Tesla Model S

The sporty, groundbreaking Model S rolled off the line at Tesla's California factory this year.

Elon Musk's Tesla Model S
Elon Musk's own Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory. James Martin/CNET

With much anticipation, Tesla launched its Model S electric car in 2012, beginning full line production and sales to the public. The car represents a milestone in practical electric car technology, as the top trim models boast a 265-mile EPA-rated range, while at the same time offering a sport-luxury driving experience.

The car also marks a milestone for Tesla, as it is the first vehicle the company designed and built from the ground up. The Model S comes out of Tesla's new manufacturing facility in Fremont, Calif. Tesla set up its factory line, which goes from body construction to paint to final testing, in record time for an automaker.

For more on this story, see our "first drive" of the Tesla Model S.

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