Today Tesla Motors Inc. based in San Carlos, California, designers and manufacturers of electric vehicles, has released the official details and images of the Tesla Model S, the world’s first mass-produced highway capable Electric Vehicle (EV). The Model S is a sedan that can carries 7 people (5 adults and 2 children) and travels up to 300 miles per charge with the price tag of $49,900.
The Model S carries its charger onboard and it can be recharged from any 120V, 240V or 480V outlet. It takes only 45 minutes to recharge the Model S from the 480V outlet. The floor-mounted battery-pack meanwhile can be changed out in less time than it takes to the fuel tank allowing the possibility to swap battery-pack at the filling stations.
The volume of the front hood can be made as a second trunk thanks to the floor-mounted battery-pack design. The Tesla Model S can accommodate a 50-inch TV, mountain bike and surfboard at the same time when combining the front hood, the four-bar linkage hatchback rear trunk and the flat folding rear seats.
According to Tesla, the Model S will go into production in late 2011 because Tesla Motors believes it is close to receive $350 million federal loans from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program to build the Model S plant in California.
The Tesla Model S base price is anticipated at $49,000 after federal tax credit of $7,500 and comes with battery pack choices of 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge. The Model S costs roughly $5 to drive 230 miles.
The standard Tesla Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. Meanwhile, the sports versions model S accelerates below 5 seconds. The car comes with a single-speed gearbox that delivers effortless acceleration and responsive handling.
Inside, the Model S features a 17-inch touchscreen with in-car 3G connectivity for passengers to listen to Pandora Radio or to consult Google Maps or to check the charge status remotely from their iPhone or laptop.
Below are more details of the Tesla Model S from the press release.
Convenience and utility bullet points:
Up to 300-mile range
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.
0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds
1/4 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″
All-wheel-drive available (option available in future production models)
Right hand drive available
The Model S Show Car is a drivable vehicle that exemplifies Tesla’s “no compromises” philosophy – an elegantly refined luxury sedan delivering optimal performance without sacrificing efficiency. Designed by Franz von Holzhausen, the car’s aggressive stance gives way to a modern silhouette, with minimal front and rear overhangs for maximum space efficiency. The car’s mature face defines the future of the Tesla brand and incorporates the touches from the Tesla Roadster. Environmentally friendly materials are incorporated throughout, including water-based paint for the exterior, chrome-free vegetable tanned Italian leather on interior, and 100 percent recycled PET carpeting from Futuris.
Panoramic roof with sliding moon roof
Retracting door handles for improved aerodynamics
Full-time 3G connectivity with Internet, HD and satellite radio
Push button “gear” selector
Automatic rear lift gate
21-inch wheels, Front Tires 245/35ZR21, Rear Tires 285/30ZR21
17-inch haptic touchscreen and customizable vehicle information display
Fully digital instrument cluster
LED and neon headlight and taillights, with xenon Hella low beams
Smart-key power and push button gear selector
Brembo brake system with new one-piece monobloc calipers and integral stiffening bridge to optimize performance
Front brake system:
Brembo Gran Turismo
Brembo 6-piston Monobloc Calipers
Brembo 405×34mm 2-Piece Floating Slotted Discs with Billet Aluminum Hats
Rear brake system:
Brembo Gran Turismo
Brembo 4-piston Monobloc Calipers
Brembo 380×28mm 2-Piece Slotted Discs with Billet Aluminum Hats
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