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2013 Tesla Model S
Conceived by Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk and penned by former GM and Mazda ace designer Franz von Holzhausen, the Model S is a high-performance, full-electric, five-door hatchback sport sedan with a standard 60 kWh or available 85 kWh lithium ion battery pack. Shown first as a prototype at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, U.S. sales began in June, 2012. The base 60-kWh Model S starts at $69,900, while the big battery pack adds another $10,000.
Its EPA-rated range is 265 miles with the 85 kWh battery - essentially triple the real-world reach of any other current production pure EV - and 208 miles with the 60 kWh pack. Largely because of its amazing battery range and despite its lofty prices, the Model S beaut out both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf with 4,900 U.S. sales for the first quarter of 2013, making it the top-selling plug-in on the market today. Among its many honors are 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Automobile Magazine 'Automobile of the Year' and World Green Car of the Year.
'With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of gravity,' Tesla says, it 'offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world's best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a sedan.' The standard Model S boasts 5.4-seconds 0-60 mph performance and a 125-mph top speed, and this performance model example is even quicker at 4.2 seconds.
Tesla Motors to Begin Customer Deliveries of Model S on June 22ndWorld's first premium electric sedan ahead of schedule
Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) will begin delivering Model S, the world's first premium electric sedan, to customers on June 22nd. Several customers will receive their cars that day at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. In its Q1 financial results communicated earlier this month, Tesla announced Model S would begin deliveries ahead of the July timeframe originally communicated.
'In 2006 our plan was to build an electric sports car followed by an affordable electric sedan, and reduce our dependence on oil,' said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO and Chief Product Architect. 'Delivering Model S is a key part of that plan and represents Tesla's transition to a mass-production automaker and the most compelling car company of the 21st century.'
Model S is the first premium sedan designed from the ground up to take full advantage of electric vehicle architecture. A revolutionary powertrain sits under the floorboard of Model S, creating an ultra-low center of gravity. Paired with an aluminum body engineered for superior handling, Tesla has created a vehicle that will raise the bar for vehicle handling and efficiency while meeting the highest standards for safety.
Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan and includes a second trunk under the hood. Model S seats five adults and two children in optional rear facing seats and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds. The interior features a 17' in-dash touchscreen with internet capabilities, allowing for streaming radio, web browsing and navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
With the most energy-dense battery pack in the industry and best-in-class aerodynamics, Model S has the longest range of any electric car in the world. Model S comes with three battery pack options to fit the unique needs of different drivers.
Tesla will be publishing regular updates about the event on June 22nd, as described in this company blog post. Model S test-drive events will begin rolling out to select North American cities in July. Tesla will be ramping up production throughout 2012 and plans to deliver 5,000 vehicles by year end. Reservations for the premium electric sedan currently exceed 10,000. Customers can reserve a Model S at one of Tesla's retail stores or online.Source - Tesla
Tesla Expands Retail Network Before Model S DeliveriesFirst Ú.S. store of the year opening this week in White Plains, New York Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) is growing its network of retail stores across the Únited States in preparation for deliveries of Model S, the world's first premium electric sedan. (concept carz) This Friday, Tesla will open its first Ú.S. store of the year at The Westchester shopping center in White Plains, New York.
Tesla is reinventing the car-buying experience with its unique retail model. Tesla Westchester, the first store of its kind on the East Coast, will feature a hands-on exhibit of the Model S drivetrain, a Design Studio where customers can customize their own Model S, and an interactive touchscreen experience designed to engage and inform customers about Tesla's advanced technology and the benefits of driving electric. The store will open with four Model S Betas on display, a record number of vehicles at a Tesla store opening.
'Our sales strategy is very different from the rest of the automotive industry - we put our stores in high foot-traffic locations so we can tell as many people as possible about Tesla's incredible cars,' says George Blankenship, Tesla's vice president of worldwide sales and ownership experience. 'Opening our own stores allows us to ensure consumers interested in learning more about Tesla will receive an amazing customer experience from the moment they walk through the door.'
Tesla Westchester will be the 22nd company-owned store worldwide. The company will open four additional stores this summer at 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California, Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona, Washington Square in Portland, Oregon, and on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Florida. These stores will expand Tesla's 'new retail experience' to both new and existing markets.
Model S was designed from the ground up as an electric car. Engineered for performance, it offers a premium ride, great handling and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in as little as 4.4 seconds. With seating for five adults and two children in optional rear-facing seats, plus ample cargo space, Model S blends smart design with cutting-edge technology. The 17' in-dash touchscreen with wireless capabilities allows for streaming radio, navigation and web browsing. Model S is offered with three battery pack options to suit a variety of drivers' needs, and can be recharged using any conventional outlet. Tesla has more than 10,000 reservations for Model S worldwide.
Tesla's attention to a high quality customer experience extends to vehicle service. Tesla owners can service their cars at one of Tesla's regional service centers. In addition, Tesla Rangers travel from service hubs to perform annual inspections, firmware upgrades and other maintenance at customers' homes or offices.Source - Tesla
Tesla Motors Launches Revolutionary Supercharger Enabling Convenient Long Distance DrivingDrive the Model S electric car anywhere in the country on pure sunlight for free
Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) today unveiled its highly anticipated Supercharger network. Constructed in secret, Tesla revealed the locations of the first six Supercharger stations, which will allow the Model S to travel long distances with ultra fast charging throughout California, parts of Nevada and Arizona.
The technology at the heart of the Supercharger was developed internally and leverages the economies of scale of existing charging technology already used by the Model S, enabling Tesla to create the Supercharger device at minimal cost. The electricity used by the Supercharger comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity, which results in almost zero marginal energy cost after installation. Combining these two factors, Tesla is able to provide Model S owners1 free long distance travel indefinitely.
Each solar power system is designed to generate more energy from the sun over the course of a year than is consumed by Tesla vehicles using the Supercharger. This results in a slight net positive transfer of sunlight generated power back to the electricity grid. In addition to lowering the cost of electricity, this addresses a commonly held misunderstanding that charging an electric car simply pushes carbon emissions to the power plant. The Supercharger system will always generate more power from sunlight than Model S customers use for driving. By adding even a small solar system at their home, electric car owners can extend this same principle to local city driving too.
The six California locations unveiled today are just the beginning. By next year, we plan to install Superchargers in high traffic corridors across the continental Únited States, enabling fast, purely electric travel from Vancouver to San Diego, Miami to Montreal and Los Angeles to New York. Tesla will also begin installing Superchargers in Europe and Asia in the second half of 2013.
The Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing almost 100 kilowatts of power to the Model S, with the potential to go as high as 120 kilowatts in the future. This can replenish three hours of driving at 60 mph in about half an hour, which is the convenience inflection point for travelers at a highway rest stop. Most people who begin a road trip at 9am would normally stop by noon to have lunch, refresh and pick up a coffee or soda for the road, all of which takes about 30 minutes.
'Tesla's Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles, providing long distance travel that has a level of convenience equivalent to gasoline cars for all practical purposes. However, by making electric long distance travel at no cost, an impossibility for gasoline cars, Tesla is demonstrating just how fundamentally better electric transport can be,' said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. 'We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight.' 1. Supercharging hardware is standard on Model S vehicles equipped with an 85 kWh battery and optional on Model S vehicles equipped with a 60 kWh battery. Source - Tesla
Tesla Motors Brings Model S to the Autobahn for the First Time
Press preview in Munich marks the beginning of company's global rollout of Model S
Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) announced today that Model S, the world's first premium electric sedan, arrived in Europe last week for a nearly weeklong press preview in Munich, Germany. This marks the beginning of marketing activity for Model S outside North America. European press and media had the chance to drive Model S on all types of typical European roads and cruised effortlessly on the Autobahn for the very first time. Tesla plans to deliver Model S to reservation holders in Europe and Asia in 2013.
'Our goal has always been to build the best car in the world and set new standards for safety, range, design and performance. We have achieved this with Model S in North America and now it's time to introduce the extraordinary Model S driving experience to Europe,' said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. 'Our Tesla Roadster introduced us to the world and we believe Model S will now be seen as the ideal alternative for customers seeking the most advanced luxury performance sedan available today.'
Model S has the same immediate response, instant torque and smooth acceleration that made Roadster famous. Model S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds without hesitation and without a drop of gasoline.
Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle and has been engineered to elevate the public's expectations of what a premium sedan can be. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from world's best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan. (concept carz)
Setting the bar for electric driving range, Model S offers 40 kWh, 60 kWh and 85 kWh battery options. All deliver unprecedented range, with the 85 kWh equipped car achieving up to 500 kilometers on a single charge. All three batteries use automotive-grade lithium-ion cells arranged for optimum energy density, thermal management and safety.
Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan in its class and includes a second trunk under the hood. The interior features a 17' in-dash touchscreen with Internet capabilities, allowing for streaming radio, web browsing and navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)Source - Tesla
Tesla Model S Wins One of Automotive Industry's Highest Honors: Motor Trend 2013 Car of the YearModel S Bests a Field of 25 Powerhouse Automotive Brands
Today Model S was named Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year, one of the automotive industry's most coveted awards. To take top honors, Model S garnered a unanimous vote from the panel of Motor Trend judges and guest judges, considered among the savviest and toughest critics in the industry. This is the first time in Motor Trend's memory that every judge was in unanimous agreement.
'Our aspiration with the Model S was to show that an electric car truly can be better than any gasoline car, which is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of sustainable transport,' said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. 'Nothing illustrates this more clearly than winning Motor Trend's Car of the Year by unanimous decision against a field of exceptional competitors.'
The 2013 field of competition included entries from some of the most historically dominant nameplates. The field was initially narrowed to 11 finalists including the Porsche Boxster, BMW 3-series, Lexus GS, and Subaru BRZ. After extensive track and road testing pushed vehicles to their limits in one of the industry's toughest tests of performance, efficiency, safety and more, the Tesla Model S was awarded top honors.About Model S
Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle and has been engineered to elevate the public's expectations of what a premium sedan can be. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world's best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan. (concept carz)
Setting the bar for electric driving range, Model S offers 40 kWh, 60 kWh and 85 kWh battery options. All deliver unprecedented range, with the 85 kWh variant achieving an EPA-certified range of 265 miles. All three batteries use automotive-grade lithium-ion cells arranged for optimal energy density, thermal management, and safety.
Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan in its class and includes a second trunk under the hood. The Model S interior features a 17' in-dash touchscreen with Internet capabilities, allowing for streaming radio, web browsing and navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)About Tesla
Source - Tesla
Tesla's goal is to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs, as well as EV powertrain components for partners such as Toyota and Daimler. Tesla has delivered more than 2,400 Roadsters to customers worldwide. Model S, the world's first premium sedan to be engineered from the ground up as an electric vehicle, began deliveries to Ú.S. customers in June of this year. Tesla has already received more than 13,000 reservations worldwide for Model S.