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Postby Tavish » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:58 am

Anyone else really excited about the details that are coming out on the Tesla Model S Sedan concept car that is supposed to hit production in 2011? At $50K it will likely be out of my price range even though that is about the time I'm expecting to get a new car, but it is still something I will have to test drive and take a hard look at.

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The Tesla Model S Sedan will have a 300-mile range, 45-minute fast charge capability, a 0-to-60 time of 5.5-seconds and seat seven.
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The interior features 2 LCD screens, one displaying the gauges and one mounted centrally featuring a full touch screen. Seating has five seats facing forward with two seats folded down into the trunk space that flip upward and face out the back of the Model S.


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Re: Tesla Model S

Postby Metroid » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:17 am

I have never heard of Tesla....does it run on Tesla Coils? :-B

Seriously though it Tesla the name of the car maker or the model? :-?
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Re: Tesla Model S

Postby Tavish » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:33 am

Metroid wrote:I have never heard of Tesla....does it run on Tesla Coils? :-B

Seriously though it Tesla the name of the car maker or the model? :-?

Tesla Motors is the manufacturer. They are a California start-up that makes high-performance electric cars. They have some heavy backers include the founders of Google, eBay, and PayPal and design help from Lotus.
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Re: Tesla Model S

Postby Metroid » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:37 am

Tavish wrote:
Metroid wrote:I have never heard of Tesla....does it run on Tesla Coils? :-B

Seriously though it Tesla the name of the car maker or the model? :-?

Tesla Motors is the manufacturer. They are a California start-up that makes high-performance electric cars. They have some heavy backers include the founders of Google, eBay, and PayPal and design help from Lotus.

Wow that's cool, I'd love to see one up close. ;-D
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Re: Tesla Model S

Postby Yoda » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:46 am

Last I heard they were running short on funds. In this economy, I'm not sure how many people will have $50k for a car. Plus you have to figure that the first generation will have a load of problems.
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Re: Tesla Model S

Postby Matthias » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:09 pm

Article today about this in the NYTimes.

The company is applying for $250MM - $300MM in loans from the gov't to build a production plant. And they estimate that with the savings in fuel costs, the lifetime price comparison is the same as buying a $35,000 Ford Taurus.
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Re: Tesla Model S

Postby markj11 » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:31 pm

Seems like they would have been better off starting with a lower end production car.
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Re: Tesla Model S

Postby Tavish » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:35 pm

Matthias wrote:Article today about this in the NYTimes.

The company is applying for $250MM - $300MM in loans from the gov't to build a production plant. And they estimate that with the savings in fuel costs, the lifetime price comparison is the same as buying a $35,000 Ford Taurus.

They should qualify for the full tax credit too of $7500.
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Re: Tesla Model S

Postby Yoda » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:43 pm

Matthias wrote:Article today about this in the NYTimes.

The company is applying for $250MM - $300MM in loans from the gov't to build a production plant. And they estimate that with the savings in fuel costs, the lifetime price comparison is the same as buying a $35,000 Ford Taurus.


How many years of ownership before you see that kind of savings on fuel costs? Most people don't drive their car until it dies.
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Re: Tesla Model S

Postby Tavish » Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:13 pm

Yoda wrote:
Matthias wrote:Article today about this in the NYTimes.

The company is applying for $250MM - $300MM in loans from the gov't to build a production plant. And they estimate that with the savings in fuel costs, the lifetime price comparison is the same as buying a $35,000 Ford Taurus.


How many years of ownership before you see that kind of savings on fuel costs? Most people don't drive their car until it dies.

Well the estimates I've seen for cost per mile for charging the Tesla Roadster is around $.03 per mile. Just a basic estimate for a gas car at 25 mpg (which is slightly higher than the national average) and $2 per gallon (again slightly higher than national average) would be $.08 per mile. So to save $15K in fuel alone it would take 300K miles which certainly wouldn't work. Of course if the price of gas rises and the cost of electricity stayed steady that number would fall rather quickly.
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