Diane Pham

Tesla Unveils Model S “Alpha Build” Prototype at Detroit Auto Show

by , 01/17/11

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Beneath the exposed frame sits an ultra-thin battery made up of over 7,000 li-ion cells. This system is the same no matter what range battery pack you choose for your Model S –160, 230 or 320 miles. Engineers haven’t decided if the lower-range packs will house fewer cells or if it will use a full complement of lower-density cells, but performance and economics will be the deciding factors. Of course, since the Model S was designed with battery swaps in mind, drivers will be able to exchange their pack for another one using a system that has yet to be determined. Set to hit the market in 2012, the new EV will be priced at $57,400.

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2 Comments

  1. Milieunet January 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Super car with lots of innovations. http://bit.ly/f3FeVF

  2. justinefogle January 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I am not sure but I believe that the Tesla Model S will be release in 2012 and has not sold 1,500 yet (That is the the Tesla Roadster). Please let me know if I am mistaken and can actually buy a Model S, but I am currently waiting for them to be released so I can purchase one. Otherwise, I am really glad to see the first production pieces at the Detroit Auto Show!! YAY!!

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