Mar 27, 2009 | 10
After providing some teaser shots, Tesla Motors yesterday let everyone get an eyeful of the new Model S, the company’s $57,400 all-electric new prototype vehicle. Like its sports car cousin, the $109,000 Roadster, the Model S relies on lithium ion batteries for its juice, giving the auto a top range of 300 miles (482 kilometers) after a 45-minute charge, the company says. The need for speed has not been neglected: The Model S reportedly revs up from zero to 60 in 5.5 seconds.
It’s heady days for electric and hybrid car manufacturers and consumers. Last week, President Obama announced $2.4 billion in research grants for the next generation of plug-in electric cars, with funding going to battery work and electric car repair technician training, as well as to efforts such as the development of truck stop charging stations, according to a Department of Energy press release.
Mar 25, 2009 | 16
Tesla Motors, the maker of the eye-catching, all-electric Roadster sports car, is set to pull away the tarp tomorrow on a street-ready prototype of its highly anticipated Model S sedan. The first look at the new ride will occur at the Hawthorne, Calif., headquarters of Space-X, a private space company also headed by Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk that doubles as Tesla’s design studio.
After this sneak peek, though, it will still be a couple years before the Model S hits the road, pending funding from the Department of Energy. “When Tesla begins production in late 2011, the Model S will likely be the world's first mass-produced, highway-capable electric vehicle,” says company spokesperson Rachel Konrad.
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