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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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It makes me sad...
By axeman1957 on 12/21/2011 10:57:00 AM , Rating: 2
... That Tesla is having such a hard time getting this off the ground.

Just look at the Leaf, with an MSRP (after credits) of $35K, people are buying that, and I personaly wouldn't be able to make it through a typical day on a 40 mile range, and no cargo space.

This thing seats up to 7 people, or just has room for going shopping, and has a minimum range that will get anyone through the day (not counting road trips and people who drive for a living)

RE: It makes me sad...
By Spuke on 12/21/2011 2:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
That Tesla is having such a hard time getting this off the ground.
It's not for sale yet.

RE: It makes me sad...
By Keeir on 12/21/2011 2:55:58 PM , Rating: 2
So painful.

What you just said is equal to

What is BMW doing with it's 5 Series? I can get a decent Civic for 20k!

The base Model S has a 160 miles range. More than twice the range of the Leaf.

The base Model S can get up to 66 cubic feet of storage space thanks to foldable seats and a 8.1 cubic foot compartment under the hood. Normally, the "trunk" area + the hood area is ~36 cubic feet. Yes the base model S takes 5 passengers AND 36.8 cubic feet of stuff (the Leaf is ~15 cubic feet)

Lastly, the Leaf has a maximum charge rate of ~20 miles per hour (73/3.5). The base model S will charge up to ~30 miles per hour or with a 1,500 power station up to ~60.

The Model S is faster, larger, more efficient, has longer range, carries more stuff, carries more people, has more technology, charges faster, is better looking, etc, etc, etc (Oh and throw in a better battery warranty).

Its twice the price, but its very nearly twice the car.

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