Tesla Model S "Live" Photos
“Frankly the number of cars reserved in the first week has exceeded our optimistic internal projections. Enthusiasm surrounding the Model S is proof that there’s pent-up demand for more affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles, including those made in America,” Elon Musk, Tesla CEO said when announcing the order number following in the first two weeks of sales.
The Model S is powered by a choice of three battery packs, with ranges extending to 160 (257 km), 230 (370) or 300 (482 km) miles per charge. The batteries can be recharged in some 45 minutes while using a 480V household outlet.
Performance wise, the Model S leaps from naught to 60 mph in under six seconds, with the sport versions are capable of reaching the same speed in under five seconds. Speed will be electronically limited to 130 mph (209 km/hour).
Tesla Model S will be sold at an anticipated $57,400. Since it is an EV, the S will take advantage of the $7,500 federal tax credit, so the effective price of the car will start at $49,900. "Because of tax incentives and relatively inexpensive maintenance and refueling, the lifetime ownership cost will be closer to cars with far lower sticker prices," Musk added.
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