Tesla Model S Electric Sedan unveiled : Photos & Trailer

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Recently, at the Consumer Electronics Show a sneak preview was provided by Tesla of its new reasonably priced electric car, the Tesla Model S. The electric carmaker backed by Toyota Motor Corp. and Daimler AG, Tesla Motors Inc. has already started road tests of its Model S sedan since the company works on the way to a deadline of selling the battery-powered vehicle by next year almost in the second quarter of 2012. Tesla Motors anticipates producing nearly 20,000 units yearly and for the Model S it has booked over 3,000 reservations in North America and Europe.

Tesla S Electric Sedan unveiled : Photos & Trailer

Photo source: from flickr, by stshank

It is explained by Tesla that there will be both Alpha and Beta versions of its Model S sedan prior to it finally settles on a production model to make obtainable to the public. In the last year, the Alpha version of its Model S first initiated testing however the public is just now getting its first glance at the test vehicle. In different climate conditions, Tesla Motors will carry on with Alpha testing all through 2011 and in later this year or early next year will probably move on to the Beta phase.

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Traditional welding and riveting will be included in construction techniques. Using high-tech adhesive systems some elements will be fastened to save weight. Also these bonding construction methods are used for the Jaguar XJ and Audi A8, both measured lightweight vehicles in their relevant classes.

In June 2008 the Model S was declared as the less-expensive, higher-volume sedan to chase the Roadster and Roadster Sport and at a press conference on March 26, 2009 the prototype vehicle was displayed. Since deliveries began in February 2008, Tesla has sold about 1,500 Roadsters and Roadster Sport models through 14 dealers.

The 4,000-pound Model S can move from a standstill to 60 mph in only 5.5 seconds and will have a driving range of up to 300 miles. For battery packs, three options are included in the Model S that let customers to choose from a standard 160 miles per charge, to upgraded arrays capable of 230 and 300 miles per charge. The Tesla S electric sedan’s preliminary pricing is $57,400 before a $7,500 federal tax credit. $50 million is invested by Toyota in Tesla Motors. All upcoming Tesla models will be produce at the previous NUMMI plant in Freemont, Calif. by Tesla with Toyota.

Tesla S electric sedan photos:

Tesla S Electric Sedan unveiled : Photos & Trailer

Image source: from flickr, by jurvetson

Tesla S Electric Sedan unveiled : Photos & Trailer

Photo courtesy: from flickr, by JoelnSouthernCA

Tesla S Electric Sedan unveiled : Photos & Trailer

Image source: from flickr, by jurvetson

Tesla Model S showcased @CES2011 video from youtube:

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