Tesla Model S electric car

Tesla Model S Beta 1 (photos)

Tesla Model S electric car
The Beta 2 model will not only help Tesla employees further refine the car, but it will also test the new production facility.
Tesla Model S electric car
Not that this Beta 1 Model S wasn't quite far along. Electric drivetrain, check. Steering wheel, check. The car, referred to as Beta 1 by Tesla, even had a basically working infotainment system in the center stack and fully digital instrument panel.
Tesla Model S electric car
The Model S is driven by this electric motor on the rear axle. The Model S, although much bigger than the Roadster, delivered the push. The only surprise here was how well Tesla's electric drive technology scaled up to the bigger car. The Model S, on the other hand, has its batteries in a flat, approximately four inch thick assembly bolted underneath the car. It gets the Model S to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. At the weekend unveiling, Elon Musk revealed that Tesla would also create a sport version of the Model S, which gets to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.
Tesla Model S electric car
I had no trouble believing that Tesla's drive configuration for the Model S would work, but it was nice to feel it pushing the car down the test course. Tesla replaced faith with proof. With the car's data connection, it downloads Google Earth imagery to show the car's location. By the time the Model S hits production, it should be using the Tegra3 chip.
Tesla Model S electric car
A separate Tegra2 chip powers the car's instrument panel. The electric world

The obvious progress Tesla has made on the Model S assures the company will hit its production plan, which is actually very modest. Tesla estimates that the 300 mile range version will cost about $77,400. Tesla has not suggested any other content differences besides range for the different versions.

Tesla has already announced it is working on a second car for its model line-up, the Model X, which will take the form of a crossover. Yesterday I talked briefly about the tour that people who ordered the coming Tesla Model S were allowed to take of the Tesla facilities. The other version is called the Model S Sport.

That battery pack will offer a driving range of 300 miles according to Tesla. If you can spare about $54,700, electric carmaker Tesla Motors has the sedan for you.

Tesla's first sedan is already sold out before its production run in 2012. "We need your help," Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, a co-founder of PayPal, told future owners gathered Saturday for a Model S preview at the company's factory in Fremont, Calif.

Tesla provided attendees with tours of its factory and rides in a prototype of the Model S.

The car features three battery offerings with ranges of 160 miles/257 km, 230 miles/370 km or 300 miles/483 km on a full charge.

Tesla launched its Roadster in 2008 and by 2010 had sold more than 1,650 of the emissions-free cars in more than 30 countries, the company said.

The Roadster model has sold for $109,000 before a $7,500 federal tax credit and other rebates.

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