...Tax credits will trim back those sticker prices a bit. An additional model built off the Model S platform -- the Model X crossover -- is expected in 2014. Tesla says the Model S can be recharged from standard 110-volt household current, although expect that to be painfully slow. The flat battery pack in the Model S will fully recharge "overnight" from a more robust 220-volt outlet or in 45 minutes from a commercial fast-charge station. A front double-wishbone and rear multilink suspension with programmable electric steering promise spirited handling, while the electric engine and direct-drive...
...On the outside, the Model S resembles a mix of a Jaguar and Aston Martin, with pronounced exterior curves. Tesla says the car will come with an all-glass panoramic sunroof and door handles that retract into the door of the car to reduce aerodynamic drag. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard. Inside, the Model S features eight-way power-adjustable front seats, touch-sensitive door handles and a 17-inch touch-screen that controls the audio and navigation systems as well as climate and other controls. Tesla says the battery options for the Model S are 40 kilowatt-hour, 60 kWh and 75 kWh packs. The...
...Unlike the Roadster, the Model S’ electric motor is liquid-cooled, offering better performance in high-stress conditions like high-speed cruising and climbing. Additionally, there have been rumors about a Sport version that will be able to crack 60 mph in “well under 5 seconds,” as well as an all-wheel-drive (AWD) option.Tesla claims a 5-to-7-year average battery life, with the possibility of up to 10 years with “proper care,” although with the speed at which battery technology has been improving, it’s a safe bet there will be a better option than an OEM replacement for the...
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