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US-made Electric Car Tesla To Be World’s Best

LOS ANGELES, July 1 (Bernama) — A newly opened Tesla car store in Brea Mall in Southern California has attracted many visitors with its luxury design cars, equipped with the ability to run 260 miles (400 km) with one charge, reports China’s Xinhua news agency.

To the surprise of many visitors, the Tesla cars are totally different from the cars people are driving now — no engines, no oil tanks, no water cooling systems, no transmission, and of course, no emission.

The dashboard is also distinctive. Traditional mechanic switches have been replaced by a 17-inch automotive touch screen, through which nearly all controls are done.

There is more inside room and load space: besides the traditional rear trunk, an additional trunk takes shape out of the space traditionally designed for the engine.

The appeal of Tesla partly comes from its connection with Space X, the world’s first private company that sent payload to the International Space Station on May 25, 2012.

Tesla Motors is co-founded by Elon Musk, an inventor and entrepreneur who is best known for founding Space X and PayPal.

Musk’s goal is to make Tesla the best car in the world and to show that an electric car can be the best car in the world.

Blake Ludera, assistant store manager at Brea Mall in California, told Xinhua that till 2012 Tesla has sold 2,400 electric cars, and their goal in 2013 is 20,000 units.

He said the prices for the Model S cars vary on the battery qualities. The 40-kilowatt per hour (kWh) pack is good for about 140 miles (220 km) for one charge with the price of 58,570 dollars before tax. The 60-kWh battery will last for 200 miles (320 km) for 68,570 dollars and the 85-kWh pack goes 265 miles (420 km) for 78,570 dollars.

“So far no other models can beat Tesla in the category of electric cars,” said Ludera.

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