• Jan 12, 2011
Tesla Model S – Click above for high-res image gallery

More than 3,000 people have raised their hand to proclaim they want a Tesla Model S, and their long wait for an electric sedan is nearing an end – delivery of the four-door will reportedly begin in the second quarter of 2012. The price of the Model S will lie somewhere between $49,000 and $60,000 and Tesla is planning on an annual production run of 20,000 units.

The Tesla Model S is a rear-wheel drive, four-door electric sedan powered by 7,000 lithium-ion batteries. With the cost of batteries coming down over time, Tesla expects to turn a tidy profit from Model S sales.




[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      this car is downright gorgeous but tesla still has to prove if they can build a car from the ground up. the model s prototype i got to see was terribly built
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure if they're building this one from the ground up by themselves, it looks an awful lot like the Lotus Eterne.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just drove past a brand new Tesla dealership under construction on Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, California. Maybe this car will actually go into production? Mid-2012 seem like a long way off though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Model S is a great-looking car, but the proof is in the doing. The first 90% is easy to do- look at how many boutique manufacturers are out there. It's that last 10% that is so difficult and costly to achieve. It's like buying a Gumpert or Ascari versus a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Anyone who goes into this thinking they're getting a vehicle as well-sorted as one from a major manufacturer is going to be in for a rude surprise. Those who are willing to accept a few rough edges will be rewarded with ownership of a very unique vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always thought I'd go for the Fisker but this beauty has me thinking. My goal is to have an electric daily driver and then a track toy that I don't have to care about (or feel guilty about) crappy gas mileage. So glad electric cars don't have to be boring little shoeboxes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Fisker = 50-mile range?

        Lame.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a beautiful car and I would definitely buy one. What could be more fun than driving it through the desert for hundreds of miles like that, far from everyone......oooh wait. 200 mile range, right? Nevermind
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is right up there with Huck Finn as one of the greatest stories ever told.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great to see a 'release date' as I really look forward to seeing the car on the street, but a bit concerned by the 'overwhelming' 3,000 deposits.

      Based on the planned annual production of 20,000, that's less than 2 months of production for a car that's been available for preorder for quite a while.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This and Fisker's sedan are pretty-sweet looking rides. I really, really hope these are not our tax dollars and investors cash wasted on buying vapourware.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @renspecom
        Well, 2012 is only 1 year away now and it still looks pretty good right now and it's not like things are gonna change drastically in a year.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It'll be dated, technology wise for sure. There will be cars announced in 2012 that make this thing look like an EV1.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why the concern for private investors?
        • 3 Years Ago
        wanted: Maybe I am one or know a few of them?

        If theirs or anybody's money goes down the tank it will skunk-up the investment world regarding electric cars and make it just that much harder for future upstarts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you can buy something, that automatically classifies it as not vaporware.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can easily buy something that is vaporware. It stops being vaporware when the product physically exists.

        Give me $5,000 today and by 2015 I'll give you an 4 door electric sedan that goes 0-60 in 4 seconds with a range of 300+ miles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At the rate Fisker is going, Tesla will have Model S on sale before the Karma.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Is anyone afraid of these cars already looking dated by the time it hits in 2012?"

        Look at Cadillac's entire lineup, based on the oh-so-modern creased look that was born (and should have died with) the Mercury Cougar of over a decade ago.

        After a brief renaissance, we're at a trough in automotive styling. Hopefully BMW has bottomed out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is anyone afraid of these cars already looking dated by the time it hits in 2012? I know some of you will have the "HELL NO" reaction, but I feel like I've seen images of the Model S and Karma for quite some time now ... plausibly long enough for some to not notice/care the first time they see one of these driving down the freeway as a production car.

        Just a thought.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Is anyone afraid of these cars already looking dated by the time it hits in 2012"

        Yes, because having a distinct, attractive, HIGH PROFILE car being advertised for a couple years before its release is really gonna tank sales. They should change it up so nobody can recognize it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB are you having some trouble to find the proper size ratio for this picture?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great just in time for the end of the world
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