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 anybody see this today??

 

 

 

what a total tease!!!  tesla is apparently releasing their 'model s' (i assume 's' for sedan) in march, but they released this pic today.

 

we've got a lot cheaper vehicle to look forward to from tesla, according to this article from wired...

 

 

The sneak-peek comes as founder and CEO Elon Musk tells customers and would-be customers all is well with the electric car company, which he says will be profitable by the middle of this year. He's also confident the company will get a $350 million loan from the Department of Energy to help build the factory that will produce the Model S, although the feds tell the Associated Press no decision's been made on that.

As for the Model S, Tesla isn't offering much in the way of details, but Musk has likened the car to a BMW 5-Series or a Cadillac CTS. One insider we know said it will offer the practicality of a 5-series with the sexiness of an Aston Martin Rapide.

From what we see from the photo, the Model S -- designed in-house after Tesla's famousfalling out with designer Henrik Fisker -- looks like it draws more heavily from, say, Maserati and Aston Martin than BMW. Its also got better front-end proportions than theFisker Karma sedan, but then Tesla isn't stuffing a four-cylinder General Motors engineunder the hood to serve as a range-extender.

Tesla says the car will go into production in 2011 and it is expected to cost less than $50,000 once you account for the $7,500 federal tax break on electric cars. That's less than half the price of the Roadster, which goes for $109,000. 

The company plans to unveil a running prototype of the Model S on March 26.

 

 

post #2 of 5

That's cool they'll have a prototype soon, but it's too bad it won't be in production for over 2 years!

post #3 of 5

$50,000 is still way more than I would ever pay for a car.  And I think that goes for most.  I am glad they are trying something else though, I like the way it looks from the little bit they show.

post #4 of 5

Yeah, $50k is still pretty steep for sure, I just can't imagine how hard it must be to break in to the automotive industry, so I've always been a fan of Tesla's strategy to wrap their technology in the sexiest wrapper possible to get the PR, investment, etc. that they need.

 

We'll see whether it works, but they still have my full support.

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 wow!! Can't wait till March to see all of it!  :)  Yeah, I agree on Tesla strategy but I would never pay $50k or more for a commuter car.  We'll probably see the compact version two years after the Tesla S production...  2013??!  :(

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