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Tesla Model S unveiled

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The latest creation of Silicon Valley geek heads of Tesla Motors is the all electric Tesla S four door saloon, which looks like a Maserati GT from front, Jaguar XF from behind and has SLR wheels! It’s more like a super computer on wheels!It is quit a looker though…

Tesla Motors is now taking orders for the Tesla Model S, an all electric family sedan that carries seven people and travels 300 miles per charge.

The Tesla 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 Tesla Model S can accommodate a 50-inch television, mountain bike *and* surfboard simultaneously. This packaging efficiency gives the Tesla Model S more trunk space than any other sedan on the market and more than most SUVs.

“Tesla 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 Tesla Model S production in late 2011. The company believes it is close to receiving $350 million in federal loans to build the Tesla 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. Tesla Model S costs roughly $5 to drive 230 miles – a bargain even if gasoline were $1 per gallon.

The anticipated base price of the Tesla 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.

“Tesla 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 Tesla 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 Tesla 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.

With a 300-mile range and 45-minute QuickCharge, the $49,900 Tesla Model S can carry five adults and two children in quiet comfort – and you can charge it from any outlet, without ever stopping for gas. World’s first mass-produced electric vehicle offers performance, efficiency and unrivaled utility with twice the energy-efficiency of hybrids, making Tesla Model S the only car you’ll ever need.

Convenience and utility bullet points:

  • Up to 300-mile range
  • 45-minute QuickCharge
  • 5-minute battery swap
  • Charges from 110V, 220V or 440V
  • Seating for 5 adults + 2 child seats
  • Unique hatch for oversized items
  • 60/40 flat-folding rear seat
  • 2nd trunk under hood
  • EPA Roominess Index 121.6
  • More room than station wagons
  • 17-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • 3G wireless connectivity

Tesla Model S powertrain includes a liquid-cooled 9-inch motor, floor-mounted battery pack and a single-speed gearbox, delivering effortless acceleration, responsive handling and quiet simplicity – no fancy clutchwork or gear-shifting required. Tesla Model S costs as little as $4 to fully charge – a bargain even if gasoline dropped to $1 per gallon. You can have affordable fun while being socially responsible.

Technical specs:

  • 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds
  • ¼ mile in 14 seconds
  • 120 mph top speed
  • Braking 60-0 mph 135 feet
  • 42 kWh battery storage system standard
  • 70 kWh and greater battery storage systems optional
  • 9- inch liquid cooled electric motor
  • Single-speed transaxle gearbox
  • Curb Weight 3825 lbs
  • Overall Length 196″
  • Wheelbase 116.5″
  • All-wheel-drive available (option available in future production models)
  • Right hand drive available

The Tesla Model S Concept is a drivable vehicle that exemplifies Tesla’s “no compromises” philosophy – an elegantly refined luxury sedan delivering optimal performance without sacrificing efficiency. Designed by Franz von Holzhausen, the car’s aggressive stance gives way to a modern silhouette, with minimal front and rear overhangs for maximum space efficiency. The car’s mature face defines the future of the Tesla brand and incorporates the touches from the Tesla Roadster. Environmentally friendly materials are incorporated throughout, including water-based paint for the exterior, chrome-free vegetable tanned Italian leather on interior, and 100 percent recycled PET carpeting from Futuris.

Other details:

  • Panoramic roof with sliding moon roof
  • Retracting door handles for improved aerodynamics
  • Full-time 3G connectivity with Internet, HD and satellite radio
  • Push button “gear” selector
  • Brembo brakes
  • Automatic rear lift gate
  • 21-inch wheels, Front Tires 245/35ZR21, Rear Tires 285/30ZR21
  • 17-inch haptic touchscreen and customizable vehicle information display
  • Fully digital instrument cluster
  • LED and neon headlight and taillights, with xenon Hella low beams
  • Smart-key power and push button gear selector
  • Brembo brake system with new one-piece monobloc calipers and integral stiffening bridge to optimize performance
  • Front brake system:
    • Brembo Gran Turismo
    • Brembo 6-piston Monobloc Calipers
    • Brembo 405x34mm 2-Piece Floating Slotted Discs with Billet Aluminum Hats
  • Rear brake system:
    • Brembo Gran Turismo
    • Brembo 4-piston Monobloc Calipers
    • Brembo 380x28mm 2-Piece Slotted Discs with Billet Aluminum Hat
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