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Will the success of Tesla’s Model S speed along a $35k model with a 200-mile range?

Things are looking pretty darn good for Tesla Motors. The Model S is arguable the most exciting car on the market right now, although the all-electric 2014 BMW i3 is certainly jockeying for a place on people’s lips. How will Elon Musk and company respond?

We’re hoping Tesla’s recent critical and financial success bodes well for the long-rumored, $35,000 Model – let’s call it the Model A for “affordable” – so much so that it’ll be seeing the light of day soon. And before we forget, that $35,000 price tag is said to be before state and federal incentives, which at this time can knock ten grand or so off the price in some states once tax credits and rebates are tallied up.

Just how well is Tesla doing? The electric vehicle manufacturer recently announced to investors that it sold 5,150 Model S electric vehicles in North America last quarter, placing the award-winning EV’s sales numbers among the best in the electric vehicle segment, right alongside the plug-in Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf.

Those figures might not sound like much, but it’s a considerable accomplishment for Tesla once you factor in the substantial price gap between the Model S and the “competition.”

Even in its cheapest guise, the Model S will set you back a cool $70,000, an amount that can easily skyrocket north of $100,000, bringing it more in line with full size luxury sedans from BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.
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