The S model, which carries the battery charger on board can be charged from any 120V, 240V or 480V outlet again, the latter in only 45 minutes. By charging their car while they stop for a meal, the driver can go from LA to New York in about the same time as a gasoline car. In addition, the soil attached battery is designed to be changed in less time than it is to fill a gas tank, so that the possibility of battery pack swap stations instead.
The floor-mounted drive train also results in unparalleled cargo space and versatility, as the volume under the front hood, a second trunk. The combination with a four-bar hatchback trunk and flat folding rear seats, the Model S, a 50-inch TV, mountain bike * and * recording a surfboard. This packaging efficiency gives the S model more luggage space than any other sedan on the market and more than most SUVs.
“Non-S model of performance, efficiency or utility model compromise – it is really the only car you need,” said Tesla CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. “Tesla is to relentlessly reduce the cost of electric vehicle technology, and this is just the first of many mainstream cars we develop.”
Tesla Model S expects to begin production in late 2011. The company believes it is close to receive $ 350,000,000 in bonds of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Model S assembly plant built in California by the Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing Technology Program.
Tesla is currently the only manufacturer already sells highway-capable EVs in North America or Europe. With 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the Roadster offers almost all sports cars in its class is still six times as energy efficient as gas-guzzlers and delivers 244 miles per charge. Tesla has delivered nearly 300 Roadster, and almost 1,000 more clients on the waiting list.
Tesla not need regular oil changes, and they have moved much less (and breakable) parts, as vehicles with internal combustion engine. You qualify for the federal government and tax credits, rebates, sales tax exemptions, free parking, subway passes and other perks. S model costs approximately $ 5 to drive 230 miles – a bargain, even if gasoline $ 1 a gallon.
The expected base price of the Model S is $ 49,900 for a federal tax credit of $ 7,500. The Company has not released pricing option. Three battery selection offers a range of 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge.
“Model S costs half as much as a roadster, and it is a much better value than cheaper cars,” said Musk. “The ownership costs for model S, when to lease it and then make the much lower cost of electricity vs. gasoline at an estimated cost of $ 4 per gallon have been, is similar to a gasoline car with a sticker price of about $ 35,000 . I’m sure this car will be the preferred choice of savvy consumers. ”
The standard model S does 0-60 mph in under six seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 130 km / h, to achieve much with sports versions expected acceleration 0-60 mph under 5 seconds. A single-speed transmission delivers effortless acceleration and handling. A 17-inch touch screen allows in-car 3G connectivity to passengers, listening to Pandora Radio, or contact Google Maps, or check their state of charge from their iPhone or laptop.
Tesla takes reservations online and showrooms in California. Tesla will open a store in Chicago this spring and is planning offices in London, New York, Miami, Seattle, Washington, DC and Munich later this year.