Tesla made the first beta of its Model S available for photos and a brief ride along, proving to customers and journalists that the car is on track for production.
Tesla achieved a proof of concept with its Roadster, and the Model S will be the company's first real car. Beyond a car for electric vehicle enthusiasts, the Model S will feature a minimum 160-mile range, with a more expensive version boasting 300 miles, along with luxury elements that more than justifies its base price tag of $57,400.
The Model S is made largely of aluminum to help reduce weight, an essential element considering the electric power train. Although it does not need a conventional grille, it has some air ducting for cabin climate control and the battery cooling system.
Tesla fits the Model S with a large center screen for all the infotainment controls and display. Although this particular screen uses infrared for its touch capabilities, Tesla hopes to have a capacitive touchscreen for production.
As with other electric cars, the Model S will include a smartphone app with many remote functions. It will let you check the range of your car from anywhere in the world, and tell it when to begin charging.