Tesla’s first batch of highly-anticipated Model S electric sedans were delivered to customers this past Friday – one month ahead of schedule – at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. The first ten sedans were rolled out of Tesla’s factory in front of a crowd of people that included Tesla employees, relatives, and politicians including California Governor Jerry Brown.
Tesla’s first set of Model S vehicles hit the streets one month earlier than originally planned. Tesla hopes to build 5,000 cars by the end of 2012, followed by 20,000 cars in 2013. “In 2009, we set out to build the most innovative car of the 21st century, and since then have dedicated ourselves to developing and testing Model S to ensure that under any situation, Model S never disappoints,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder, CEO and Chief Product Architect. “Today we achieved our goal with an exceptional car that we believe sets a new standard for efficiency, safety, style, technology, operating cost and performance.”
The Tesla Model S sedan has room for up to seven passengers and three battery options – 40 kWh, 60 kWh and 85 kWh. The EPA recently certified that the top version of the Model S with a 85 kWh battery has a range of 285 miles on a single charge. The base price of Model S is $49,900 after available federal tax credits of $7,500. Tesla has already received over 10,000 reservations worldwide for the Model S. Deliveries of the Model S in Europe and Asia will begin in early and mid-2013, respectively.