Tesla Model S Alpha prototype built and rolling?

2012 Tesla Model S – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been almost two years since we caught our first glimpse of Tesla's sweet, sweet Model S. The company has gone through a lot of changes since those heady days but fans of that all-electric sedan will be pleased to learn that, unlike the fate that befalls some other prototypes between parturition and production, the original design of the 2012 Model S will stay mostly intact. At least, according to a comment purportedly left by Tesla's production control manager on an Engadget post (Yeah I know, random, right?), it's just as sexy. He also states that, and we quote, "....And, boy, did that thing run!..."

The company's plan had called for the Alpha to be completed in 2010 and it seems they hit that mark even though it was not rolled out for the press. If the report is true – and Tesla is refusing to comment on it, which makes us think it is – then we expect to not only see it soon, but perhaps also get our sweaty little hands on some action video. Also mentioned in this somewhat lengthy comment were a couple other possible "facts." The battery pack, as one might have guessed, is filled with cells from Panasonic and, if you take the pack out, the aluminum-bodied Model S weighs over 2,000 lbs. While we wonder about the veracity of the comments, we'll also keep an eye on whether Tesla Motors begins looking for a new production control manager.

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[Source: Engadget, Venture Beat]

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