• Mar 26, 2009

Tesla Model S – Click above for high-res image gallery

Tesla has a big media event planned today at 12PM PST to unveil the new Model S sedan. That plan has been blow out of the water a bit thanks to social media mogul Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg.com, who has uploaded what appear to be a few official images of the all-electric sedan on his Flickr page. We get two views of the car's backside, which looks to crib design cues from modern day Jaguars and Aston Martins. The new XF comes most readily to mind, and while the Model S may be charged with being too heavily influenced by the leaping cat brand, that doesn't take away from the fact that it still looks stunning.

We also have a view of what appears to be an incomplete interior of the Model S, and the most striking element is a center stack comprised entirely of a screen. While we have no details on the car yet, it appears the Model S may feature configurable controls for most of the car's systems (HVAC, audio, etc.) on this large, touch-sensitive display.

Tesla has already revealed that the anticipated base price of the Model S will be $57,400, but will drop to below $50,000 with a federal tax credit of $7,500. We'll be at the unveiling later today and bring back live pictures of the Model S.



[Source: Flickr]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks entirely like the new mazda 6. From the rear to the window frames. Ehhh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep believeing that ChopperDave. The FCX may be a fuel cell vehicle, but its still ELECTRIC! The fuel cell produces.. HOLY CRAP! Electricty that powers an electric motor!

      Regardless of the RELATIVE toxicity of NiMH its still toxic and still must be disposed of and recycled in a certain way. Unarguable. Unless you have no problem turing your backyard into a NiMH dump site?

      You sound like a disgruntled Telsa purchaser. I suggest you get your money back and put into a real vehicle. Not some piece of crap that can go 100 miles before you need to recharge the vehicle. Oh crap thats right you still need electricty! Which is gotten from where? Holy crap a power plant! That puts out more pollution than a regular car.

      Open your f*ckin mind jackass! Realize that battery powered cars are NOT the way of the future. Its a step backwards! Limited mobility with a long recharge time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Arguing over Nimh is pointless, that is what hybrids are powered by (and the only toxic part of nimh is the nickel, which isn't really that toxic, and considering it can be 100% recycled profitably the environmental damage overall is probably less than the lead acid batteries everyone is driving around with today, which is very toxic).

        Anyways, this car is powered by lithium ion batteries, which are non-toxic. They are even landfill-safe. Of course they are also recyclable (though not profitably at the moment so you lose a couple hundred $ on the recycling fees, but you can extend the life of the battery for use in powerplant energy storage).

        On the subject of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Yes the drivetrain is electric, for which it deserves some kudos, since that is the most efficient drivetrain you can possibly get. But the problem is the fuel cells stack & hydrogen storage tank which makes it a car that not only costs $500k - $millions but also is less efficient since you lose roughly 40% of your energy in the fuel cell before it operates like a standard electric car.

        And stop giving that BS on how an electric car pollutes more than a normal car.
        Even on 100% coal (which is about as bad as you can get) it is slightly less than a conventional car. On the average grid it is better than a hybrid. On a clean grid like in CA it's a lot better. And given a hydrogen car is less efficient than an electric one, it pollutes even more. That means running on hydrogen generated by coal electricity, a hydrogen car is much worst than even a normal conventional car. How green is that?
        http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/04/plug-in-hybrid-cars-co2-emissions-electricity-energy.php
      • 5 Years Ago
      Slick for an electric vehicle. Does look like a Jag XF, but a bit more sincere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somebody needs to really lower the decibel level when trumpeting that tax credit. Few, if any Tesla customers will receive the entire $7500 credit due to IRS income restrictions and other tax code complexities.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So you guys seem to like it. I guess you should because Henrik Fisker penned it. So I wonder what happened to the rumor / lawsuit against Fisker claiming Tesla received a crappily designed car?

      • 5 Years Ago
      The tax credit is the only thing that will get people to buy this hunk of crap. Tesla has a terrible business model and this has been proven time and time again. Their cars will be relagated to the dust bin of history soon enough along with the Prius. Id rather have an FCX Clarity. That car shows real potential if not the way of the electric car. Batteries are lame and are very toxic even if disposed of properly. At this point, Honda has shown how to make the electric car no different from what you have today in the way of the freedom of driving.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Dave, you're dumb as hell, you're the kind of person that brought down the Big 3 with this type of crap. Pure nonsense, the Prius is a huge success since the late nineties, batteries can be recycled, and fuel cells are an efficiency-failure.

        Man, are you dumb..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey genius, the FCX is a fuel-cell vehicle. And the battery toxicity thing? Misinformation. NiMH batteries are recyclable. Read something recent, why don't you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, it took 49 posts for someone to dog the Volt. I know who will have the last laugh on that one though. Remember the Energizer Bunny commercials when the other toys crap out but the Rabbit just keeps going...and going........and going?
      • 5 Years Ago
      perddy!
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can clearly see ex-Mazdas Franz von Holzhausens influance in this model...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks good, but those MB SLR / Lorinser CLS wheels need to go, get you own wheel design! Aftermarket rims on a production car is a no no!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good, but I agree that the center console looks to be a bit... much. Am looking forward to seeing the rest of it.

      While I think cars like the Clarity are a part of the future, I hope cars like this and the Karma succeed. There's no rule that says we can't have more than one solution to a problem.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does everyone criticize the dash when it's obviously not even close to be finished?


      It's a beautiful car and I can't wait to see the finished version of this!
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