- Category: Green Transportation
23 May 2012
- Published on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:54
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Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors will start delivering their electric sedan for the high-end market, the Model S, on June 22 this year, earlier than the July timeframe previously announced. The customers will be receiving their orders at an invitation-only event at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California.
"In 2006 our plan was to build an electric sports car followed by an electric sedan, and reduce our dependence on oil," said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors chief executive and chief product architect. "Delivering Model S is a key part of that plan."
Tesla rolled out some updates on the Model S. They made the regenerative braking technology adjustable to suit the customer’s driving style. The steering of the vehicle was made adjustable as well, with “Comfort,” “Standard” and “Sport” steering options.
The suspension and ride height can now be adjusted for the driver’s preference – lowered down to reduce aerodynamic drag, raised up for speed bumps.
These changes, according to the company’s vice president for worldwide sales and ownership experience, George Blankenship, make the vehicle more personalized than before. He also announced that the 85-kilowatt-hour vehicle’s range and efficiency testing has been completed.
The Model S, according to Tesla, is the first all-electric “premium” sedan designed from the ground up to take advantage of the electric vehicle architecture.
The absence of an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel gives the vehicle added cargo space under the hood.
The Model S is available in three different battery pack options to fit the needs of different drivers. The 40-kWh Model S comes with a price tag of $49,900 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. – EcoSeed Staff