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Tesla Motors’ Alpha Hits the Road

Tesla Motors' begins its Apha testing phase for the Model S. Having begun in 2010, this is the first of two vehicle testing phases. Extensive tests will take place in the coming months in all climates. Built from the ground as an EV, Electric Vehicle, the Model S was designed for stability and handling, performance, range, crash safety and superior aerodynamics. As each Tesla Model S Alpha is built, the driving dynamics will continue to improve and evolve. Check out the Alpha driving in California below.

The first Alpha is amazingly agile for a car of its size. It has great handling balance and poised ride with communicative steering. Just goes to show what combining a low center of gravity with a very stiff body structure can achieve.

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- Graham Sutherland, Tesla Vehicle Dynamist


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Tesla Revamps Website while Introducing the New Tesla Roadster 2.5

Refreshed in design and technology, Tesla Motors announced the Roadster 2.5 last week along with their website redesign (see below). Among the improvements of better sound dampening and improved seat cushions, the internal finishes and overall Tesla Roadster 2.5 design are only among a few of the new features the Tesla Roadster 2.5 will include. To see the new Roadster 2.5 for yourself head over to one of the two new Tesla Motors stores in Copenhagen, Denmark and Newport Beach, California.

 Tesla introduces the Tesla Roadster 2.5 with the new website look.

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Tesla Motors’ Model S Received 711 Reservations in the First Two Weeks After Launching

After Tesla unveiled the Model S all-electric family sedan on March 26, 2009, online and in person reservations started pouring in. Set to start production in late 2011, this is likely to be the world's first mass-produced, highway-capable electric vehicle. Tesla Motors set the Model S base price for $49,900 after a US federal tax credit of $7,500. The reservation fee of $5,000 is refundable. The Model S Signature Edition is also taking reservations with a $40,000 reservation fee (also refundable). Tesla Motors will be producing only 2,000 of the Signature Editions, the first ones built on the production line. These will be split between the US and European market, and will have unique interior and exterior features.


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If You’re Looking for an All Electric Family Sedan, the Wait is over Thanks to Tesla Motor’s Model S

Building on the proven technology and success of the Tesla Roadster, which is six times as energy efficient as gas guzzlers, Tesla has created a sleek and family oriented sedan – the Model S. With the ability to sit five adults and two children (that's 7 people!) in calm comfort you won't be losing storage with a clever “additional” trunk under the hood. It's so efficient at storage you can pack up a 50-inch television, mountain bike and a surfboard. That's more storage space than most SUVs.


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For the motor minded who want to know only about the performance of the Model S, you can expect; 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds, 120 mph top speed, sport sedan dynamics, and an all-wheel-drive available. This is for the standard model. If you plan on the sport version you'll be up to 60 mph in under five seconds. (Personally, I'm looking forward to being able to listen to Pandora Radio in my car and checking directions on Google Maps – it has a 17 inch touchscreen with in-car 3G connectivity.)

"Model S doesn't compromise on performance, efficiency or utility — it's truly the only car you need," said Tesla CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. "Tesla is relentlessly driving down the cost of electric vehicle technology, and this is just the first of many mainstream cars we're developing."

Tesla cars will not require that routine oil change and they have far fewer moving (and breakable) parts compared to typical internal combustion engine vehicles. The battery pack is mounted on in the floor and was designed to be changed in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank. And with the QuickCharge, you'll be ready to hit the road after only 45-minutes.



Expected to start production on the Model S in late 2011, the anticipated base price of the Model S is $49,900 after a federal tax credit of $7,500. You'll have the option to choose your battery pack – 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge. Of course, the Model S is an all electric vehicle and costs roughly $5 to drive 230 miles!

Reservations for the Tesla Model S are taking place online and at California showrooms. This spring Tesla Motors is said to open a store in Chicago, while stores in London, New York, Miami, Seattle, Washington DC and Munich later in the year.

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Tesla Motors’ Model S Roadster finds new home in San Jose, CA.


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San Jose, CA – Tesla announced the new construction of a $250 million facility to house production of their 100% electric Model S Roadster (shown above), a luxury sedan that will seat five. Hoping to receive LEED, U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, gold certification construction will begin in Summer of 2009. Expected to be priced around $60,000, this factory will produce at least 15,000 Model S Roadsters with the help of 1,000 workers, half of which are planned to head to Europe for sale. This is one company to watch, the momentum of their progress is simply astounding.

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