The Tesla Model S
The imminent battle-royale between the current two big luxury electric automakers is set to begin in 2011 with the introduction of Tesla’s Model S, Fisker Automotive will be releasing the Karma four door electric plug in hybrid in late 2010 and so will have a solid one year head start on Tesla, Fisker is also targeting an $88,000 USD price tag which is a decent step up from the currently anticipated $49,999 USD (after a $7,500 tax credit) price of the Tesla, if you currently own a Tesla Roadster you are eligible for a further $10,000 discount off the Signature Series Model S. The two cars are not evenly matched though, the Tesla is a pure electric car and the Fisker has a small 4 cylinder engine that can be used on the go to charge batteries but also features the plug and charge of the Tesla.
The Tesla wins on electric endurance though with a 300 mile range possible running on its built-in lithium battery. The Model S is arguably the better looking of the two and seems to draw a large amount of design inspiration from the current Aston Martin model line, although that isn’t too surprising considering they share a common designer.
The original code name of the Model S was “WhiteStar” which we think is a much, much cooler name. All said and done though Tesla look like they are here for the long run and with an affordable, good-looking and practical four door sports sedan like the Model S the only thing that can stop them now is themselves.
Tesla Model S Specifications:
– 300 mile range
– 45 minute QuickCharge
– 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds
– Seats 7 people (two of which need to be tiny)
– 2X as efficient as hybrids
– 17 inch infotainment touchscreen
Tesla Model S Press Release
With a range up to 300 miles and 45-minute QuickCharge, the Model S can carry five adults and two children in quiet comfort – and you can charge it from any outlet, without ever stopping for gas. World’s first mass-produced electric vehicle offers performance, efficiency and unrivaled utility for a base price of $49,900*, making it the only car you’ll ever need.
Three battery pack options offer a range of 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge. With the 45 minute QuickCharge or a 5 minute battery swap, you can drive from LA to San Francisco, Washington to New York or take even longer road trips in about the same time as in a conventional car.
With seating for five adults and two children, plus an additional trunk under the hood, Model S has passenger carrying capacity and versatility rivaling SUVs and minivans. Rear seats fold flat, and the hatch gives way to a roomy opening, so you can stow a mountain bike, 50-inch flat-screen TV, full drum set or futon frame – more than ample for the entire family and their gear.
Model S offers 100 percent torque, 100 percent of the time without jerky shifting and a fraction of the noise and harshness of internal combustion engines. This smooth and constant power delivery, combined with the sporty handling of the chassis and suspension, leads to a superior driving experience.
The Model S powertrain features a liquid-cooled, 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 about $4 to fully charge – a bargain even when gasoline is $1 per gallon. You can listen to Pandora Radio or consult Google Maps on the 17 inch touchscreen with in-car 3G connectivity.
Via Tesla Motors
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