The Tesla Model S is so close we can almost lick it. The four-seater saloon electric car, unveiled nearly two years ago, won't be around until 2012, but Tesla's revealed it will cost almost half the price of its flagship , meaning it's within the reach of environmentally conscious peasants like you or us.
Three Model S versions will be available. The first 1,000 cars to whir silently off the assembly line will be part of the Signature Series limited-edition range, all of which will sport 300-mile range batteries, Signature Series badges and an "extensive complement of options".
Once that supply is exhausted, Tesla will offer the Model S with batteries capable of 300-, 230- or 160-mile ranges costing $77,000, $67,000 and $57,500. These prices will fall after a $7,500 electric car subsidy from the US gub'mint.
We're not sure how these prices will translate into money with the Queen on it, but we wouldn't expect the entry-level car to cost any less than £40,000 -- and that's only if the Model S qualifies for the UK's £5,000(we say 'if' because at the time of writing, the Roadster doesn't qualify).
If it does come in at that price in the UK, you can sign us up. The Model S looks gorgeous, is kind to the environment (if you get your electricity from a green supplier) and can complete the 0-60mph sprint in just 5.6 seconds.
Tesla plans to produce 5,000 cars in 2012 before increasing production to 20,000 in 2013. Start saving those pennies now.