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Tesla prices Model S, makes navigation optional

Tesla announced pricing on its Model S electric car today, although specifying that the pricing only holds for current reservation holders.

Tesla has laid out the pricing structure for the all-new Model S electric car, and, as expected, higher range will cost you more.

The company launched a Web page today showing the base model, with a 40kWh battery pack, costing $49,900. The 60kWh model runs $59,900, and it's another $10,000 jump to the 85kWh model. Go up to $79,900 for the Performance model, which also comes with the 85kWh pack and a 0-to-60-mph time of 4.4 seconds. All of those prices are after a federal tax credit of $7,500.

Those battery packs give the Model S an estimated range at 55 mph of 160 miles, 230 miles, and 300 miles respectively.

And then there are the options. Tesla wants $1,500 to build a glass, panoramic roof into the car, and another $1,500 for the rear jump seats, which can make the Model S a seven-seater. 19-inch wheels are standard, but $3,500 will get you 21s with high-performance tires, the latter being standard on the Performance version of the car. Microfiber seat covers are standard, with leather running $1,500.

An odd option on the list is the Tech package, which runs $3,750. A 17-inch touch screen is standard in the dashboard, but you will need the Tech package to get turn-by-turn navigation on it. Tesla points out that, as the Model S is a connected car, Google or other browser-based navigation will be available on the 17-inch screen even without this package, but the Tech package brings in a navigation system with maps stored on hard drive.

Other features of the Tech package include an in-dash 16GB hard drive, two USB ports, and a backup camera. You can bump up the stereo system for $950 and add an adaptive air suspension for $1,500.

The Model S comes standard with a 10-kilowatt onboard charger, giving the car 31 miles for each hour plugged in, according to Tesla. Buyers can opt for an additional onboard charger, effectively halving the charging time, for $1,500. The standard charging cable comes with a 240-volt outlet adapter.

Tesla says this pricing is guaranteed for current reservation holders, and in a phone call said these prices will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

Update, 5:12 p.m. PT: This article was updated to reflect further information provided by Tesla.