Tesla Electric CUV Coming in 2013

The success electric vehicle manufacturer has had with the Roadster, as well as the projected market hit the Model S will be made the American manufacturer consider a CUV to join the range of highway capable electric vehicles.

According to Autoweek, the Tesla CUV will arrive in 2013. Details on it are completely absent, but the car presented at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show by Italian-based European Design Institute (IED) under the name of Eye makes for a nice preview.

The Eye was designed by a group of students to be an every-day electric vehicle. It measures 4.3 meter in length, 1.8 meters in height and 1.4 meters in width. IED collaborated with Tesla on the project and provided some consulting and a badge for the concept.

Until the CUV gets here however, will have to make do with the Model S, scheduled for release in 2012. The standard Model S leaps from naught to 60 mph in under six seconds, with the sport versions capable of reaching the same speed in under five seconds - a true electric sports car.

The Model S will have an electronically-limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/hour). The S features a single speed gearbox, allowing for better acceleration.

Model S osts only $49,900, after a federal tax credit of $7,500 is applied, half as much as a Roadster. According to the latest rumors, it will be built somewhere on the West Coast.
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