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2012 Tesla Model S priced from $49,900 after tax credit

2012 Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors was eager to announce the final U.S. pricing for the upcoming Model S, even though the first deliveries are expected to start in fall 2012. The car will be available in two trim levels: basic and Performance.

2012 Tesla Model S

Clients who pick the entry-level Model S will have to choose from one of the three battery options: 40 kWh, 60 kWH and 85 kWh. The model with the smallest battery costs $57,400, the one in the middle is $64,700, while the big battery versionis going to cost $77,400. However, the price tag of the car will be $7,500 lower thanks to the federal tax credit, which means that the cheapest Model S money can buy will cost $49,900. As standard, the 2012 Tesla Model S will feature an impressive 17-inch touchscreen display, a Universal Mobile Connector with three adapters, and 19-inch alloys.

2012 Tesla Model S

The Performance model will be available only with the 85 kWh battery and will set you back $87,400, without taking into account the aforementioned federal tax credit. This version of the Model S brings a Nappa leather interior, carbon décor, Alcantara accents, 21-inch rims and an Active Air Suspension.

2012 Tesla Model S

For $1,500 more clients will be able to get the car with a glass panoramic roof, while the Tech Package costs an extra $3,750. This one brings a 16GB hard drive, LED fog lights, rear USB ports, turn-by-turn navigation system, Xenon headlamps, keyless entry and high definition rear view camera.

2012 Tesla Model S

The automaker has also published details regarding the specifications of the batteries. The 40 kWh battery will be able to provide an estimated range of up to 160 miles (258 km) at an average speed of 55 mph. The Model S will need 5.9 seconds for the 0-62 mph sprint, en route to a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h).

2012 Tesla Model S

The version of the Model S fitted with the 60 kWh will have a range of up to 230 miles (370 km) at an average speed of 55 mph. This one can do the 0-62 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 120 mph (193 km/h).

2012 Tesla Model S

Equipped with the largest battery available, the 85 kWh unit, the 2012 Tesla Model S will provide a range of up to 300 miles (370 km) at an average speed of 55 mph, and it will need 5.6 seconds to hit 62 mph from start, before reaching a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h).

2012 Tesla Model S

Tesla has stated that the 85 kWh models will be launched in mid-2012, followed by the 60 kWh versions three months later, while the entry-level 40 kWh is scheduled to arrive towards the end of next year.

Source: Tesla Motors via Carscoop

Tesla working on all-new Roadster

2011 Tesla Roadster

The first new model from Tesla that will come out next year is the highly anticipated Model S sedan but the company is also working on a new generation of the Roadster along with other models that will rival the BMW 3-Series.

One of the cars that Tesla is about to launch is the Model X which is based on the Model S and it should come out next year, followed in 2013 by a cabriolet version. In 2014, Tesla will launch the new generation of the Roadster which won’t be based on Lotus mechanicals anymore.

Even though the company has lost money on every Roadster that they have sold, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said that it has helped with the establishment of the firm as well as EVs in general. He also said that the all-new Roadster will be based on a “third-generation platform” which probably will be a shorter version of the architecture that the company has developed for the Model S and the derivates that will follow.

Source: Tesla Motors via Autocar

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Tesla Working On Faster Model S

Tesla Model S

Although the regular version of the Tesla Model S hasn’t been launched yet, the automaker is already working on a hotter version of the EV, a model confirmed by the company’s CEO Elon Musk. The standard model will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in a decent 5.6 seconds while the hotter version should do it in less than 4.5 seconds, while featuring the exact same 85 kWh, 300 mile-per-charge battery pack.

Musk joked that this new version will be “quicker than a [Porsche] 911 [Carrera]” which is “not bad for an electric luxury sedan.” This new model will come with enhanced powertrain in order to cope with the additional current for quicker acceleration and is going to be available alongside with the 120-mile, 230-mile and 300-mile Model S.

Those who want a range of more than 300 miles will be able to order the 2012 Tesla Model S with aerodynamic wheels that will be able to provide an additional 20 miles of range. The automaker mentioned that it takes less than 60 minutes to charge the battery of the 300-mile range model thanks to the new direct current external charger. The onboard AC charging will be done via either the single 10 kilowatt charger or two 10 kilowatt chargers.

Tesla added that they have received 6,000 orders so far for the Model S and each of the clients made a deposit of at least $5,000. If they will manage to sell these cars it means that Tesla will have sold out all of the cars allocated for the first year of production, nine months before the first Model S arrives at its customer.

Source: Tesla Motors via Green Car Reports

Tesla Model S Still Scheduled For 2012 Release

Tesla Model S

Tesla said recently that the Model S is on course to reach the European market in late 2012 and they also mentioned the fact that already they have 4600 deposits for their sexy electric sedan. We don’t have to tell you how important the car is for Tesla because the chances are that if it’s going to be a flop, the company will face some serious issues, just like SAAB is experiencing at the moment.

Tesla Model S

Tesla in its 8-year of history has never posted a profit and just a week ago they’ve posted a second quarter loss of $58.9 million after a serious cash infusion in R&D for the Model S. The total revenue for the 2nd quarter was $58.2 million, which is a record for the company and this is mostly due to the rise in demand for their Roadster model.

Tesla Model S

As you probably know this by know, Tesla has and still is being financially supported by huge companies like Toyota, Panasonic as well as Blackstar, which is Daimler’s private equity arm. Starting with 2013, the automaker plans on selling 20,000 units per year and those 4600 deposits we’ve mentioned will cover the car’s first year of production which will commence in the summer of next year. About 50% of the demands for the Model S come from sunny California.

The Tesla Model S features a lightweight, high-strength aluminum architecture and upon launch is going to be available with three battery configurations. The entry-level model will be capable of a driving range of up to 160 miles; the mid-range will do 230 miles while the top-spec model is expected to offer a driving range of up to 300 miles until the batteries die. The first 1000 units Tesla is going to roll will be special “Signature Series” that will feature extra goodies and the biggest battery pack, the one that provides a 300-mile range.

In related news, the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, confirmed that after the launch of the sedan, Tesla will soon launch an SUV version based on the Model S which will be called Model X. They expect that from 2014 they’ll be able to sell 15,000 cars per year. Both of the cars are going to be built in Fremont, California, a facility formerly owned by General Motors.

Let’s hope that everything will go according to plan and next year we’ll see the sleek Model S on the streets and after that the green SUV.

Source: Tesla via Autocar

Spy Shots – 2012 Tesla Model S

2012 Tesla Model S

Perhaps one of the most interesting cars that will be launched in the following period would have to be the 2012 Tesla Model S. The guys from WorldCarFans.com grabbed a few spy shots with a prototype while undergoing some hot-weather testing in Death Valley, United States. If we were to analyze these photos, it seems that the engineers from Tesla are still not quite done with the development of the car, taking into consideration all of the gear installed in the cabin.

2012 Tesla Model S

As you certainly remember, the car will be out in mid-2012 and the top-spec 300M variant promises to provide a range of up to 300 miles (483 km) with just one charge. The power for the car is going to be provided by the 42 kWh lithium-ion battery which will drive an electric motor that will allow the Model S to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 5.6 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 125 mph.

Source: WCF

Tesla Grabs $100 Million Supply Deal With Toyota For RAV4 EV

Toyota RAV4 EV

Several days ago, Tesla Motors announced that they have reached an agreement with the Japanese automaker Toyota to supply powertrain equipment that is worth approximately $100 million. Initially, Toyota agreed to pay $60 million for the development work on the RAV4 EV’s motors and battery packs and has agreed to pay the additional funds for motors and packs to be used in a version of the car that will go into production in 2012.

This supply agreement will start from next year and ends in 2014, according to Tesla. Last year, Toyota acquired a 2.9% stake in Tesla. The latter will start the production of its highly anticipated Model S in mid-2012 at its factory where they’ll also going to make the motors and battery packs for the RAV4 EV.

Source: Tesla Motors via Automotive News

Tesla Model S Alpha Version Revealed

Tesla Model S Alpha

A few days ago, Tesla Motors unveiled a Model S Alpha prototype which is a near product-ready model that we will be seeing in the second half of next year. In comparison to the latest prototype we’ve seen, the Alpha version comes with a new front bumper and bigger front air intakes, even more beautiful than before.

Tesla Model S Alpha

Deliveries of the Tesla Model S will start in mid-2012 for the North American market while Europe will have to wait a couple of months. It will be available in three main variants, differentiated by the range. The top-spec model, dubbed Model S 300M will have a base price of about $77,400 and will come with the biggest battery pack available that should last approximately 300 miles (483 km).

Tesla Model S Alpha

The entry-level model, named 160M will offer a driving range of up to 160 miles (258 km) while the mid-range 230M will provide a driving range of 230 miles (307 km). The latter will be $10,000 less expensive than the 300M while the 160M will be $20,000 cheaper.

Tesla Model S Alpha

Source: Tesla Motors via WCF

Tesla Motors Raises $210 Million For Model X SUV

2012 Tesla Model S

Good news for those of you looking forward to seeing Tesla’s next year electric Model X sport utility vehicle. The company has managed to raise more than $200 million dollars this week in a follow-on public offering. Most of the money will be used for the development of the company’s third EV, the Model X, which will be out sometime next year. Tesla Motors priced its offering of the 5.3 million shares @ 28.76$ / share, which is considerably more than last year’s $19 / share.

At the moment there aren’t many details available about the upcoming Model X, but one thing that we know is that it will feature the same powertrain as the soon-to-be-released Model S. The company mentioned that they will become profitable when the Model S hits the market in 2012, but until then they needed the additional equity in order to ramp up the production for the green SUV.

Source: Tesla Motors via GreenCarReports

Tesla Roadster Driven for 62,137 Miles In Less Than 24 Months

I’m not a big fan of EVs, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Tesla Roadster. As you probably already found out, Tesla Motors will discontinue the Roadster later on this year, but I can’t seem to understand why. Anyway, the man you see in this photo is Hansjörg von Gemmingen who managed to drive his car for 62,137 miles (100,000 kilometers) in less than two years since he bought the Roadster.

He is a stockbroker that drives his car on a daily basis, filling up the batteries every night via his standard household outlet. This blue Roadster is the 83rd unit delivered in Europe and he said that he never had a problem finding a place to charge the batteries of the car. His mother-in-law, aged 82, installed a 240-volt (32-amp) at her house so that he could come and visit her more often.

Probably his most impressive journey was when he took the Roadster for a 497-miles trip to Berlin where Tesla owners organized a gathering in 2010.

Source: Carscoop

Tesla Roadster To Be Discontinued This Year

Tesla Roadster 2.5

I’m afraid we have some bad news for those of you that like the Tesla Roadster. It seems that the company has decided to stop making it starting with this December. This looks a little bit strange if we take into consideration that the Model S model will not be out until mid-2012. The automaker is probably thinking that they will survive on the remaining inventory of the soon to be discontinued Roadster model.

In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, aside from this announcement, Tesla mentioned that they will be unveiling a Model X concept later on this year and the production version should be out sometime in 2014. We don’t have many details to share, but expect to see a crossover of some sort.

Source: InsideLine via WCF

Top Gear Responds To Tesla’s Law Suit

Just a few days ago we’ve talked about the fact that Tesla Motors is suing BBC’s Top Gear because of their 2008 episode in which they’ve reviewed the Roadster model. The law suit claims that TG’s review of the vehicle was rigged and its assertion that the car does not even work in the real world had been decided even before Jeremy Clarkson drove the Roadster.

Tesla Is Suing Top Gear

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First I would like to say that I like Top Gear a lot and the Tesla Roadster is one of my favorite cars at the moment so I can’t really choose sides. Anyway, it seems that Tesla Motors is suing BBC and Top Gear for rigging the test/review (or whatever you’d like to call it) on the Lotus Elise-based Roadster.

The automaker filled a writ at the High Court as they believe that the Top Gear’s test is distorting reality and is biased. Their biggest complaint is with the part when the car apparently runs out of electricity and is being left in the garage to fill up its battery. I remember seeing that episode and Clarkson said that the Tesla Roadster is “not working in the real world”, a statement that is not true at all if you ask me.

More than that, Tesla Motors believes that the events in that episode were faked (quite a shock, isn’t it?) and that the Roadster’s brakes were not really broken. The funny thing is that rumors say that the company’s UK director was aware of the rigged review, before the episode was aired.

Source: DailyMail

Third-party Apps for Tesla Model S

Lately, more and more applications for smartphones were developed, so that the automotive industry could not have ignored those technological developments. Consequently, car applications are now in fashion. A few days ago, at Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, revealed the fact that the upcoming Model S electric sedan would be equipped with a supportive system for third-party applications and text-voice capabilities.

“We want people to develop car-specific applications [for the Model S],” he told the audience. “And text-to-speech technology can address some of the issues with driver distraction.”

So, what do you think about Tesla’s initiative?

[Source: Venturebeat]

Tesla Roadster Goes On Tour

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Motors is organizing the “Oz Goes Electric” tour with the aim of allowing fans from the eastern coast of Australia to get a closer glance at the sexy electric-powered sports car. The tour started yesterday and the car will journey 1,864 miles (3,000 km), which according to the automaker is the longest road trip made by an electric vehicle in Australia.

This tour will cover the states of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, and will feature test drive events, along with public displays of the car. In Victoria, the tour has been included in the local government’s Electric Vehicle Trail, a program created in order “to improve the awareness, understanding and acceptance of electric vehicles.”

The Tesla Roadster holds the production EV record for the distance covered on a single charge – a remarkable 311 miles (501 km), set in Australia back in 2009. Besides the great driving range and excellent looks, the car is also very fast, as it needs 4 seconds to reach 60 mph.

Source: Carscoop

Tesla S, On Sale In Mid-2012

Tesla Model S

Good news for those of you who are interested in buying the Tesla Model S. The first batch of deliveries will start in mid-2012 for the US market and later on that year in Europe. The first 1,000 units will be a “Signature Series” limited edition variant, featuring “an extensive complement of options” and special badging.

Tesla Model S

The car will be motivated by a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery that will be able to send power to an electric motor that allows the Model S to sprint from 0-60 mph in only 5.6 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h). The car will be able to travel for up to 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge.

Although the pricing list has not been finalized yet, the standard Model S 300M (300-miles range) will set you back about $77,400. There are going to be two other models, more affordable: the 230M (230-miles range) and the entry-level 160M (160-miles range) that will cost $67,400 and $57,400 respectively. If you live in the United States, you’ll benefit from a $7,500 government tax credit.

Tesla Model S

If everything goes as planned, the automaker will roll out 5,000 units of the Model S next year and their target for 2013 will be to deliver 20,000 units.

Source: Tesla

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