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New Video Of The Tesla Model S

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On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 2:38AM | By: Chris Weiss

New Video Of The Tesla Model S

Next year, the Tesla Roadster will get a larger brother. Originally shown in 2009, the Tesla Model S is an electric sedan that will package Tesla's electric powertrain know-how in a more practical, more affordable car for the masses. Tesla is still refining and developing the Model S and has released a new video of the latest version of the sedan.

The Model S here is an Alpha version that Tesla is currently testing with plans to build the Beta version later this year. The newest prototype features much of the same styling as the original, but gets a few changes, including the new air intakes up front. View the video after the jump.

Graham Sutherland, a Tesla Vehicle Dynamicist, describes the ride of the latest prototype: "The first Alpha is amazingly agile for a car of its size. It has great handling balance and poised ride with communicative steering. Just goes to show what combining a low center of gravity with a very stiff body structure can achieve."

The Model S will package a sporty, performance-oriented ride that boasts a 5.6-second 0-to-60 mph time and a 120 mph top speed with enough room for five (or even an optional seven). The 42 kWh lithium-ion batteries will provide for a range up to 300 miles.

The Tesla sedan will base for $57,000—a substantial drop from the Roadster—and will be eligible for up to $7,500 of federal tax credits. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2012. Tesla hopes to grow production to around 20,000 units per year and has already taken 3,500 reservations for the model.

Tesla recently used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to reveal more details about the Model S.

In Detroit, Peter Rawlinson, Tesla's VP of Engineering, said of the car: "We’ve engineered Model S to be a great driver’s car. Suspension, aerodynamics, and the marriage of the battery pack to the body structure distinguish Model S as the superior vehicle of its class."


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