Motors unveiled the Model S chassis and body at the
2011 North American International Auto Show. It will
eventually become a full-sized electric sedan. Production
is expected to begin in early 2012 with a base price
of $57,400. It should have a driving range of 160
miles when fully charged. The Model S will go from
0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Larger battery packs will
be available with driving ranges of 230 and 300 miles.
However, those prices have not been announced yet.
going to be a 4-door, seven passenger premium sedan,"
said Camille Ricketts, Communications Manager for
Tesla Motors. "This car is still in development.
What we really wanted to do at this show is emphasize
our vehicle engineering capabilities. This structure
really shows how strong, how powerful this car is
going to be. We wanted to get under the skin and show
everyone what it can do. It's going to go 300 miles
on a charge, that's almost three times other electric
cars that are coming out or plan to come out."
normal charging time will range between three to five
hours. A 45-minute DC fast charge will be possible
when connected to a 480-volt outlet. A dead battery
can be switched out with a fully-charged battery in
less than five minutes.
2012 when production starts, our first production
run is estimated to be about 20,000 units," Ricketts
added. "The interior is going to be extremely
roomy. Because the battery pack lies flat along the
running board of the car, it leaves the entire interior
of the car for open space and cargo. It's going to
be extremely spacious and comfortable. As far as the
exterior goes, it's going to be an extremely beautiful
car. It's going to be premium sedan all the way."
Tesla Model S will compete with the BMW 5-Series.
It will be manufactured in Fremont, California in
a partnership with Toyota.
think the Model S is a cool car. However, it is definitely
out of my price range. It will cost just below $58,000
and will come with a three-year leasing option. I
think the Model S will put more people behind the
driver's seat of Tesla electric cars, since it is
about half of the price of the Roadster.