Can an automobile powered by only electricity be a muscle car? The 2013 Tesla most powerful version puts out 416 hp and delivers 443 ft-lb of torque propelling you from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds with the 85 kWh battery pack while the lesser model with the same battery pack produces 362 hp with 325 ft-lb of torque will do 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Like internal combustion engines there are three power or battery pack variations as well. The entry level has a 40 kWh battery and will provide 160 mile range between charges with the 60 kWh model has a 230 mile range between recharging. The discontinued lighter weight Roadster was quicker, slightly longer range, and much more expensive but there will be new developments in the near future.
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The basic price for 2013 is $49,900.00 and the highest performance model can be had for $84,900.00 after the $7,500.00 tax rebate is received. That does sound a bit high end until you consider that the fuel costs are nil. The Tesla luxury sedan can seat up to seven passengers-five in the roomy cabin and the rear facing jump seat is suitable for two children or can also be used for storage. With the battery pack and electric motor stashed under the floor boards there is still more storage space under the hood where a conventional fossil fuel vehicle would have the engine.
The newest Tesla sedan is much different than the older roadster that has to alter the design to fit an existing chassis. The model “S” Fastback sedan is now on its own platform and it is designed with consumer styling needs in mind making the first of the new generation a practical family car. The car sports a flawless body design and then when you push the door button-it opens automatically revealing the spacious well laid out, luxuriously appointed interior.
Since you have read this far let’s start at the beginning. There was a by invitation only event held in behind closed doors in the Barker hanger at the Santa Monica Airport on July 19, 2006 with 350 invitations sent out The public was introduced to the Tesla Roadster at the San Francisco Auto Show from November 18-26, 2006 and since then were shown in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Frankfurt. Elon Musk is the architect and co-founder of the company and he took official delivery of the first unit in February 2008 with another 500 models produced and delivered up until June 2009. In July 2009 the second version for 2010 has been upgraded and at the same time the Roadster Sport production begins. Right hand drive vehicles were brought unto production in 2010 and from then until September 2012 a total of 2,418 units have been delivered to 31 nations worldwide. The Sport will do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.7 seconds compared to the original roadster’s 3.9 seconds. The Roadster, powered by the lithium-ion battery can normally travel 200 miles between charges but managed to set a world record of 311 miles (501 km) between charges travelling at an average speed of 25 mph in the Australian outback in 2010. Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally in 2010 the Tesla beat out 96 competitors to walk away with top honours for range, efficiency, and performance in the three day 1,000 km/h (620 mile) challenge.The EPA rates the Tesla roadster as being able to travel 244 miles (393 km/h) between charges averaging 88% efficiency. In the United States the roadster has a base price of $109,000.00, 86,000.00 British pounds, 84,000.00 Euro, and A$191,000.00 but does receive a number of tax/government incentives in most nations.
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