Tesla Motors Model S blends style, ingenuity and usability
Tesla Motors is the drama queen of the auto industry. But if you can look beyond the company’s histrionics—lawsuits, financial struggles, exaggerated promises, repeated delays, and inflated egos—the brilliance of its vehicle design shines through. So far, the best example of its ingenuity is the Tesla Model S—a bright vision of what a practical and desirable all-electric sedan should and might be.
The Department of Energy gave a powerful endorsement of the Model S in June 2009 when it awarded Tesla with a $465 million loan to build the all-electric sedan and the battery packs needed to make it go. Tesla is promising to begin production in 2011, and ramp up to 20,000 units per year by 2013. With the money in hand and the deadline set, Tesla could deliver a winner—if the company and its executives stay focused, avoid controversy, and deliver on the big promise of the Model S.
Tesla Model S Overview
Smooth, uninterrupted acceleration. Control in an instant. Feedback and information within arm’s reach. Comfort surrounds the driver. Carry anything needed for a day, a trip, an unexpected shopping spree. The Model S offers luxurious space, seating for five adults and two children, and a second cargo area under the hood.
— Seating for 7
— More cargo space than typical sedans
— Premium interior styling
Tesla Model S Range
Choose from one of three battery pack options to suit typical driving needs: 160, 230, or 300 miles per charge. Concerned with Range Anxiety? Like the Roadster, the Model S is engineered to plug into nearly any outlet, anywhere in the world. With the ability to recharge in 45 minutes, the car begs to be driven everywhere you want to go.
— 160, 230, or 300 mile range pack
— 45 minute QuickCharge
Tesla Model S Performance
Model S performance is second to none. The Model S powertrain offers instant torque at the driver’s request. Though designed for comfort, safety, and utility, the coveted Model S does not sacrifice performance. Command control and the Model S delivers the power, acceleration and precise handling of a sports car with quiet simplicity.
— 0-60 in 5.6 seconds
— 120 mph top speed
Tesla Model S Technology
The Model S powertrain features a liquid-cooled, floor-mounted battery pack and single-speed gearbox. The body design is of stamped aluminum and provides top-notch aerodynamics, style, and safety. The 17-inch touchscreen with in-car 3G connectivity means quick access to streaming radio, gps navigation, restaurant recommendations, and movie showtimes.
— Leading electric powertrain
— 17-inch touchscreen with 3G connectivity
— Amazing aerodynamics