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March 27, 2009

Tesla Model S Unveiled - Fantastic!

It's finally been unveiled.

The claimed numbers are impressive, with a pre-tax credit base price of about $57k and a base range of 160 miles. It also seats 7 (2 kids in the third row), and does 0-60 mph in 5.5 to 6.0 seconds. It features a single speed drivetrain. Guess they gave up on multiple speeds. Total weight is roughly 4,400 lbs including 1,200 lbs or batteries. Plans call for production to commence in late 2011.

The car is beautiful, and has a resemblance to the Fisker Karma as well as certain Aston-Martin designs (some also done by Henrik Fisker). It's not hard to see how the legal dispute arose between Tesla and Fisker. At least it seems they've been able to resolve their differences and get back to focusing on the cars. The Tesla is all electric while the Fisker is a series hybrid.

If it gets into production as intended this will be a landmark automobile.

More info here: http://www.teslamotors.com/models/index.php

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