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2012 Tesla Model S Electric Sedan: What Do You Want To Know?

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This Saturday, we’ll be heading to the California factory where Tesla Motors plans to build its much-anticipated 2012 Model S electric sports sedan. 

While we’re there, we’ll be given a full tour of the former NUMMI factory in Fremont, California. where the Model S will be assembled. We'll also have a chance to have a ride in a Model S Beta pre-production prototype.  

We’ll meet Tesla employees, as well as some of the lucky electric-car buyers who have put down a deposit to be among the first to take delivery of a 2012 Model S Sedan next year.

And we’ll have a chance to talk with some of Tesla’s executives, including the team responsible for designing, engineering, and producing what promises to be a very impressive car. 

But what would you like us to ask them on your behalf?

Perhaps you have a question about how the Model S battery pack will swap out (or if it actually will)? Or maybe you want to know how much technology from the 2008-2011 Tesla Roadster has made it into the company's first luxury sedan? 

Let us know in the Comments below, and we’ll make sure we ask as many of your questions as we can during events that are spread over three days, from Saturday through Monday.

We write up our trip as we head for the Tesla Model S factory in Fremont, and we'll be live-tweeting from the event where possible. So make sure you follow GreenCarReports on Facebook and Twitter for the latest from this exciting event.

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  1. Hello I ordered a Model S Signature and have three questions that are essential for European customers:
    1) When will the Signature models in Europe be shipped?
    2) Will a three-phase charger be available? (for fast charging in the european power grid)
    3) Will the european pricing match the price in the U.S. in exchange rate adjusted terms?
     
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  2. 2) Probably or a DC fast charge with the charger being an off-board charger with an input into the charger of between 5 and 200 amps at 208-440 volts.
     
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  3. Will the two seats in the trunk be optional? I hope that they are because I don't want them, I don't want or need the added wait or lost trunk space because of two kiddy seats.
     
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  4. Will the Model S use a J1772 charge connector ?

    Will the charger be able to use 75 amps ( same as roadster) ?
     
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  5. Just to point out, the Roadster uses J1772 but only to 70 amps. The Model S is slated to have a fast charge mode which I suspect will use LV 3 charging. LV2 is J1772.
     
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  6. What options are available to order? Any types of collision avoidance systems, rearview cameras or other technology packages that cars in the same price range offer?
     
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  7. It is rumored that your roadster's battery will not last; what have you done to insure the new drivers of The "S" that the battery life has been extended well beyond the roadster? BTW, what is the price of replacing the battery in the roadster and the "S"?
     
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  8. It's all about the battery.
     
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  9. I suspect most questions will be answered at the ride event tomorrow. I'll be in attendance as a stock holder, reservation holder, and a roadster owner.

    Rumors are usually incomplete and mostly wrong, you need to take everything you hear with a grain of salt. The Roadster was designed to be a testing platform for the electronics that will go into the future of the electric cars. The battery lasts 7 years or 100K miles, the typical life of an internal combustion engine until it has to be re-built. The batteries are able to be re-built as well.

    Martin, please weigh in on this...
     
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  10. @William: Hope you'll contribute your thoughts to our various articles on the Tesla Model S events. However, I do have to comment a bit ...

    (1) Define "last" re/battery for 7 yrs/100K miles. Tesla has said in the past that they expect up to 30% reduction in energy capacity over 5 years.

    (2) I think you're being very pessimistic on a 7-year/100K engine life in today's new cars. Many modern engines, if properly maintained (e.g. oil), easily go 150K and 10 years.
     
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  11. Questions:
    1: Will Wireless Charging (Like the ones showcased on the Tesla roadster at this year's CES) Be available on the Model S?
    2: Will there be a the same service checkup options for the model S as the ones for the roadster?
    3: Will you lend Top Gear the Model S for Testing?
     
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  12. Top Gear doesn't "test" anything. It's comedy, with cars as props!
     
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  13. Since Tesla has all but sold their entire US 2012 production of Model S and possible Sport, the 2013 model looks more promising.

    Questions I would ask.
    1. What are the "Do and Don't" of owning a Tesla?
    2. How will auto insurance classify Tesla for rating and pricing?
    3. Will the front bumper change to a more traditional style?
    4. Repair parts availability?

    Ken N.
    Seattle
     
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