Tesla shows the production version of Model S sedan to customers

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 2, 2011

Tesla opened its factory doors to customers who preordered the upcoming Model S sedan this Saturday. That’s right folks, the 2012 Tesla Model S is about to hit the streets.

According to the manufacturer, the customers who preordered the vehicle were given tours of the Fremont, Calif., factory as well as rides in prototype versions of the Model S but also a plea for support from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a co-founder of PayPal. Elon Musk told hundreds of customers that Tesla needs their help.

Apparently, Musk wants customers to talk up the car and but also announced that he’s planning to introduce a faster Model S, capable to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds, which means that it will be with 1 second faster than the current model.

Same Musk said that the deliveries of the Model S sedan will start next year. According to Tesla executives, the production of the new model is expected to help the company become profitable, says Autonews.

For those who don’t know, the base model of the Tesla Model S will cost about $57,400, very cheap comparing it with the Roadster’s base price of $109,000, before a $7,500 federal tax credit and other rebates.

Tesla Model S will have three battery offerings capable to deliver a range of 160 miles of 257 kilometres, 230 miles/370 km or 300 miles/483 km on a full charge.

The Tesla Model S is the world’s first fully electric car. It represents an evolution in automotive engineering and mixes in safety, efficiency and performance. It has raised the world’s expectations for the 21st century car by getting the highest safety ratings and the longest range for any electric vehicle. It also gets over the air software updates that help to make it better over time.

Architecture by Tesla

The Model S is built on the Tesla platform and the battery is placed on the floor, helping the car have a very low center of gravity. That reduces the risk of rollover while also improving performance and handling. Sans the engine, the Tesla Model S has a much larger crumple zone than similar performance cars that absorb the front end impact.

Safety

Tesla Model S is among the safest cars in the world. This is largely due to the unique electric drivetrain that it uses, its low center of gravity and the minimized rollover risk. The car’s safety record is certified by the five star safety rating given by the NHTSA and Euro NCAP, as well as its record in the lowest likelihood of injury as tested in the United States.

You also get active safety features, which are available in all Model S cars, such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, collision warning, and lane departure warning. You can also opt for more convenience features such as traffic-aware cruise control, auto park, summon, and autosteer. This helps the car become the safest one on the road.

The Tesla Model S has two motors: one each for the rear and the front. This means that the car can independently control torque to both the rear and front wheels. What you get is unsurpassed traction control no matter what the road conditions are. Plus, the car’s electric all-wheel drive system improves fuel efficiency, rather than wasting fuel as you can see in traditional all-wheel drive vehicles.

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