Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Tesla Model S
Your Space-Age Chariot Awaits You....
It's almost here. The sleek, fast, zero-emissions electric car that will make today's hybrids seem like...the Tin Lizzie.
Production of the much-anticipated Tesla Model S (which stands for sedan) is scheduled to begin in 2012. It can seat five adults and two children, since the bulky combustion engine has been removed for a much slimmer, entirely electric engine. Besides the roomy interior, this car features many exciting and innovative concepts, including its appearance. While the Toyota Prius was the first mass-produced, gas/electric hybrid, (as well as the current top-selling Japanese car), it's hard to deny that it is....ugly. Tesla Motors has recognized this atrocious trend in "green" cars and has dealt with it accordingly. "People don't want to sacrifice anything, including style, to own an efficient car," states Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen on the Tesla webpage.
The Model S is anything but ugly, and it doesn't lag in the performance department, either. It is a purely electric car, not a hybrid, yet it can accelerate from 0 mph to 60 in 5.6 seconds. You can choose the battery pack that best suits your mileage needs: 160, 230, or 300. Swapping the battery is touted to take approximately one minute.
The interior of the car has a 17-inch touchscreen with 3G connectivity for easy GPS navigation and browsing capabilities. There is a refundable $5,000 reservation fee to place an order for the Model S. The base price of the car is $49,000, including a $7,500 tax credit.
The story behind Tesla Motors as a company is quite interesting and worth reading:
The Tesla Motors website has more information about the Model S and their first all-electric car, the Roadster, at: http://www.teslamotors.com/