Tesla Motors has announced that the first deliveries of its new Model S electric sedan will begin on June 22nd, ahead of the previously predicted July delivery date. The first Model S buyers will receive their cars at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. Additionally, the automaker plans to kick off the first Model S test-drive events in July. “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.”
The Model S sedan 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. The base Model S electric sedan has a range of 160 miles and starts at $49,900 after the $7,500 federal tax credit. The next model up has a range of 230 miles and adds an additional $10,000 to the base price of the Model S. The top Model S electric sedan is expected to have a range around 320 miles, which means that it will longest range of any electric car in the world. That version will start at $69,900.
Tesla plans to deliver 5,000 Model S sedans by the end of the year. Reservations for the electric sedan currently exceed 10,000.