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The Tesla Model-S Revealed!

Posted By Jorge Chapa On March 31, 2009 @ 10:00 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 6 Comments

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After months of teasing [2], Tesla has finally announced the highly expected and hotly desired Tesla Model-S [3]. In keeping with the Tesla Roadster [4], the Model-S [5] is a gorgeous looking electric vehicle that is capable of rocketing from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds and traveling up to 300 miles on a single 45 minute charge.

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When people think of Tesla, they often picture the Roadster, the electric sportscar coveted by eco-geeks everywhere. What most do not know is that in reality the Roadster was always intended to provide both a prototype and the funding for creating the more affordable mass-market vehicle, the Model-S. Everyone was expecting Tesla’s Model S [5] to be a stunning vehicle – a suspicion that was confirmed by the pictures that Kevin Rose, founder of Digg [6], leaked in his Flickr [7] account.

By all accounts Tesla truly have a winner in their hands. Whereas the roadster was targeting Porsche as a competitor, the Model-S will be going head-to-head against BMW [8] and Mercedes [9]. The Model-S will cost $57,400, and it qualifies for a federal credit in the US, so expect that price to drop down a bit. You can expect to see this hitting production by 2011. We can’t wait.

+ Tesla Motors [5]

Via Wired [3]




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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=22276

[2] teasing: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/01/new-submission-29/

[3] Tesla Model-S: http://blog.wired.com/cars/2009/03/leaked-photo-te.html

[4] Tesla Roadster: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/06/04/tesla-motors-the-electric-roadster/

[5] Model-S: http://www.teslamotors.com/models/index.php

[6] Digg: http://digg.com/

[7] Flickr: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/03/tesla-motors-model-s-electric-car-sedan-leaked-photos.php

[8] BMW: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/17/transportation-tuesday-bmw-gina-light-visionary-model-revealed/

[9] Mercedes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/25/mercedes-announces-crazy-hybrid-f-cell-roadster/

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