Sunday, July 5, 2009

Made In The USA: One Step Away From The Perfect No Gas, No Emissions, Electric Vehicle

Made In The USA: One Step Away From The Perfect No Gas, No Emissions, Electric Vehicle

My Choice Tesla “S” For The Future!

Now All That Has To Done Is: “Unplug it!” The Cost Will Drop With Investment Amortization. Notice; This Is Not A Detroit Vehicle!

With a range up to 300 miles and 45-minute Quick Charge, the Model S can carry five adults and two children in quiet comfort – and you can charge it from any outlet, without ever stopping for gas. World’s first mass-produced electric vehicle offers performance, efficiency and unrivaled utility for a base price of $49,900*, making it the only car you’ll ever need.

  • - 300 mile range
  • - 45 minute Quick Charge
  • - 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds
  • - Seats 7 people
  • - More cargo space than sedans
  • - 2X as efficient as hybrids
  • - 17 inch infotainment touchscreen
  • -a top speed of more than 130 miles an hour

520 Tesla S Sedans Reserved In One Week: Company Gets $2.6 Million In Fees

· LOS ANGELES — Tesla Motors, the electric-car maker, unveiled its much-anticipated Model S sedan on Thursday, here at the SpaceX rocket plant, which is also owned by Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk.

· Mr. Musk, in introducing the Model S, said the first cars would be delivered to customers in the third quarter of 2011. The company said it would build the car in Southern California, but would not say where.

· Three different power configurations will be available, Mr. Musk said, “160-mile, 230-mile and 300-mile battery packs.” The 160-mile pack comes standard on the $57,400 base model (a federal tax credit can shave $7,500 from the price). He declined to provide pricing for the longer-range battery packs, but said they could be rented or leased “if you wanted to go on a long trip, or something.” Battery packs have a projected life expectancy of seven to 10 years and can be easily changed or swapped, he added.

· In its most powerful configuration, the Model S would weigh “about 4,000 pounds” and have a top speed of more than 130 miles an hour, Mr. Musk said. It is said to accelerate from a standing start to 60 miles an hour in less than six seconds. The $109,000 Tesla Roadster can sprint to 60 miles an hour in four seconds.

· The Model S, which looks a bit like the Maserati Quattroporte sedan, was the subject of a recent styling re-do by Franz von Holzhausen, formerly of Mazda, who joined Tesla last year. The original design was sketched by Henrik Fisker, who has since started his own electric-car company.

· The Model S will seat up to seven people. Folding the rear seats down increases cargo space.

· “It has side-facing seats in the rear, like some station wagons once had,” Mr. von Holzhausen said. “You can also fit a 50-inch plasma TV in there, a surfboard and other large objects — although not at the same time seven people are sitting in it. It’s one or the other.”

· The version shown here had a glass roof, which Mr. von Holzhausen said was also planned for the production model.

· “The absence of a conventional powertrain creates all sorts of possibilities for rethinking the traditional interior configuration of the automobile,” he explained.

· There was some initial confusion about pricing at Thursday’s press conference. Mr. Musk said the price would be $49,900 and suggested the actual cost would actually be less, “down in Ford Taurus territory” when factoring in savings of “$10,000 to $15,000” because the Model S uses no gasoline and qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. He later said that the price is, in fact, $57,400 and that the federal tax credit should be deducted from that amount, not the $49,900 price he had earlier cited.

· Tesla is planning production of up to 20,000 Model S sedans yearly, once manufacturing at its planned plant ramps up fully in mid-2012. Mr. Musk said production of the vehicle was being moved from a previously announced site in San Jose, Calif. The company has said that Model S production also depends on the approval of a loan from the Department of Energy.

· Last year, the federal government made $25 billion in low-interest loans available to automakers big and small to develop new technologies like electric cars. The Department of Energy is currently in the process of sifting through the applications.

The Obama Administration today announced $8 billion in conditional loan commitments for development of green cars, including some which is expected to create up to 650 Bay Area jobs.

The money includes $5.9 billion for Ford Motor Company to transform factories across Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio to produce 13 more fuel efficient models; $1.6 billion to Nissan North America, Inc. to retool their Smyrna, Tenn., factory to build advanced electric automobiles and to build an advanced battery manufacturing facility; and $465 million to Tesla Motors to manufacture electric drive trains and electric vehicles in California.

The first Tesla loan will finance a Southern California factory – with an estimated 1,000 jobs – to produce the Tesla Model S sedan, which is expected to be about $50,000 cheaper than Tesla’s first vehicle, the Roadster. The all-electric car consumes no gasoline, running entirely on electricity from any conventional 120V or 220V outlet; it’ll get the equivalent of more than 250 miles per gallon, which is far better than the 32.7 mpg minimum efficiency required for large sedans. Model S production is to start in 2011 and ramp up to 20,000 vehicles per year by the 2013’s end. This integrated facility expects to create 1,000 jobs in Southern California.

The second part of the Tesla loan will support a Bay Area factory – employing an estimated 650 workers – making battery packs and electric drive trains to be used in Teslas and in other automakers’ cars including the Smart Fortwo city car by Daimler. Early pilot battery pack production is to start in 2011, reaching about 10,000 by 2012 and 30,000 packs in 2013.

These are the first conditional loan commitments reached as part of the Energy Department’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program; more loans are coming in the next few months to large and small auto manufacturers and parts suppliers up and down the production chain.

“We have an historic opportunity to help ensure that the next generation of fuel-efficient cars and trucks are made in America,” President Obama said in a news release. “These loans – and the additional support we will provide through the Section 136 program – will create good jobs and help the auto industry to meet and even exceed the tough fuel economy standards we’ve set, while helping us to regain our competitive edge in the world market.”

Although he’ll be here to talk about American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus funding for clean energy projects, watch for Energy Secretary Steven Chu to mention the Tesla loan when he visits the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention Thursday in San Francisco.

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