Gallery: Tesla Unveils Model S “Alpha Build” Prototype at Detroit Auto ...

The Tesla Model S is definitely one sexy piece of automotive engineering. Released to market last year, the electric roadster has made a splash worldwide with a fleet of over 1,500 now cruising the streets. To celebrate the growing success and popularity of their electric car, Tesla unveiled the underpinnings of their brand new silvery Model S Alpha at this year's Detroit Auto Show! Read on for a look at the technology beneath the hood of this high-performance green car set to hit the streets next year.

Tesla’s exploded Model S Alpha Build Prototype is an incredible display that piqued the curiosity of many Detroit Auto Show attendees. The prototype is the exact model that engineers are using in the vehicle’s first testing phase. Tesla’s engineers relay that the new vehicles are being subjected to extreme conditions that guarantee the effectiveness of the brakes, suspension, driving dynamics, fit and finish, and safety requirements.

This body structure of the new vehicle captures Tesla’s new in-house-design platform, which is anticipated to give way to other variations, such as an SUV. The structure uses an innovative spot welding system, which helps save weight, enhancing the range that can be achieved by the electric vehicle. The low center of gravity is achieved via light-duty sway bars, which improve the ride quality and reduce overall noise and vibration. Another special feature of the new Model S is the Tesla-designed suspension system, which will be suited for mass manufacturing.


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

    Super car with lots of innovations.

  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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