tesla model S now in production tesla model S now in production
jun 27, 2012

tesla model S now in production

tesla model S now in productionimages courtesy of tesla motors

 

 

originally debuted at the 2009 geneva auto show, california based tesla motors has finally begun to ship the ‘model S’ to its first customers. amidst skepticism about how electric technology will perform, the ‘model S’ is designed to accomodate the everyday driver, offering a full-size 5-seater sedan and extended driving range.

 

with up to 300 miles of driving on a full charge in its lithium-ion battery, the vehicle allows for traveling longer distances than current electric models. the sedan comes standard with adaptors for most common outlets and public charging stations, where charging can take between 30 minutes on to 5 hours for a full battery. as a fully electric vehicle, the ‘model S’ outputs zero carbon emissions into the atmosphere, creating a sustainable option for future transportation.

‘model S’ on the road

 

front detailimage © tesla motor events

 

from left to right: black roof, colored rood, all glass panoramic roof

 

 

 

its optional all glass panoramic roof opens wide to create convertible like driving experience. when closed it blocks 98% of light and 81% for a comfortable cabin ride. the interior is outfitted with a huge 17 inch touchscreen display that integrates media, navigation, cabin controls and vehicle data through an android operating system. 

17 inch entertainment system

 

interior

 


aluminum frame construction of the ‘tesla model S’

frame after paint coating

 

assembly line in california

 

 


video of the manufcturing process behind the electric ‘tesla model S’

 

model S signature specs

estimated range: 300 miles 0-60mph (0-100km/h): 5.6 seconds top speed: 125 mph (202km/h) horsepower: 362 hp (270 kW) at 6,000-9,500 rpm torque: 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) at 0-5,800 rpm energy storage: 85 kWh

  • Finally!!!
    Gorgeous and unbelievable miles per charge.

    JMac says:
  • Agreed .. pretty ride. Nice to see these guys pressing on.

    Jim

    Jim C. says:
  • Gorgeous, but for me it could be less Jaguar and more Lotus, the root and stem for the successful Tesla Roadster.

    Sergius says:
  • Where is this car being manufactured? Financing was provided by American taxpayers, after the Tesla founder provided funds as a bundler to the Obama \’08 presidential campaign.

    johnforsman says:
  • How Much ????

    pixie lips says:
  • very nice. rear seats look uncomfortable and unsupportive, and I don’t like the center stack console. Other than that it is a beautiful car.

    Nicholaus says:
  • Great design and well executed. In terms of electric, it’s nice to see that USofA is at the forefront of design and range d’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Really love the car this is what EV’s need to strive towards if the want those in ICE cars to notice them. As much as I do like it and love touch screen phones the centre console seems a bit ridiculous in terms of being a distraction, the ability use vital controls without looking at them but just by feeling for them and the fact it looks like a TV.

    The interior is well executed but that’s my only criticism. I guess Tesla might have signed up to Siri iOS 6 connectivity in which case this isn’t such a biggy. Is it me or does the Model S look very similar to a Mondeo from the rear 3/4 shot. Well done Elon and your team.

    JordanB2710 says:
  • great post, nice seeing the EV movement picking up momentum!

    estavan. c says:

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