Tesla Motors
is close to rolling out the first Model S battery-electric five-doors from the company's Fremont, CA, plant, and customers who reserved the Model S Signature Series are already sending in their specification requests, indicating that the company will likely hit its July deadline for first deliveries.

Tesla has also added three colors – Piano Black, Lacewood and Banana Leaf – to its interior options and Internet connectivity will be an option on all cars, the company said in a letter to its prospective customers that was posted on its blog last week. Tesla also said it would personally deliver the cars to the location of the customer's choice.

The Model S, the second model from Tesla after the Roadster, will be priced starting at $57,400 for a version with a 160-mile single-charge range before the $7,500 tax credit goes into effect. A 300-mile-range version goes for about $77,000. Read here for Autoblog's "First Ride" impressions.

Earlier this year, Tesla said 2012 sales may triple last year's revenue of $204.2 million and forecast Model S sales at 5,000 units for this year. That's more than double the 2,100 of the $109,000 Roadsters that Tesla sold over the past four years.


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      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shut down the other assy line.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Off topic, but: I'm wondering why Tesla has these anti-aerodynamic wheels (look excellent, but cause lots of drag). I read that their optional aero wheels add something like 20 miles of range !
        Sasparilla Fizz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        At $1.25 a gallon (or less) for electricity good looking wheels are worth it. ;-)
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sasparilla Fizz
          I wanna buy electricity by the gallon! :D 'Yes ma'am, I will take 5 gallons of electricity.'
        DarylMc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        Hello Nick Perhaps something like these would do the trick. http://www.flickr.com/photos/electricraceabout/7005422421/in/set-72157629640577509
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        I doubt they make a 20 mile range difference. As you point out, they use these because people like the way they look. I'm sure they do lots of analysis on what parts they can and can't change w/o alienating people. As long as they provide a low cost aero option, that is fine. If people want to reduce their range to get a certain look that is fine. Just make sure the aerodynamic version is available.
          Grendal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          @Nick Who has said that their standard wheels aren't really aerodynamic? The aero wheels are just ulta-aerodynamic as far as I know. And personally, I'd buy the aero wheels because I'd want the most efficient.
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Spec / Grendal What makes you think there can't possibly be highly attractive wheel designs that are also highly aerodynamic? Since when does it have to be one or the other? It doesn't. "Aerodynamic 19” wheels are designed to reduce wind resistance. Disc-like in shape, they channel air along the sides of the vehicle and can add up to 5% range during highway driving." http://www.teslamotors.com/models/facts
          Anne
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          20 miles on the largest pack (300 miles) is only 7%. Sounds very plausible to me.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        Nick You make a great point with the 'why not aero and attractive?' People are willing to discount the two many times - especially when they are berating Dan's obsession with aero - however, aero can look good - as can anything. Think about it like this - the 1965 Continental - classic car, but shaped like a brick. The 1957 Chevy. The 30's Chord. The 1983 Thunderbird - aero for it's time, surrounded by bricks. BMW has had the same basic design since 1961 or so, and looks great, and the Porsche is roughly the same since the 1950's. Anything can look, good, if you work hard enough for it. Including aero.
          Grendal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I agree. I love aero. I wanted an Aptera. That's an ultra aerodynamic, hyper-efficient vehicle. I thought it looked great. I still think it looks great. They just didn't make it and toward the end went away from the ultra aerodynamic design anyway...
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          DAYUM RITE BRO !
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          :D
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick
        As a luxury car maker, most of their customers aren't in it for just the efficiency. The optional aero wheels are there for those customers that are in it for the efficiency. .22 Cd is really good. I'd guess that is the number with the aero wheels and I haven't read anywhere what amount is lost with the other designs.
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          I don't understand your equation of luxury car maker = customers don't care about efficiency. As a matter of fact, no more no less buyers care about efficiency than other EVs at lower prices. I drive a $90,000 car and greatly care about efficiency.
          Jason Allen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Nick: I think he means up to this point not many lux car buyers have told builders they want efficiency to trump looks.
          Grendal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          @Nick There aren't many efficient luxury cars. Luxury usually means you want a nice interior with lots of features. All of that usually adds extra weight, and the engine is usually larger as well because you want snappy accelleration. But certainly there are customers who want efficiency and a lot of them are buying the Model S because it is more efficient than their ICE luxury car. I'm not saying this to knock those people either, I was commenting on it from a marketing perspective. I can't say for certain but I doubt that people buying the aero wheels are a majority of the Model S customers. I would hope that 10-20% would get them. In a non-luxury EV the manufacturer will build the entire car around efficiency so efficiency is the prime selling factor (like the Aptera or the VLC). In the Model S; ride quality, performance, safety features, and looks, are all aspects of the car that have priority over efficiency. I'm just happy they have the aero wheels as an option for those customers that do want greater efficiency.
      Grendal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Piano Black, Lacewood and Banana Leaf are the wood trims on the interior, not the interior colors. Typical ABG lack of research... I posted this video on the Tesla Forum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUN3ddXo17M It's a very young kid talking about the Model S and the features he would want on his Model S. Also talks about his upcoming trip to New York to see his treasured car. Very cute - check it out - should bring a smile to your face...
        jkirkebo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        Hmm, is Piano Black actually wood ? I would suspect plastic, no point in using more expensive wood for a high gloss black finish.
          Grendal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jkirkebo
          Or as the kid in the video calls it "banana chunk leaf" trim. Maybe not wood but they are trim and not interior colors.
          Chris M
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jkirkebo
          Larz: Not all plastics come from oil, there are some being made from renewable materials such as plants. Aslo, we're seeing an increasing amount of plastic recycling being done. Not sure what type of plastics are being used here, though.
          Larz Larzen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jkirkebo
          Why hope that? Wood is a renewable. (most) Plastic is from evil Oil.
          Chris M
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jkirkebo
          "Banana Leaf" isn't exactly wood either, it's banana fibers embedded in resins. Looks real nice, though. It's the dashboard trim that they're talking about, whether it's wood or plastic composite.
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Such a beautiful car, great to hear they are getting close to sending job #1 down the line. I really, really hope Tesla tests the heck out of the software in the vehicle (with Musk's position at the other company he should know how critical and time consuming it is) - the S needs a Volt launch, not a Karma launch. Onward Tesla.
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sasparilla Fizz
        "the S needs a Volt launch, not a Karma launch." +1 to that. The roadster didn't have a lot of "extras" and the Model S really does. The roadster was very limited and so relatively easy to correct any problems. The Model S needs to avoid "issues" cropping up so they can focus on getting product out the door.
      FREEPAT75014
      • 3 Years Ago
      This said, your new 86KWH Battery with Improved Instant Power is an absolute "game changer" dream for me in this promissing EV space. If you can really bring such a thing to market this year, at a decent pricing, you'll have almost made the real EV car so many people are dreaming of, and not necessairely the green ones by the way. You will only need to add the MISSING Range Extender, at least as an option, at least on Model X, to get my vote, my money and my love too (assuming reliable and confortable smart cars of course).
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FREEPAT75014
        Tesla has said they are going to focus on making the best EV they can. They have no plans to add an extender to their cars. It makes good business sense as well. Gas engines are very complex machines and Tesla has no ability to outdo other manufacturers that are experts in that field. There plan is to focus on what they can do better than everyone else. If you insist on driving more than 1000KM non-stop, in a day, then an EV is probably not the car for you. At some point GM will probably make an SUV with their Voltec technology and that might suit your needs. It'll probably be a few years before that happens though...
          JakeY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          @Jason Hendler For something with low power requirements (like a forklift), a fuel cell makes sense. For a "range extender" it doesn't make much sense because of the cost (a fuel cell that has an onboard reformer will cost more too). Plus that is still out of Tesla's area of expertise (they would need to rely on third parties for much of the engineering work; that hasn't worked out too well for Fisker).
          Chris M
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Hendler: There are fuel cells that can run directly on hydrocarbon fuels without the need for a bulky and efficiency robbing fuel reformer. They're not quite ready for automotive use, however, research and development is continuing. If a reliable gasoline or CNG fuel cell comes onto the market that is cost effective and reliable enough for automotive use, I suspect Tesla - and almost every other auto makers - will consider using it as a range extender.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          I cannot express how pleasant it is to read someone suggest that Tesla (of all companies! Maker of the purest BEV...) consider using a fuel cell as a range extender - and then, *and then!* - instead of being instantly attacked and/or dismissed as an anti-BEV conspirator, there is a rational acceptance that while current fuel cell tech might not be adequate, that in the near future there is the potential to incorporate a fuel cell of some flavor! (polite applause) Well done, gentlemen, you're beginning to make me proud! Perhaps Tesla will indeed remain a BEV purist, but no doubt that other companies are indeed working towards producing electric vehicles that will use fuel cells as range extenders, and will have them commercially available in the next few years: Hyundai, Mercedes, Toyota, GM, Nissan, et al.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Mitsubishi's Outlander plug in hybrid is coming this year. It's a small SUV.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          While I agree completely that Tesla Motors can't compete with the major's using an engine as a range extender, there is no reason why they couldn't compete using a fuel cell range extender that reforms gasoline, alcohol and/or diesel (maybe even natural gas). There are companies with production fuel cells going into forklifts, etc., that Tesla could splice into their design. That said, I believe that Tesla Motors will continue to bank on improvements in battery energy / power density increases and cost decreases to mainstream their vehicles, as well as sales of systems and components to automakers that can't afford to develop their own EV tech.
        Jason Allen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FREEPAT75014
        You want a fisker, tesla is doing it ALL ELECTRIC and it is best that way. Your 'needs' are extreme enough that no bev maker will fulfill them, it's just not what tesla wants to do. Ask until you are blue in the face, or until you get carpel-tunnel but tesla will never put an ICE of any kind in their cars. Btw, if you want to tell tesla something you should go to their site and they should at least read it. I've seen questions get answered on their site/blog. But you'll be wasting your time because I just told you what their business model is, no ICE's ever. I wish you luck in finding green solutions for your immense driving needs.
          FREEPAT75014
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jason Allen
          Jason, thanks a lot, I get all your points, but all I'm asking for is a full EV based "real car" that can truely replace my current real BMW ICE car, and give me the same freedom. Nothing more. This is the only thing I can call "progress", and I won't pay more for "regression", even if that regression is called "Green" and hyped beyond human brain can accept hype, especially when this would be impacting my life style. Unless I'm obliged to, but we're still far from that today. Plus I don't think the "Pure Electric Generators ICE engines" required for Full EV-based driving trains as their "Range Extender" will be the same ICE engines that won on the full-ICE side so far. Not having to tract the car at any time, they could now run at constant speed and almost constant torque, and this puts back into this new ICE engines game, some technos that did not work for the full ICE cars, but that could get a new life in EV cars as pure generators, like the micro Gaz Turbines for ex. Plus do not forget that being "non tracting", these ICE RE engines will need # no gearbox, # no transmission for themselves, only electric cables connecting them to the batteries and the electrical engines tracting the car. My beloved German brands have so much to protect in the old ICE drive trains space, that it leaves a huge room for EV vendors to partner with Micro Gaz Turbines companies already doing such things for pure power generators today. The Jaguard prototype last year inspired me with that approach. Add the 86KWH Tesla battery with the electric engines that go with it, and put all that in a BMW X6 like SUV, and we're done. So you may call me dreamer, but I won't take never as the final word here. I agree Karma is closer to my whishes, but yet they did not come out with an 86KWH battery pack providing enough (high) instant power to fully tract the car on electric engines as far as I understood it.
      FREEPAT75014
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please Tesla, add an effective Range Extender to your Model X, ideally a Micro Gas-Turbine or other smaller size engines optimized for pure Electrical Generator = non-tracting engine, best efficiant at constant speeds...etc, but still RELIABLE. I really dream to buy one of your future models, favouring Model X, to replace my current beloved BMW 530DA, within 1 year or 2 maxi, but I won't buy an EV without a Range Extender in Europe, even when you'll reach nirvana 130KWH = 600KM full Electric Range Batteries in following models, since on my vacation trips I want still be FREE to do >1000KM per day, even in smaller countries and out of the main cities, where in 20 years from today there will still be no convenient / guarantied "on and available" charging locations. So Please add a Range Extender OPTION for me at least on your WONDERFULL Model X....
        markrogo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FREEPAT75014
        This is never happening... and thank god it isn't. Please support Fisker, Chevrolet and other plug-in hybrid makers (they matter, too). Tesla is saying, 'We're skipping that technology because we believe a sub-$3000 all electric is viable at some point in the not-horribly-distant future and this is a steppingstone." A vehicle that will support 99% of all auto trips is what they're after. And with supercharger stations and 300 mile range, that figure is likely to reach 99.9% in a similar timeframe.
          EVnerdGene
          • 3 Years Ago
          @markrogo
          errr $30,000 that's a tough'un when you've got a $30,000 battery pack on board butt, I'm looking forward to it also I'd rather have a $30k Roadster
        Peter Muller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FREEPAT75014
        Everyone is entitled to their ideas on what they want in a car, however I am a bit puzzled by your desire to be able to drive 1000km A DAY! I live in Belgium, and only twice in my life did I decide I was going to drive 1000KM in one day... it turned out to be a dangerous and probably stupid idea.. even if road conditions are good.. you need over 8 hours to drive that far, and that, in my humble opionion, is dangerous if you do it non stop. So that brings us back to sensible distances and the amount of times you drive them.. even going to Spain, thats once a year. Perhaps renting a tradional gas car for those really long rides would be a better solution. I do wonder, however, how far the new Model S will go at at continuous 100Km/h on a German motorway? I tries the Nissan Leaf, and found I could not manage 90km at continuous 100km/h, which put a prompt end to that purchase plan. Lets hope that one of the Model S variants does a better job.
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter Muller
          Peter Muller Kauf dir dann einfach einen Opel Ampera, da kannst du elektrisch fahren und mit dem benzin motor dann noch viel weiter ohne anzuhalten.
          Tim W.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter Muller
          If the range/speed curves are similar to the Roaster* for the Model S, then a steady 55 MPH will get you the advertised range, and driving 62 MPH will be ~80% of that range ... so 128, 184, or 240 miles, depending on battery size. = 206, 296, 386 km. These are likely conservative estimates given that the S has a Cd of 0.28 vs the Roadster's 0.35 * http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/roadster-efficiency-and-range
        EJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FREEPAT75014
        "on my vacation trips I want still be FREE to do >1000KM per day" Save yourself some long term money and put those miles on a rental. Paying for a range extender you use a couple times a year does't make any sense. The money you'll spend in maintenance over the ICE's lifetime, and the reduced mileage when you sell, will far exceed the cost of renting for your vacations.
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EJ
          It reminds me of people buying trucks "just in case they have to move something" which is about once a year, where they could just easily rent a U-Haul van !
        Anne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FREEPAT75014
        Oh, and, btw, FREEPAT, can I borrow your crystal ball someday? Pleeeaaaasssseeee Since it already told you that 1000 km battery packs and/or fast chargers and/or battery swap will not be widely available in 2032. I'd like you to share some of your knowledge about the future with me.
        Anne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FREEPAT75014
        Don't you stop for lunch?
      marcopolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's great to see Tesla making progress to ultimately releasing the model 'S'. Equally great is Elon Musk's insistence that the 'S' be fully tested and trouble free, with exacting quality control. This makes all the difference between a quality manufacturer and a start-up. I am really looking forward to the release, of the first successful new US automobile manufacturer in the best part of 80 years!
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