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Tesla Model S : 2009

Up to 300-mile range and 45-minute QuickCharge capability.
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$49,900 n/a n/a 2009
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March 26, 2009.
Tesla Motors is now taking orders for the Model S, an all electric family sedan that carries seven people and travels 300 miles per charge.


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The Model S, which carries its charger onboard, can be recharged from any 120V, 240V or 480V outlet, with the latter taking only 45 minutes. By recharging their car while they stop for a meal, drivers can go from LA to New York in approximately the same time as a gasoline car. Moreover, the floor-mounted battery pack is designed to be changed out in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank, allowing for the possibility of battery-pack swap stations.

The floor-mounted powertrain also results in unparalleled cargo room and versatility, as the volume under the front hood becomes a second trunk. Combining that with a four-bar linkage hatchback rear trunk and flat folding rear seats, the Model S can accommodate a 50-inch television, mountain bike *and* surfboard simultaneously. This packaging efficiency gives the Model S more trunk space than any other sedan on the market and more than most SUVs.

“Model S doesn’t compromise on performance, efficiency or utility -- it’s truly the only car you need,” said Tesla CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. “Tesla is relentlessly driving down the cost of electric vehicle technology, and this is just the first of many mainstream cars we’re developing.”

Tesla expects to start Model S production in late 2011. The company believes it is close to receiving $350 million in federal loans to build the Model S assembly plant in California from the Dept of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program.

Building on Proven Technology.
Tesla is the only production automaker already selling highway-capable EVs in North America or Europe. With 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the Roadster outperforms almost all sports cars in its class yet is six times as energy efficient as gas guzzlers and delivers 244 miles per charge. Tesla has delivered nearly 300 Roadsters, and nearly 1,000 more customers are on the wait list.

Teslas do not require routine oil changes, and they have far fewer moving (and breakable) parts than internal combustion engine vehicles. They qualify for federal and state tax credits, rebates, sales tax exemptions, free parking, commuter-lane passes and other perks. Model S costs roughly $5 to drive 230 miles – a bargain even if gasoline were $1 per gallon.

The anticipated base price of the Model S is $49,900 after a federal tax credit of $7,500. The company has not released options pricing. Three battery pack choices will offer a range of 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge.

“Model S costs half as much as a Roadster, and it’s a better value than much cheaper cars,” Musk said. “The ownership cost of Model S, if you were to lease and then account for the much lower cost of electricity vs. gasoline at a likely future cost of $4 per gallon, is similar to a gasoline car with a sticker price of about $35,000. I’m positive this car will be the preferred choice of savvy consumers.”

The standard Model S does 0-60 mph in under six seconds and will have an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph, with sport versions expected to achieve 0-60 mph acceleration well below five seconds. A single-speed gearbox delivers effortless acceleration and responsive handling. A 17-inch touchscreen with in-car 3G connectivity allows passengers to listen to Pandora Radio or consult Google Maps, or check their state of charge remotely from their iPhone or laptop.

Tesla is taking reservations online and at showrooms in California. Tesla will open a store in Chicago this spring and plans to open stores in London, New York, Miami, Seattle, Washington DC and Munich later this year.

(source: Tesla)


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Exotic sports cars2923 days ago

I think Tesla Motors is known for it's novelty brand cars and comfortable products for it's customers. And i heard about this company in news that, The Sunnyvale store will be on El Camino Real, across the street from Price's Toyota of Sunnyvale.Rival Silicon Valley-based electric car maker Tesla Motors has a showroom on El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Tesla's first, and flagship, store is located in Westwood.
==> David

marro22922 days ago

"I think Tesla Motors is known for it's novelty brand cars and comfortable products for it's customers."

-Sorry, but you don't know what you're talking about.

Anyway, this thing looks good! It seems kind of Aston Martin/Jaguar-ish infused with some Italian sexiness. And its relatively cheap. Bravo, Tesla.

On Top Gear they tested a Tesla Roadster and made it look like shit. This really pissed me off because I think this i one of the most drool-worthy cars that has ever been produced.

Clarkson really flogged the crap out of on their track and ended up only getting about 50 miles out of the charge. And another one shut down because its batteries were over-heating. He then mocked it for its apparently poor durability, and then Top Gear started praising hydrogen cars as the future. (I think we know what the BBC has its money invested in).

Give me a break! The Roadster is obviously not meant for the track. I'm sure it would be 99% reliable under normal and/or spirited driving conditions. And as for the future, give me a Tesla that does 0-60 in 4.0 sec, gets 400 MPC (mile per charge), and it has a small back-up engine for the electric motor that runs on fuel produced by compost-eating, gas-pooping bacteria.

marro22922 days ago

And I don't know how to block quote...

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The big Model S tech news is the advanced battery that improves both power output and range. "Obviously we have to work within the noise, vibration and harshness parameters of a luxury sedan.

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