Telsa Unveils Model S Highway Capable EV

Telsa Motors just announced that they are now taking orders for their new model, the Model S. This model is a series of all electric sedans that have a range of up to 300 miles on a full charge and can seat up to seven people.

Model S

Tesla’s new Model S is different from their well-know roadster in that it is a sedan and a much more practical car for daily use. The main differences are the body style and interior, its performance and the
price.

Body Style and Interior

The body style is a sleek and stylish body that is comparable to a car like the BMW 5 series.  The interior is roomy as it holds a total of 5 adults comfortable along with 2 child seats.  It actually has more trunk room than a traditional station wagon.  It even has a trunk under the hood to provide more storage space.  I actually think this vehicle looks better than the Roadster and many comparable cars on the market today.

Tesla Model S

Battery

The Model S will come with one of three battery options, a 160, 230 and 300 mile range.  The batteries can be charge to full power in just around 4 hours and has a 45-minute quick charge option.  It can be charge from just about any outlet type including a 120, 240 or 480 volt.  The battery pack lifespan is expected to last approximately 7-10 years.

Price

Price is a huge factor as to why this vehicle may become extremely popular and make Tesla a much more prevalent automaker in America.  The starting price for the Model S is at $57,400.  It has the maximum tax credit for any vehicle at $7,500, reducing the car to a cost of just under $50k.  Those prices are comparable to similar luxury cars like Audi’s or BMW, but is fully electric and has much lower maintainence costs over the lifetime of the vehicle.

Performance

It’s not as fast as the Roadster, but it still has a 0-6 in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 120 miles per hour.  Unlike gas cars, it only has two gears, drive and reverse.  The ride in Tesla’s vehicles are much smoother as shifting is not required.

Overall, the new Model S seems like a viable option for people across the nation.  If you are going to spend $50k on a luxury vehicle, why not get one that is fully electric.  It will be available in late 2011 and you can reserve yours today.  Let’s hope the efforts of Aptera and Tesla make a huge impact on the America auto-making industry.

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  1. I have been following this. They actually had a thing on 60 Minutes a while ago about Tesla. The owner is billionare who made his loot from PayPal. Glad to see they FINALLY released their first mainstream vehicle!

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