• Nov 24, 2006

Following the enthusiastic response from its electric Roadster (pictured), Tesla Motors is working on a sedan. The new four-door model is tipped to share similar dimensions and performance with the BMW 5-Series, which, as the benchmark sports sedan, is a pretty ambitious target.

The Tesla sedan will have the electric motor and batteries up front, sending power down the rear wheels. Two powertrain options are expected to be on offer, the smaller featuring a range of 200 miles, and a more powerful version with a 300-mile range. Unlike the Roadster, with a Lotus-built aluminum structure, the sedan is expected to be made of steel. Tesla figures on building 10,000-20,000 sedans each year and will be sold globally.

Along with the sedan, the roadster will undergo an update by 2010, at which point the more powerful engine from the higher-end sedan will also likely be offered in the two-door, giving it some serious punch.

It's a pretty shrewd move on Tesla's part to have made the Roadster first, in the process garnering some excitement over a sportscar before branching out into more practical applications.

[Source: PistonHeads]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looked at the Tesla website today. I found out that Tesla will not market (sell) their Roadster in Canada. What gives. Don't us Canadians deserve a good looking Electric Car in Canada as well? Oh yes, the price could be a little cheaper as well. I'll be here waiting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So long Big Oil, so long, your new boss is Power & Light. Haha. How many more attempts will "Big Oil" make to kill electric propulsion before they realize they're going nowhere? You guys just can't do it. Bye the way, in case you guys didn't already notice, I work "for" the Electrical Industry. Big Oil will soon be answering to us. LOL!!!

      Yea and your electric bill will go up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Tesla figures on building 10,000-20,000 sedans each year and will be sold globally."

      That's a serious capital requirement, I hope they can do it. BTW - does anyone here know what - if any - proprietary technology Tesla motors has patented?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Higher end? Doesn't the roadster cost something like 100k? That means the price of the sedan will be over 200k.
      I don't know how much of a market we have for family sedans there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tesla Car company is picking up the ball where GM dropped it when they discontinued their EV1.

      Imagine the possibilities If Tesla Car company were to team up with Magnetic Power Inc. http://www.magneticpowerinc.com/
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks for your article, though we can't comment on its accuracy. Tesla Motors has stated that there will be follow-on vehicles beyond the roadster (10 of which have been built - and no, Tesla Motors haven't given any magazine a "week" with the vehicle). By using electricity generated from solar panels, Tesla Motors roadster may be energy neutral. No final decisions have been made on which vehicles will be built, nor on their configuration. Building vehicles is not an instantaneous process, even when some off-the-shelf parts are used. For more information, please visit http://www.teslamotors.com .
      • 8 Years Ago
      read the link before price speculations go crazy...

      "The company reckoned that new battery technology means it will be able to sell two versions of the car in the UK. The £30,000 entry-level car will offer similar output to the 185kW Roadster with a 200 mile range, while the £40,000 luxury variant gets more powerful batteries and a 300 mile range between charging stops."

      Thats 57,000 and 77,000.

      Im sold. Put me down for a 57k 200 miles sedan...
      • 8 Years Ago
      12. Barney

      Re: "I know electricity is expensive in Canada and assume it's very cheap elsewhere."

      I can't speak for any other location but electricity in Ontario is presently around 6 or 6 1/2 cents per KWhr.
      DRenvironmentalist
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cannot wait for this one to come out! I can see it parked on my driveway.... G'bye oil, welcome to GREEN, yeah! This is so much greater of an alternative than the Lexus flagship hybrid with a sticker price of $100,000... I am literally salivating! GO TESLA
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seeing what they have done with the Tesla roadster I am guessing they will just buy 10000-20000 vehicles from some manufacture (maybe even BMW) and rework them some and sell them as Tesla's. BMW already does this with there 6 series, Volga being the most recent.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Perhaps they should start with a 2+2, coupe befor they build a sedan...?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hate to be the pessimist here, but I'd say Tesla has just committed itself to getting WAY over-extended. The roadster was easy, given the Lotus chassis they had to work with. But this one, is is going to be a whole new car? If so, they're heading down a heck of a rough road.
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