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Final Pricing and Options Announced For Tesla’s Model S

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Final Pricing and Options Announced For Tesla's Model S

Tesla has announced the final pricing and options for its übercool – Whitestar –  Model S sedan, which will hit the US market Mid-2012. Unlike Tesla’s first vehicle – Roadster – the Model S is a practical, yet supremely smooth looking family car, seating five or seven in Jaguar XF style luxury. Model S starts at around half the price of the $110k sporty Roadster.

Final Pricing and Options Announced For Tesla's Model S - Roof Options

Tesla has reported that more than 6,500 reservations – with a minimum deposit of $US5,000, a total $US11 million in commitment from buyers has been raised – have been taken, and expect that number to sky-rocket. Amusingly, nearly 1000 punters had placed a deposit before the artists ink had dried on the concept renderings back in May 2009, this is clearly a much anticipated auto.

Model S was styled by Franz von Holzhausen, who previously worked for Mazda North American Operations. The chassis, body, motor and energy storage systems are unique to Tesla Motors.

Final Pricing and Options Announced For Tesla's Model S and Roadster

Tesla’s starting price remains the same as announced earlier this year: US$49,900. That price is after a $7,500 US federal tax credit. The entry level Model S comes with a 40 kWh battery pack that provides up to 160 miles (257 km) of range. It also comes standard with a 17-inch touchscreen display, Universal Mobile Connector with three adapters and 19-inch wheels.

Final Pricing and Options Announced For Tesla's Model S Base

The base Model S will also be available with a 60 kWh battery that provides up to 230 miles (370 km) of range for $59,900 and an 85 kWh battery with 300 miles (483 km) of range for $69,900.

The Model S Performance edition will start at $79,900. That model comes equipped with the 85 kWh battery as well as an upgraded standard equipment package that includes high-performance drive inverter, exterior carbon fiber accents, Nappa leather interior, performance wheels and tires, sport-tuned traction control, and active air suspension. The Model S Performance hits 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, an increase of 1.1 seconds over the base Model S equipped with the 85 kWh battery.

Final Pricing and Options Announced For Tesla's Model S Performance

The first 1,000 Model S variants to hit the market will be the limited edition Signature Series. The $87,900 Model S Signature is an upgraded version of the 85 kWh standard Model S. It features a Nappa perforated leather interior and unique color options but shares its performance specs with the base Model S. The $97,900 Model S Signature Performance has the Model S Performance’s upgraded equipment and the Signature Series color options. The Signature models also come with other upgrades like a Tech Package and Sound Studio Package.

Tesla will begin production on the Signature models in June/July 2012. In the fall, it will begin Production of the 60 kWh Model S will kick off in September 2012, and the 40 kWh version will follow in November/December 2012. It does not have pricing information for markets outside the United States but will announce those prices closer to market launch dates.

Final Pricing and Options Announced For Tesla's Model S - Signature

While much attention has been paid to the Model S’ combination of style, luxury and performance (and for good reason), an equally compelling story is the car’s practicality. The car costs less than half the starting price of the Roadster, offers the option of seating for seven and provides up to 300 miles of range. Three hundred miles is unheard of throughout the rest of the mainstream EV market, and other EVs like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric get about a third of that.

You can find more information about specs and options at Tesla’s newly launched Model S webpage:

Final Pricing and Options Announced For Tesla's Model S Signature


The Tesla Model S is a full-sized battery electric sedan developed by Tesla Motors. It is an electric car that was initially codenamed WhiteStar during research and preliminary development. Model S was announced in a press release on June 30, 2008. The prototype vehicle was displayed at a press conference on March 26, 2009.

Delivery of Model S is expected to begin in mid-2012, with a base price of US$57,400. The base model will have a range of 160 miles (260 km) when fully charged, and a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) acceleration of 5.6 seconds. The first 1,000 sedans off the line will be the Signature Series, equipped with the 300 miles (480 km) battery pack. Charging times vary depending on the battery pack’s state-of-charge, its overall capacity, the available voltage, and the available circuit breaker amp rating (current). A standard charge may take 3 to 5 hours using US 110 VAC household current. With commercial-grade equipment, a 45-minute QuickCharge to 80% offers the equivalent of adding 170 miles (270 km) of range for each hour of charging. In addition, a battery swap will be possible in less than two minutes.

Model S is a high-performance, premium electric sedan that competes with cars like the BMW 5-series. This model follows Tesla Motors’ business plan to expand down-market from the high performance Tesla Roadster sports car (the Roadster has a base price of US$109,000 or €99,000).

Model S was styled by Franz von Holzhausen, who previously worked for Mazda North American Operations. The chassis, body, motor and energy storage systems are unique to Tesla Motors.

The Model S was featured on Late Show with David Letterman in April 2009. Because the car uses no gasoline whatsoever and does not produce any tailpipe emissions, it was allowed on the Late Show set and was the first fully functioning car on the stage.

Construction of an assembly factory in Albuquerque, New Mexico – a central location for shipping – was supposed to begin in April 2007, but was cancelled. A factory to be built in San Jose, California was also announced.

On February 1, 2008 it was reported that Tesla Motors was planning to offer a range-extended version of its Model S. This version would have included a gasoline engine to extend the driving range of the vehicle, but it was removed in later revisions. Speaking at the GoingGreen conference on September 18, 2008, Musk officially said that Tesla was only pursuing all-electric cars and not hybrids.

On February 12, 2009 Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, officially stated on the Tesla Motors Blog that the prototype car would be revealed March 26, 2009 at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California.

On May 20, 2010 Tesla Motors announced it would produce the new lower-priced Model S at the former NUMMI assembly plant in Fremont, California, now known as the Tesla Factory.

Pricing has been announced at US$57,400 for the base-level model with a 160 mi (260 km) range, US$67,400 for an intermediate model with a 230 mi (370 km) range, and US$77,400 for a model with a 300 mi (480 km) range. 1,000 high-end “Signature Series” models, all equipped with the 300 mi (480 km) battery will be the first cars produced. The price for this model has not been announced yet, but it is estimated that it will sell for approximately US$85,000. For qualified consumers in the United States, there is a US$7,500 federal tax credit and there are other applicable local incentives available in several states.

The company also announced plans to rent or lease high capacity battery packs which offer a 300 mi (480 km) range. Profits from the Model S are expected to fund development of a more affordable third-generation vehicle.

In the first week, Tesla Motors reported 520 reservations for the Model S. The very first Model S has been reserved for Tesla investor Steve Jurvetson.  As of May 17, 2009, there were over 1000 reservations according to the Tesla Motors web site. An email sent in mid April to newsletter subscribers stated that pre-orders were up to 2,200. With a minimum deposit of US$5,000 required for each reservation, this totals at least US$11 million in commitment from buyers. Some of these orders are for the Signature Series Model S. These reservations require a US$40,000 deposit and previous Tesla Roadster owners were offered an opportunity to reserve these even before the March 26, 2009 reveal. It is unclear exactly what features will be offered on the limited edition Signature Series (2000 units maximum, split evenly between US & European buyers).

In mid-December, 2010, Tesla announced that the reservation count had passed 3000. Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico, had instructed the General Services Division and other government agencies to consider updating its fleet of cars with 100 Model S cars. Tesla Motors, however, has since elected not to build a plant in New Mexico.

As of November 2011, Tesla reported that more than 6,500 reservations have been made.


Acceleration of the 3,825 pounds (1,735 kg) vehicle is anticipated to be 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.6 seconds aided by a drag coefficient of 0.27.

Elon Musk announced on October 1, 2011 that there will also be a sport version of the Model S on its release. The claimed 0-60 mph (97 km/h) speed would be 4.4 seconds.

The base model will have a range of 160 miles (260 km) when fully charged using a 42 kW·h battery pack (24 kW·h/100 mi, 108 mpgge). Larger, longer range battery pack options will be available as well; the options announced include a range of 230 miles (370 km) from a 65 kW·h pack (26 kW·h/100 mi, 100 mpgge) and a range of 300 miles (480 km) from an 85 kW·h pack (26 kW·h/100 mi, 100 mpgge).

The Tesla Model S is expected to have a swappable battery, and will feature a 17 in (43 cm) touchscreen computer with in-car 3G connectivity, enabling access to online services, or to check the battery’s state of charge remotely.

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