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USA: Tesla – surging ahead on a global scale

Tesla Motors are calling 2012 “The Year of Model S”. If you doubt their resolve, then they would be more than happy for you to speak with any one of the 8500 plus clients that have already put down a sizeable deposit on their upcoming Model S.

Tesla’s 2012 production capacity for the Model S is literally sold out, and that means the order book for 2013 has already started to fill up.

While pricing for the Model S variants was released in the United States just before Christmas, Australian pricing and specification will be announced around mid 2012. Deliveries will commence in 2013 for this market.

The Model S is the world’s first premium electric sedan, and the first to be engineered from the ground up as an all- electric car. It’s also beautifully designed and entirely practical as four-door sportback design with five adult seats, and two optional rear-facing pews for children.

It’s quick too, with a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.6 seconds, or 4.4 seconds for the Performance Model. The Model S develops 415 Nm of instant (from 0 rpm) and 270 kW of power – all from its electric propulsion system.

To power-up the Tesla sedan, Australian owners will simply plug into any standard 240v power outlet to charge, or the car can be quick charged in less than 45 minutes providing an 80 per cent battery capacity.

The actual driving range of the model S will depend on which battery pack customers decide on. The 40 kWh battery pack will provide a range of 260km, while the 60 kWh pack is good for 370km, and the 85 kWh will provide a 480km driving range. Tesla also plans to offer a Performance Model with an increased range of 480km plus.


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