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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 Pneumothorax on 1/4/2011 1:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
That 45 minute recharge rate will need more amps than the 200 amps that the ENTIRE standard power line your house in USA can provide. The leaf's fast charge rate requires 400+ volts even. Check your circuit breaker, I'd be surprised to find a 400+ volt circuit.

RE: my morning chuckle !!
By MindParadox on 1/4/2011 1:58:38 PM , Rating: 2
well, if im out and about driving, i wont be hooking this to a house firstly

but i get what yer sayin :)

RE: my morning chuckle !!
By bah12 on 1/4/2011 3:55:32 PM , Rating: 1
Check your circuit breaker, I'd be surprised to find a 400+ volt circuit
You'd be hard pressed to find any "volt" circuit breaker since breakers are measured in amps not volts. But you are correct that most homes don't have the 480V supply needed.

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