Tesla Motors
is close to rolling out the first Model S electric five-doors from the company's Fremont, California 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 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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      wtrmlnjuc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, you're using the picture of the Model S Concept (2009). The new Model S looks a bit different.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope it will be a great success.
      dreadcthulhu01
      • 2 Years Ago
      For those complaining this is a "rich person" car, remember that BMW sold more than 50,000 5-series last year; Mercedes managed to sell more than 60,000 E-class cars; and those are just for the US. There are plenty of Americans who can afford a car in that size/price range. So it ends up being more of an "upper-middle class" car.
        Generic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dreadcthulhu01
        Also, Elon Musk wants to create an affordable car for the masses, but you gotta start from some place. I think he's doing a pretty good job seeing to started from absolutely nothing. I think the HDTV analogy was pretty good. They were introduced in the mid 90s and cost a LOT. Most people probably didn't get one till 10+ years later. Many still don't have one. Tesla is doing something the major auto makers refused to do and they have a really good chance at making it a huge success. 10 years from now, they might cost 25,35K and many more people will have them.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Generic
          True. The same kind of HDTV that would have cost $10,000 a decade ago now cost no more than a couple grand, and it has trickled down to inexpensive $500 units as well.
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Generic
          Makes more sense for a small company like this to go premium anyway. They don't have the production capacity to make a substantial profit on a cheaper car, they're running mostly more expensive new tech, and there's no way they could compete with established companies on a price point. Besides, they're doing the Rav4 EV for Toyota, that will be cheaper.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      $50,000 is a rich man's car but $250,000 isn't rich? Which is it?
      1STH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fisker >> the scam that is Tesla.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @1STH
        Nope, Fisker is the scam. Tesla is onto something.
          1STH
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          naaaah......Tesla is full of it. Fisker is run by REAL automotive people (Henri Fisker, Tom La Sorda).....Tesla is run by a lying narcissist and are never able to back up any of their claims of product development.....
          wtrmlnjuc
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          Tesla is run by REAL automotive people as well, 1STH. They have a lead designer from Mazda, equipment specialists from the people who were former employees of those suppliers to help maintain that equipment, manufacturing line people from the people who used to work at NUMMI (which is now the Tesla manufacturing plant), and a load of engineers, including Mr. Musk himself. You literally cannot be below a certain level of intelligence if you want to be hired into Tesla. And Tesla is the only manufacturer so far West side that has a very competent knowledge in the manufacture and design of electric vehicles, unlike Fisker. Also, Tesla is creating a pure EV, Fisker is creating an extended range hybrid, also known as a fancier, sexier, Volt. Elon Musk is not a lying "narcissist" as you describe him. He heads the development of both SpaceX (which as already successfully launched its own, self-built spacecraft - Dragon - INTO SPACE, planning a manned voyage sometime soon), and Tesla Motors (which has produced the Tesla Roaster, helped both Toyota and Daimler in developing electric powertrains, and created Model S 'beta' testing prototypes for - wait for it - testing as well as for demonstration purposes; are starting production of the Model S, and is also into the development of the Model X). Most of Tesla's money comes in through partnerships, private investors, and from Elon Musk's own money himself. He has invested heavily into his own startups.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @1STH
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      Slipstream
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the "bricked battery" a dealer installed option or does is it factory-installed? Steve
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Slipstream
        You can't prevent people from being stupid. Plenty of engines in regular cars are ruined every day because people forget to change the oil.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Slipstream
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        wtrmlnjuc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Slipstream
        The "bricked battery" problem is due to the neglect of the customer refusing to charge their vehicle for a very long period of time, even though the manual specifically advises AGAINST it.
      SooooRight
      • 2 Years Ago
      great cars for the rich and famous, otherwise, major yawnage.
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        You only have as much money as you spend. I'm not saying that the lower class could afford one of these, but there is no reason that the "average" American family couldn't MAYBE live in a slightly smaller home, take less vacations and stop buying frivolous crap in the name of owning a car which helps reduce the consumption of oil in the country.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rob J
          Well said. Besides they may cost more up front but they cost a lot less than a gas car to run. No gas (the electricity is about 8 times less cost), no oil changes, it doesn't have a transmission (so no transmission repairs), no tune ups, no air filters, no additives, you use brakes a lot less but eventually you'd need to replace the pads, and the main thing you'd need to replace are tires.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        They're starting from a small market, then advancing to appeal to a larger market. Like HDTVs, electric cars won't come cheap at first, but will soon be a commodity.
        AddLightness
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        Idk about that.. plenty of dudes blow close to 50k on their big loaded crew cab 4x4 trucks..
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      the one with a 300 mile range, and you can set upto 6 sounds like it would be worth owning. I think it looks a ton better than other battery cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Generic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tesla. Building and selling top dollar hand built electric cars GM said no one wanted. Keep up the good work.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Generic
        The Model S will be made using an assembly line which is why it is half the price of the Roadster.
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        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        I guess a $50k is rich for somebody that measures their beer by the 6-pack. By the way, the national average car price is around $29k, so this is just a step up from that. Certainly not an AMG-priced anything.
      robespierex
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw one of these at the local mall... It looks great in person, and there was a lot of buzz. I think, with this level of style, it has an amazingly bright future.
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