• Mar 8th 2011 at 10:27AM
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Tesla recently held a celebration in honor of its newest store, located in Milan, Italy. At the event, customers and company-folk mingled while chatting about their favorite electric car company. One of the key talking points was the upcoming Model S, and Tesla took the opportunity to answer a few questions.

Deliveries of the North American-market Tesla Model S are scheduled to begin in the mid-2012. The first 1,000 vehicles peeled off the assembly line will be Signature Series cars, which means they're fitted with 300-mile range batteries and identifying options. Once the Signature Series run has been sold, Tesla will continue to produce 300-mile range cars while optional 230-mile and 160-mile Model S sedans will follow later in the year.

The base 160-mile range Tesla Model S will start at $57,000, but a $7,500 tax credit will cut that price to $49,500. Stepping up to the 230-mile range Model S will add $10,000 to the bottom line. The range-topping 300-mile Model S adds $20,000 to the base price. Tesla plans to produce 5,000 units in 2012 before going full-tilt in 2013 with a 20,000 vehicle production run.

Not limited to just the North American market, Tesla will being selling the Model S in Europe during the latter half of 2012. By the middle of 2013, the company will have a right-hand-drive version for the rest of Europe and Asia. Those launches will also features the Signature Series edition.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Kicks the Volt's ass in every category. Anyone paying a dealer markup to purchase the bland Volt should have their head examined.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For me it's all about value. $57000 for a Model S is good value in my opinion. The car is priced to compete against luxury cars and does well in that regard. The Volt is not a luxury car and is priced in the low $40000 range. Not good value in my opinion. For a pure electric a 160 range in the base is very good. The Volt has 35 mile range on it's battery before it needs to use its gas engine. Plus the looks are better, the performance, etc..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, yeah, every category except affordability, ability to go distances, interior refinement and flexibility to use if you can't put in a high amperage power outlet to your garage (if you use a 220V/30A dryer circuit it will take over 14 hours to charge the initial 300 mile model fully).

        Except for that, it's a slam dunk.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car will do very well. I wonder if they will offer the charging pad as an option for plug free charging in your garage. It makes sense at this luxury/price range.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what's not mentioned that I'm really curious about is charge time. Do all 3 batteries charge fully in the same time, or do the smaller batteries charge faster? If there is a difference in charge times, what are they? That could make a huge difference to usability and whether the 300 mile car is really $20k more useful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Depends on your charging circuit. Few chargers you find will be rated for the fastest charge rates Tesla supports. A regular level 2 charger will vary in charge time, from about 8 hours for the short range model to 14 for the long range model. A Tesla-specific level 2 charger will probably shave about half the time off these figures.

        Tesla has said they will support DC (faster) charging, but they haven't been real specific yet. I'm sure they'll haul out the "80% charge in 30 minutes" stuff, but how realistic it is to charge at a rate of 160kW isn't really worked out yet I don't think.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will be the first luxury electric vehicle that is priced right, has the needed range, the looks, and the practicality to be someone's primary vehicle. The timing looks right as well, with gas prices shooting up and unrest in the middle east. I hope they sell one million of these things, and the United States becomes energy independent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is THE ONE electric car that i would buy... but i'd need to buy a house first with a garage to charge it lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a great idea to offer different mileage abilities at different price points. Not everyone needs a 300 mile range, and those who do should pay for that ability while those who don't should pay less.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, anyone paying just $15K less for a Volt is a dolt (hey that rhymes!)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oops, crossed the miles and numbers. If it's 1000 Signatures, that's an even higher hurdle.

        OTOH, if they're actually making 5k in year 1, then it'll be roses after the first 3 or 4 months.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks nice. The chances of ever seeing one on the road however, are about the same as being pulled over by a State Trooper in a Carbon E7 police cruiser.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A car costing nearly $60K is a luxury item and should not get taxpayer assistance.

      This stupidity needs to stop.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Tesla should rename it the Illusion. Because that's what it still is.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is amazing and I love to see performance, style and practically all fused together. Oh yea, it pulls us away from oil dependence. Win, win, win.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Obviously better looking than the Volt. Volt is more practical though. Can always just fill that up with more gas.

      Why does AB always represent the tax credit as if it's a rebate that's going to come right off the price of cars? The person is still paying 57k til it comes to tax time and they take the take the credit when filing their taxes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tata should buy Tesla. This would make a great addition to the Jaguar lineup (since it looks EXACTLY like the 2016 XF) and the only change would be to put the Jag face on the grille.
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