That's crazy.

Again I even gave the S some leeway in these calculations.

The S will never come to market. It won't have a 300 mile range if it somehow does. And it won't cost less than $100,000 if it does. But it will never exist so we don't have to worry about the numbers.

The Tesla was a loser too. Without the government money Tesla would be out of business now. They will be soon though. And don't get me wrong, I've love for them to succeed but I'm tired of their outrageous claims that defy the laws of physics, chemistry, and economics.

The Volt is a realistic electric vehicle with a real world range of about 30 miles. Same with the Leaf with a range of about 70 miles. So Tesla is going to quadruple that range because they say they can? Ridiculous.

Sorry to bring a reality to the S.

RE: my morning chuckle !!
By Hulk on 1/4/2011 3:20:24 PM , Rating: 1
Forgot to mention 480V charging is a dream as well. A Nissan says, continued 480V quick charging will seriously degrade battery life. "Safe" charging is more like 3kW/hour. So a one hour lunch/charging stop will gain you a whopping 3 miles of range. Maybe this can be doubled but it's still a joke compared to a 5 minute fill up taking you 300+ miles.

RE: my morning chuckle !!
By NorthernYankee on 1/4/2011 5:48:08 PM , Rating: 2
Here is some info on the Battery Packs

The base model will have a range of 160 miles (260 km) when fully charged using a 42 kW·h battery pack (24 kW·h/100 mi, 108 mpgge). Larger, longer range battery pack options will be available as well; the options announced include a range of 230 miles (370 km) from a 65 kW·h pack (26 kW·h/100 mi, 100 mpgge) and a range of 300 miles (480 km) from an 85 kW·h pack (26 kW·h/100 mi, 100 mpgge).[27] The base battery pack will contain 5,000 lithium-ion cells, reported to be sourced from Panasonic, while the larger battery packs will both contain 8,000 cells and weigh approximately 1,200 pounds (540 kg). The largest pack will use the same number of cells, but each cell will have a 30% higher specific energy to enable the pack to store the additional energy.[28] A 45-minute QuickCharge of the 42 kW·h pack will be possible when a 3-phase 480 volt, 100 amp circuit is available (80 amp continuous draw from a 100 amp breaker).

RE: my morning chuckle !!
By roykahn on 1/5/2011 2:53:51 AM , Rating: 3
Seems like demonizing the wealthy may backfire soon since they'll be the only ones who can afford to go green!

I didn't realise bicycles and public transport were considered expensive.

RE: my morning chuckle !!
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 1/7/2011 10:14:49 AM , Rating: 2
Clearly.... you don't live in the middle of bumF*** with a 40-50 mile drive to work and where there's a longer winter season than summer. Good luck with that Bicycle!!

Fuel Efficient/Hybrid/Electric vehicles appeal to "long distance" drivers because of fuel economy. And the reason they're long distance drivers is because they can't afford or simply prefer not to live in the city where Public Transit becomes an option.

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