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    Tesla Model S "Will Be Faster Than A Porsche 911"

    Five years after debuting the original electric 2-seat Roadster, Tesla shows customers its first all-new car: the $50,000, 7-passenger Model S.

    YahooAutos_215044. <cite class="byline vcard">By G.E. Anderson | Yahoo! Autos – <abbr title="2011-10-02T13:25:47-07:00">23 minutes ago</abbr></cite>








    TESLA_065127. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, introduces customers to the Model S sedan at the company's Fremont factory …

    FREMONT, Calif.— Five years after shocking the automotive world by unveiling a battery-powered Lotus Elise, Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla Motors, announced that his electric car company "will build a high-performance version of the Model S that will go zero to 60 (mph) in 4.5 seconds. That's faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera."

    tesladrive_075305. Click to view the Tesla Model S image gallery.

    The crowd, naturally, went wild. Hundreds of deposit-paying customers had already taken quick rides around the parking lot at speeds over 70 mph when Musk drove a red pre-production Tesla Model S show car — albeit somewhat less quickly — up the ramp and onto a stage inside Tesla's U.S. factory (formerly known as NUMMI, the facility Tesla purchased from Toyota just last year and revamped for a fraction of what a new car factory normally costs to build). Production versions of the Model S will start rolling out of here in mid-2012."The oil companies said electric cars can't work, but the truth is, they don't want them to work," Musk said.
    "But here it is," he continued. "They would say this car is the equivalent of a unicorn. Well, tonight you had the opportunity to ride a unicorn."

    After driving the Model S onto the stage, Musk exited his seven-passenger sedan along with seven other occupants (and their luggage), three from decidedly unconventional spaces: two children climbed out of optional rear-facing bucket seats and through the rear hatch, and a surprising eighth guy popped out from beneath the hood carrying a backpack. Check out the video:



    Specifications and other notes:
    <table style="border-collapse:collapse;width:100%;" id="" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td> Make and Model
    </td><td> 2013 Tesla Model S (available mid-2012)
    </td></tr><tr><td> Class:
    </td><td> Seven-passenger (5 adults + 2 children) sport sedan
    </td></tr><tr><td> Configuration:
    </td><td> Rear-wheel drive
    </td></tr><tr><td> Engine:
    </td><td>None</td></tr><tr><td> Interior Highlight:
    </td><td> 17-inch HD touch-screen display "like a giant iPad" controls everything
    </td></tr><tr><td> Range: </td><td> 160 miles (optional 230-mile or 300-mile range available)</td></tr><tr><td> Outlet requirement:</td><td> 220V or 110V</td></tr><tr><td> Power: </td><td> 415 Nm (306 ft-lbs) of torque </td></tr><tr><td> Quickness:</td><td> Zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds (4.5 seconds promised for future high-performance model)
    </td></tr><tr><td> Top Speed:</td><td> 130 mph
    </td></tr><tr><td> Base Price: </td><td> $49,900 (after U.S. Federal Tax Credit)</td></tr><tr><td> Bottom Line:
    </td><td> Welcome to the future.
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> greg <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:43:23+0000">5 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      I sure hope the oil companies and the big three don't pull a Preston Tucker situation on Telsa. It is the future and it has now arrived on track 1.​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> jtheat <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:38:55+0000">10 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      I can't afford the future...​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> James <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:45:47+0000">3 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      Most Americans can't afford this at this time. Maybe later.​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Christopher E <abbr title="2011-10-02T19:44:08+0000">about an hour ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      If I were Exxon or Shell or any other of the Big Players out there, I'd for Damn Sure Be Paying Attention, Wouldn't you?​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> grrrrrrrrrr <abbr title="2011-10-02T19:17:29+0000">about an hour ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      The amazing thing with that 306 lb/ft of torque, is that it's at that number through the entire RPM range... electric motors are a beautiful thing :)
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Lucas <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:01:47+0000">47 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      Seeing as the original roadster costs around $100,000, that they can bring to market a more substantial and useful vehicle at half the price, and with more range (with the extended option), is pretty amazing. The philosophy of Tesla hasn't been that of the typical auto manufacturer, producing a... More
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> john <abbr title="2011-10-02T19:22:00+0000">about an hour ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      I like how it "shocked the automotive world." There were electric powered cars in the 1980s...until GM recalled them all. Read "Who Killed the Electric Car?"​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Voiceinthewind <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:35:07+0000">14 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      Nice job Tesla. We need more at a little less cost but all in all a great job. Tell GM, FORD and the rest how to get 160 or 220 out of a charge will ya? It would be so nice to see the greedy oil people drinking oil for breakfast. It will take some time but maybe not as much as some people may.... More
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Partner <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:21:05+0000">28 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      I would love to go green but I certainly cant afford the price. I can't afford my homes electric bill.​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> MMA78 <abbr title="2011-10-02T19:28:49+0000">about an hour ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      The electrical output must be pretty high to get this thing to go so fast and sustain an average speed of 60 MPH for 150 miles. No gas at all? Just batteries? Like gasoline cars stop and go uses more power/gas. is it the same with electric? or is the 160 mile range consistant with no matter how you... More
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Kurt <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:38:24+0000">10 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      Drive it, park it and plug it in at the end of the day to "top off the tank". If it were cheaper, I'd actually consider buying one. If needed, you could even carry a small Honda generator to charge the batteries if no outlets are available.​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> The Jester <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:24:00+0000">25 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      In 6 years, when the car has 120,000 miles on it, is when you lose. The battery will only get you to the grocery store and back at that point because batteries hold less charge as they age. If you can sell it, you will have to knock off $10,000 so that the buyer can replace the battery. ... More
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Jeepers <abbr title="2011-10-02T19:36:22+0000">about an hour ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      Shocking!! I still ask and ask, WHERE do we PLUG in these electric cars!!!!!!!! Apartment parking lots!! LONGGGGGGGGG extension cables/dropcords!?? Who guards the cables from vandals and thieves!?? WHO pays the electric bill for the REcharging!?? Picky -picky- uh huh!!! How many people here... More
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> James <abbr title="2011-10-02T19:34:54+0000">about an hour ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      Yes, Electric seems like the way to go. But, I get ticked off when I see my electric bill every month as it stands now. It all sounds well and good but what will it cost the owner to charge it. Is it going to be worth it in the long run. If the nation had one day where no one purchased gas. They... More
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> deport-now <abbr title="2011-10-02T19:28:26+0000">about an hour ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      If you think that electric cars will eliminate the oil companies - think again !
      your car still needs lubrication, plastic is a oil product too plus you can bet that the oil companies will start silently purchasing stakes in electric car companies just like BP has stakes in solar plants​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Flackstone <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:05:58+0000">43 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      I still wonder, what if we build our own Electric supercar? won't it cost less than that? aren't they hidding something to us?​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Tom <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:37:56+0000">11 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      YEAAAAAAAAAAAAA' WAY TO GO, I knew this could be done, I am so tired of the oil companies RIPPING US OFF WITH THESE GAS PRICES, THEY CAN RAISE THEM WHEN THEY GET READY AND NOTHING NEVER SAID​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Dogger <abbr title="2011-10-02T20:35:17+0000">13 minutes ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      How long do the batteries last, and how much do they cost?​
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Peter T <abbr title="2011-10-02T19:45:20+0000">about an hour ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      i wish i could have 10 of them for myself, with some features i have been had in mind needed for a car to be super ;) this technology is interesting, i like it, i want it, now i wonder how the gas/electric bill ratio make out with all this hmmm anyone done the math on it yet? is it a save of money?... More
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      <cite class="ugccmt-comment-meta"> Hugo A <abbr title="2011-10-02T19:11:58+0000">about an hour ago</abbr> Report Abuse</cite>
      All we need are flying Jetson cars and the future I envisioned is here​
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