After all recent mass media storm about GM Volt final transmission decision with mechanical connection in the generator mode, we are wondering whether Tesla will be able to come up with the numbers announced before.
"The most important message is in the headline - you can have now your own "Home Gas Station" while you have electricity bills paid. We have the technology to survive the Oil Shock and it will be soon on our roads in numbers.
Could it be done better - no questions, particularly, on PR part. Nissan Leaf will keep GM on its toes and coming competition from all EV automakers will be the most important for establishing mass market for EVs.
More important, than the question of EV purity, will be in the end the efficiency and cost structure of the total ownership of EV."
Numbers provided by Tesla for Model S are so impressive, compare to other automakers, that we will be worrying now, whether they can actually deliver this specification at the announced price "starting from 49,000 after rebate" - even if we assume that it will be the basic battery package for 160 miles range. Delivery is expected now in 2012 - we will start to monitor the situation and stock performance from now.
"Smooth, uninterrupted acceleration. Control in an instant. Feedback and information within arm's reach. Comfort surrounds the driver.
Carry anything needed for a day, a trip, an unexpected shopping spree. The Model S offers luxurious space, seating for five adults and two children, and a second cargo area under the hood.
- Seating for 7
- More cargo space than typical sedans
- Premium interior styling
Choose from one of three battery pack options to suit typical driving needs: 160, 230, or 300 miles per charge. Concerned with Range Anxiety? Like the Roadster, the Model S is engineered to plug into nearly any outlet, anywhere in the world. Plus, with the 45 minute QuickCharge or 1 minute battery swap, the car begs to be driven everywhere you want to go.
- 160, 230, or 300 mile range pack
- 45 minute QuickCharge
- 1 minute Battery Swap
Model S performance is second to none. The Model S powertrain offers instant torque at the driver's request. Though designed for comfort, safety, and utility, the coveted Model S does not sacrifice performance. Command control and the Model S delivers the power, acceleration and precise handling of a sports car with quiet simplicity.
- 0-60 in 5.6 seconds
- 120 mph top speed
The Model S powertrain features a liquid-cooled, floor-mounted battery pack and single-speed gearbox. The body design is of stamped aluminum and provides top-notch aerodynamics, style, and safety. The 17-inch touchscreen with in-car 3G connectivity means quick access to streaming radio, gps navigation, restaurant recommendations, and movie show times.
- Leading electric powertrain
- 17-inch touchscreen with 3G connectivity
- Amazing aerodynamics"
"The Model S is the premium sedan evolved. It will raise the bar of vehicle efficiency, meet the highest standards for safety, and provide more cargo space than any other sedan. It will be as beautiful as it is functional. Here's how we will build it. The Model S will be produced at the new Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. Everything from body panel stamping to final quality testing will take place at the Tesla Factory. We will also work to set environmental benchmarks for energy efficiency and emission levels. Overview When building a car, most manufacturers follow a consistent production flow. We will use the same process, with innovations at each stage." More