Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tesla Model S

Tesla was all over the Consumer Electronics Show this last weekend. The Tesla Roadster was positioned outside the Las Vegas Convention Center and at least 2 or 3 others were placed at specific booths inside the show. I captured one in front of the Panasonic booth.

Outside of the convention center Tesla was showing off the new Model S sedan. I would have loved to get a video or a few photos unfortunately I had killed my iPhone's battery by that point. As we approached the area where the car was it took me a few minutes before I recognized it. As you can see below (this was the actual car on display) it looks closer to a Jaguar than to the Tesla (or the Roadsters body twin the Lotus Elise). I was able to briefly talk to the Tesla rep and then picked up the following booklet:

According to this booklet, Tesla will have 3 models with different ranges: 160 miles, 230 miles and 300 miles and the starting price will be around $50,000 (before any federal tax breaks). I'm assuming that means $50,000 for the 160 mile range version, not the 300 mile range. The rep mentioned the vehicle is aimed at the BMW 5 series and Porsche Cayman which puts it in a completely different category than the Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf.

It's a great looking car but I think I'll wait for the prices to come down in a few years besides it won't be out until Q1 or Q2 of 2012. Over the years the Roadster has come down in price thanks to manufacturing advancements and economies of scale so its only a matter of time before the Model S does as well.

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