Tesla Motors rolled out the first of its ‘premium’ electric sedans, the Model S, to customers in California last Friday.
The company plans to deliver 5000 cars by the end of this year, growing to some 20,000 in 2013. Tesla says it has received over 10,000 reservations for the vehicle worldwide already.
Initially, the vehicle will only be available in the US, with deliveries of the Model S starting in Europe early next year, following by Asia in mid-2013.
In the US, the Model S will have a base price of $49,900 after federal tax credits of $7500 and customers may also qualify for state tax credits, rebates, sales tax exemptions, free parking and other benefits.
The Model S has been designed from the bottom-up as an electric vehicle and boast five doors, a spacious cabin, cargo space in the front of the vehicle and, of course, zero emissions.
The vehicle’s electric powertrain delivers a range of 265 miles and it comes with three battery options, 40 kWh, 60 kWh and 85 kWh.
For further information:
BMW, Ford and IKEA among companies helping deploy electric vehicles in US (22-Jun)
US west coast ‘electric highway’ reaches Canada (31-May)
Illinois governor rolls out electric vehicle fast charging network (13-Apr)
California Governor puts 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road (26-Mar)
26 June 2012