ECOstrive – Tesla Motors yesterday announced the details of the long awaited electric sedan called the Model S. This family sedan can seat 7 people and travel up to 300 miles on a charge.
“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.”With prices starting at $49,900, the Model S is under half the price of the Tesla Roadster. Tesla has already delivered nearly 300 Roadster sports cars at over $100,000 each and has a wait list of nearly 1000 customers that have paid deposits of over $25,000. This makes Tesla one of the only mass producers of all electric vehicles that are stylish and highway ready.
According to Tesla, the standard Model S has a 0-60 in a remarkable 5.6 seconds. They will also be selling a “Signature” model that is rumored to have 0-60 time of well below 5 seconds. All of that performance in an electric vehicle that can travel up to 300 miles before recharging. As if that wasn’t enough, the Model S also carries its charger onboard so that you can plug into 110, 220 or 480 volt outlets, the latter can provide a full charge in 45 minutes.
Tesla has also made the battery pack easily removable in the hopes of haveing battery swap stations that can change the discharged battery with a charged one in 5 minutes.
All in all, this vehicle is both stylish and rich in performance. If you were to compare with a gasoline powered car with fuel and maintenance costs, you would have to purchase a car with a sticker price of around $35,000. It would be hard to find a vehicle in that price point with the performance, style or luxury of the Model S. Not to mention that a gas station becomes a soda stop for you.
We think Tesla is on the road to being one of the leading automobile manufacturers of the next century. Great job guys! Let us know what you think.