Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled its long-anticipated second model, the four-door Model S battery-electric sedan. The Model S will carry an initial price of $57,400; applying the new $7,500 Federal tax credit for plug-ins will drop the effective price to $49,900. Production is slated to begin in 2011, assuming the funding for the plant is in place.
|The Tesla Model S. Click to enlarge.|
The Model S has a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h) and can get to 60 mph in 5.5 to 6 seconds. The base model of the Model S will feature a Li-ion pack supporting a 160-mile (257 km) range, with options under development for 220- (354 km) or 300-mile (483 km) range packs.
Tesla says that rapid charging will recharge the battery pack in 45 minutes. The pack is also designed to be swapped out relatively quickly, in a nod to Better Place’s initiative.
Tesla plans to produce 20,000 Model S sedans a year.