31st March 2009

2013 Tesla Model S

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The Tesla Motors Model S 4-door sedan has long been in the likely rumor category, but that all changed this week with a surprise official Tesla Model S introduction. Tesla has made big news with its Roadster model, which with over 250 deliveries has been the first real sport standalone electric car model to see mass production.

If the spec sheet put out in an official Tesla press release was from any other car company, it would be unlikely to be taken seriously. Tesla makes some bold claims for the Model S, which has an early estimate on-road date of mid-2011.

The Roadster has done well on the open market for a pure start-up car company, but at $100,000 and with less utility than a Mazda Miata, its hip factor and novelty value have been big selling points. At double the size and half the price, with a more-powerful engine and battery technology that benefits from the many roadbumps in the Roadster program, the Model S will compete well in the emerging electric vehicle segment if it can stay true to early form.

Certain Tesla Model S show car details, like the rather ridiculous 20-inch wheels, probably will not make it onto a car that is supposed to be all about efficiency. Still, the Model S electric sedan has all the goods where it counts, and new technologies may allow the first affordable all-electric family sedan to see the light of day to be a big hit for fledgling Tesla Motors.


Model S is here!

Official Tesla Motors Press Release

Just moments ago, we took the wraps off the Model S, an all electric family sedan that carries  seven people and travels 300 miles per charge. We also launched a web site and began taking orders for this historic vehicle, which will likely be world’s first mass-produced, highway-capable EV.

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 waitlist.

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.

But the anticipated sticker price doesn’t tell the full story. Model S costs half as much as a Roadster, and it’s a better value than much cheaper cars. 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. That’s why we’re 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.

With a 300-mile range and 45-minute QuickCharge, the $49,900 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 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

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. 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

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