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Cheapest Tesla Model S won't be available until Winter 2012

Tesla Motors has been teasing its gorgeous Model S electric sedan for well over two years now. Now the company has confirmed the official pricing for the vehicle, and is holding firm on the $49,990 price of entry after $7,500 federal tax credit.
As it stands now, here's how the four Model S variants will stack up (compared based on their battery capacity). All price listed include the tax credit:
(40 kWh)
$49,900, 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, 110 mph top speed, 160-mile range
(60 kWh)
$59,900, 0-60 in 5.9 seconds, 120 mph top speed, 230-mile range
(80 kWh)
$69,900, 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, 125 mph top speed, 300-mile range
(85 kWh Performance)
$79,900, 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, 130 mph top speed, 300-mile range
All Model S sedans come standard with a 17" touchscreen, 19" wheels, and seating for up to seven passengers. Yes, you read that correctly; the Model S has seating for seven courtesy of two [optional] rear-facing jump seats in the rear cargo area.


Tesla Model S

Tesla's ordering page also lists all of the available options for the Model S including a $1,500 panoramic roof, $3,750 tech package, $1,500 active air suspension, and $1,500 rear-facing seat option.
The two 85 kWh variants will be made available in Summer 2012, the 60 kWh arrives in the Fall 2012, and the entry-level 40 kWh variant won't be available in the U.S. until Winter 2012 if all goes as scheduled. 

Tesla Model S jumpseats [Source: Autoblog]

Sources: Tesla Mors [Press Release], Tesla Motors [Pricing and Options]

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RE: Please....
By Shig on 12/20/2011 11:11:38 PM , Rating: 0
Rich people usually don't have a problem getting their due tax credits.

Certain states will get well more than 7,500$ back too.

You left out a few thousand tax laws.

RE: Please....
By Samus on 12/20/2011 11:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
I know what you mean, because if Obama isn't re-elected, I'm sure the first thing a fiscally conservative president is going to do is ban-hammer that ridiculous tax credit.

But at the same time, most vehicles (and electronics; televisions, phones, bluray players, etc) are usually listed after "rebates" or "credits". They could be instant rebates, mail in rebates, trade-ins, buyer credit incentives, various payment plans...the list goes on. Nobody advertises things at the MSRP anymore.

Anybody who can afford these luxury car-class vehicles doesn't need $7500 out of 'our' pockets. The car is reasonably priced without tax-payer support for the market it is targetting.

RE: Please....
By Spuke on 12/21/2011 12:18:20 AM , Rating: 4
The car is reasonably priced without tax-payer support for the market it is targeting.
I agree.

RE: Please....
By The Raven on 12/22/2011 7:09:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah the subsidy is rediculously unneccesary. And before anyone wants to tell me how great it is that the gov't supports this and "the environment," etc. blah blah blah...they best consider that this money going to very well off people is not going to any starving kids, soldiers fighting for our freedom, or anything else that you might deem more worthy (like CFLs).

It would be nice to have my own money to invest than having to rely on the gov't to decide what charities I will be supporting. And how heroic are these politicians who are so gernerous with other people's money?

RE: Please....
By YashBudini on 12/22/2011 9:53:12 PM , Rating: 2
I agree.

The tax credit should apply only when the price is really out of whack with the market price. As noted here it is not.

Politicians are the worst economists, perhaps we need to examine the credentials of their advisers. Anybody have a colon-scope handy?

RE: Please....
By jimbojimbo on 12/21/2011 9:50:53 AM , Rating: 3
The main HUGE difference between those rebates and this tax break is the rebates are paid by those companies directly involved but the tax breaks are paid by all of us. If Tesla was going to give away $7500 per car hell yeah they could say they're selling for $50k but they're not. It's coming out of our pockets.

RE: Please....
By superstition on 12/24/2011 12:16:43 AM , Rating: 2
The Bush administration had a tax loophole that allowed businesses to write off Hummers. That same "loophole" didn't cover small efficient vehicles.

"Conservatives" love tax loopholes, too.

The Bush administration exempted power plants from "tough new mercury air pollution regulation". Power plants are the largest emitters of mercury.

RE: Please....
By superstition on 12/24/2011 12:19:07 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, and exempting power plants from mercury pollution regulation (the installation of mercury traps) makes electric vehicles and plug-in vehicles particularly polluting.

One analysis I read recently said coal vehicle power is dirtier than modern petroleum-based power trains.

RE: Please....
By YashBudini on 12/22/2011 9:57:04 PM , Rating: 2
Rich people usually don't have a problem getting their due tax credits.

Well that's why the Tax Foundation only talks about the tax rate of the AGI amounts, never counting such tax credits or even Schedule A. Why is that? Take a look at the board of the Tax Foundation and formulate your own answer.

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