Tesla Motors unveiled its Model S sedan prototype today at a rocket factory in Southern California. The four-door will seat seven and start at a base price of $57,400 ($49,900 after a $7,500 federal tax credit).
Updated:
Photo by: Laura Burstein/CNET / Caption by:
It's estimated that the Tesla Model S will lay down zero-to-60 miles per hour in less than 6 seconds and have an electronically limited top speed of 135 mph.
Updated:
Photo by: Laura Burstein/CNET / Caption by:
The standard battery pack on the Model S will have an estimated 160-mile range. A bigger, optional battery pack will offer a range of up to 300 miles. Tesla also promises the sedan will feature a 45-minute "fast charge" and the ability to swap battery packs quickly.
Updated:
Photo by: Laura Burstein/CNET / Caption by:
Tesla hopes the Model S will become the first mass-produced electric sedan. The company anticipates a release date in the third quarter of 2011, and an expected annual production of 20,000 units by mid-2012.
Updated:
Photo by: Laura Burstein/CNET / Caption by:
The body panels and much of the core chassis of the Model S are made from aluminum, which helps to compensate for the 1200-pound battery pack. The total weight of the car is expected to be slightly more than 4,000 pounds.
Updated:
Photo by: Laura Burstein/CNET / Caption by:
With a second trunk under the hood, cargo space in the Model S will reportedly be better than any midsize sedan on the market. Tesla claims a mountain bike with the front wheel attached, a surfboard, and a 50-inch television can all fit simultaneously.
Updated:
Photo by: Laura Burstein/CNET / Caption by:
The interior features two touch-screen control interfaces. The Model S will be fitted with wireless Internet capability, and Tesla claims it will be able to remotely diagnose and even fix any problems that might arise with the car.
Updated:
Photo by: Laura Burstein/CNET / Caption by:
Hot Galleries

CNET Magazine

The spring issue is here

Find out what Sofia Vergara wants from her modern smart home. Get your copy today for big savings off newsstand prices.

Hot Products