A Tesla Model S for hoi polloi? Not quite, but the luxury electric vehicle maker apparently has started deliveries of its "middle-ground" sedans fitted with 60-kWh batteries, Green Car Reports says, citing threads from the online Tesla Motors car club.

Tesla hasn't yes confirmed 60-kWh Model S deliveries, which has a base price of $62,400. That's a $10,000 "discount" from the 85-kWh versions already on the road. The trade-off is a single-charge range that's about 75 miles less than the 285-mile range of the top-of-the-line battery. For buyers who want to spend even less, the better news is that Tesla's 40-kWh version should start deliveries by the middle of 2013, offering a single-charge range of about 145 miles (and no Supercharging) for another $10,000 less.

Earlier this month, Automotive News reported that Tesla was on the verge of hitting full production capacity of 400 new vehicles a week, about double Tesla's pace three months ago. The Model S won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award last November.


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      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am seeing more and more Model S cars out on the road now (in silicon valley). They are definitely getting them out to customers. I hope having them out there attracts new customers as other people get to see, experience, and ask about the Model S cars out on the road. Of course, the price limits the market size but there are a lot of people around here that can afford them.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, and for anyone who picks up on the implication above that I am seeing fewer Roadsters now. I am seeing fewer Roadsters now. Many Roadster owners are switching to Model Ses it seems. I don't know if they are selling their Roadsters or just not driving them, but the number on the road is down now around me. I doubt Tesla sees this as a cause for concern. ;)
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Okay. Now it's 4000? That's double your initial guess. That's a huge difference. Which is it? 2000 or 4000? You're allowed to fudge the number a bit, but double is pushing it. And the Canadians Signatures (177) have all gone out. General production for Canadians have been contacted for a March/April delivery. So not all cars are in the US.
      Electron
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 60KWh battery pack will save you a cool $10K over the 85KWh I suppose. But you're not just sacrificing 25KWh but also standard fast charge capability. Since most owners probably want that and its a $2000 option on the 60KWh version at the end of the day the 25KWh is only $8K extra. That makes the case for the 60KWh version pretty weak.
        JakeY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Electron
        60kWh gives you a better "range/capacity" ratio (AKA it's more efficient). If the range is more than enough for them it's still worthwhile, esp. if they don't care about the supercharging (not everyone does). It's a waste of money if they never use the extra range in the 85kWh pack (esp. if it's still the case even factoring in degradation as the battery ages).
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      @Giza/Dan. The earnings report comes out on February 11th. http://www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ:TSLA On the right side under "Events" for the company.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool. What's the supercharging rate on these lower capacity models? Can they still charge at 90kW? ABG: the range of the top-of-the-line battery is not 285 miles. You've confused some figures. The top battery is 265 miles (in range mode), 300 miles at 55mph. You seem to have stuck the "85" from the battery size in place of the 265 you meant.
        JakeY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Someone picked up their 60kWh at the factory in Fremont and drove down to LA, using the superchargers. His two charging sessions was 150 miles (176-26mi) / 45 minutes and 119 miles (159-40mi) / 30 minutes. http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/11754-First-60kWH-delivery-notice-or-email-who-will-it-be/page43?p=259860&viewfull=1#post259860 85kWh pack typically charges ~160 miles / 45 minutes. All the miles referenced above are EPA rated miles (not the miles that Tesla used to get 300 miles for the 85kWh pack). So the 60kWh probably charges a bit slower once you consider it gets more miles per kWh (208 mi/60kWh = 3.467mi/kWh vs 265mi/85kWh = 3.117mi/kWh). If someone with a 60kWh takes a picture of the screen while the car is charging, then we'll know for sure what power it is charging at.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @JakeY
          That's very cool how the increased efficiency balances the reduced (in kW) charge rate a bit. The Honda Fit, while not having DC charging, benefits from this too. It's very high efficiency and a 6.6kWh charger means it charges very fast off a standard charger.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Already one on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=111008430938
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        Looks like they are trying to make a enough extra scratch to pay for the 85kWh version.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Profit margin will be hard to decipher from this quarterly report. Their financials will be rather harsh this quarter. A company which is increasing deliveries so rapidly in such a capital intensive business will have a hard time turning an operating profit. Tesla is no exception. But unless their line of orders disappears, every expenditure on parts and other expenses this quarter will pay off in the next year or so. It's good to have a product that is in demand and right now Tesla has one. Tesla reported their annual figures on Feb 27 in 2011 and March 3rd in 2012. So I think you both will have to wait a month longer to settle this argument.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Elwood P. Dowd from "Harvey": "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not making it up. Canadian Signatures have gone out and the owners are driving them. Here is a page from one of the Canadian threads on the TMC where they discuss driving in the cold (2nd half of the page). http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/10392-Canadian-Signature-discussion/page45
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Grendal, in your haste to be a fool, you succeeded. If my guess was 2000 cars then I'm not going to bet big money that it's below 2000, am I. This is one of those opportunities for you to apologize for being wrong.
      A_Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks!
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