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USA: GREEN: Tesla Puts Price On Electric Sedan

Premium Model S will range from $57,400 to $87,400 including federal tax credit for the all-electric car slated to begin sales next fall.

John Voelcker | | Posted December 21, 2011 Palo Alto, CA

Tesla pegs the range of its upcoming all-electric Model S sports sedan between 160 and 300 miles, depending on model. (Photo: Green Car Reports)

Tesla Motors has released pricing and options for the various models and trim levels of its 2012 Model S all-electric sport sedan, which is not due to reach Tesla Stores until at least next fall.

Unlike various other plug-in cars, the base prices of the 2012 Tesla Model S have not risen from earlier estimates. They remain at $57,400 for the 160-mile version; $67,400 for the 230-mile version; $77,400 for the 300-mile version; and $87,400 for the special Model S Performance version.

That Performance model is claimed to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, only half a second slower than the smaller, lighter 2011 Tesla Roadster sports car.

A long list of options pushes the price of the Model S to around $100,000. (Photo: Green Car Reports)

Note that those estimated ranges are quoted “at 55 mph.” Note also that Tesla itself quotes all prices on its website by subtracting the $7,500 Federal tax credit, which we think is deceptive and annoying. You have been warned.

The company says it will warranty its batteries for eight years and “from 100,000 to unlimited miles” depending on the battery pack in question.

For the first time, Tesla Motors has specified the sizes of its battery pack options:

• 40 kilowatt-hours (160-mile range, 110-mph top speed, 100,000-mile warranty).
• 60 kWh (23

0-mile range, 120-mph top speed, 125,000-mile warranty).
• 85 kWh (300-mile range, 125-mph top speed; also Performance model, 130-mph top speed, both with unlimited-mileage warranty).


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