2012 Tesla Model S
Starting MSRP $57,400–$105,400
The Tesla Model S is the company's second all-electric car. It's a sedan that seats up to seven, with optional jump seats for children. The car will be offered with three battery options, each offering more range and power.
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 largest, Tesla says, will provide a 300-mile driving range and propel the Tesla S from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. A full charge of the battery takes eight hours, with a partial quick charge taking 30 minutes.
The company plans to build the Model S itself. The Tesla Roadster used technology from Lotus for its chassis.
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