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Concept-Tesla Model S Preview

2/24/2012


Tesla Model S ConceptCriticalKnowledge:
  • World's first mass-produced all-electric vehicle
  • Seats 7 passenger: 5 adults and 2 children
  • 17-inch infotainment screen
  • 3G wireless connectivity
  • Single electric motor with a 1-speed transmission
  • 45-minute quick-charge
  • Three battery options offer up to a 300-mile range
  • Scheduled for production in late 2011

Introduction
Tesla Motors is a startup automobile manufacturer on track to be theworld's first mass producer of environmentally-conscious electricvehicles. Founded in 2003, the first model introduced by the SiliconValley-based company was the Tesla Roadster. Currently in production,the small 2-seat Roadster shares its platform with the Lotus Elise.However, it has been heavily reworked with new lightweight body panels,an electric powertrain, and a battery pack for all-electric operation.The Model S is the second model from Tesla. It was designed by Franzvon Holzhausen, formerly Mazda'sNorth American director of design,following his familiar Nagare ("natural flow") theme. Significantlylarger than the Roadster, the 5-door sedan was originally code-namedthe "WhiteStar" during early development. In early 2009, the new Tesladebuted as the "Model S" concept. With seating for up to 7 passengers,the all electric 5-door is planned for production in late 2011.

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