What is it? The second all-electric vehicle from Tesla, the Model S family sedan made its debut at the Detroit auto show.
With three seating rows, the S sedan will be able to carry up to seven people. There are three battery pack choices that will offer a range of 160, 230, or 300 miles per charge. It can be recharged from a 120V, 208V, or 240V outlet or quick-charged from an external supply in 45 minutes.
Tesla claims the Model S can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds, and it will have a top electronic speed of 130 mph. Inside there is a 17-inch touchscreen monitor with in-car Internet connectivity, creating the possibility to access Google Maps or Pandora Radio. Drivers can also check the car's state of charge remotely on the iPhone. The anticipated base price of the Model S is $49,900 after a $7,500 federal tax credit.
Reservations on the S started last spring and production will begin in early 2012 with the help of a $350 million dollar loan from the Department of Energy to build a plant in California.
What is new or notable? Tesla has just built the 1,000th examples of its original roadster.
When will it be available? 2012.
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