A Car Named Desire. 300 Miles For $4.00

teslamodelToday I need to make an exception and talk about this car already considered the most desirable car on our Greener Planet. The recession will end, and I hope it will be before 2010, date at which the Tesla Model S is going to be released. Is it the reinvention of the automobile? Tesla says that 520 all-electric S Model have been reserved by customers the first week since it was presented to the press. Each customer must pay a $5,000 reservation fee, refundable if they choose not to buy the car. The base price for the Model S available in 2010 starts at $49,900 after a federal tax credit of $7,500.

 This electric sedan will offer a 300-mile range and 45-minute QuickCharge capability,. Inside volume is huge, enough for 5 adults and 2 children. Powertrain includes a liquid-cooled 9-inch motor combined with a single-speed gearbox with no shifting required, for a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph. It offers a 5-minute battery swap and charges from any outlet, with charges costing as little as $4 (for $300 miles!!!). Features include a 17-inch infotainment touchscreen with all-time 3G connectivity, 21-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, panoramic roof with sliding moon roof, retracting door handles, a hatch for large items and a 2nd trunk under the hood, a fully digital instrument cluster, LED and neon headlight and taillights. Taking a deep breath…Tesla Model S


15 Responses to “A Car Named Desire. 300 Miles For $4.00”

  1. 1 Boss Hawg Apr 5th, 2009 at 7:55 am


    This is the way of the future and I am all about clean environments for the children and the children to come.

    Tesla seems to have a very nice car here with tons of features and I wish them all the best with this venture.

    Can’t wait to see one on the road.

    Boss Hawg

  2. 2 Kirk Perry Apr 5th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Yes, a California car. We wish them great success. That being said, gasoline is being discontinued as a major fuel source, and all the more reason to allow “one-kit-per-person motorcycles” to be registered in California under the protection of Article G. of the 2006 EPA Helsinki accord.

  3. 3 Kirk Perry Apr 5th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    And, before the first pedestrian gets killed, innocently walking down the road…..PUT SOME “CLICKERS’ (like bicycle playing cards) clothes-pinned to the wheel rim flutes……so we can HEAR an electric car approaching !!
    Those juice-cars are too quiet for safety.

  4. 4 Kirk Perry Apr 5th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I’ve been passed (from behind) by a “juicer” doing at least 35mph while walking down a country road. Close enough that I could feel the whisper of wind when it went passed). Ever happen to you? You won’t forget it.
    Here’s the rub. The “juicers’ are expensive. The “juice” owners want to be recognized, not only for the curb appeal style, they want to “shock then awe” the public as often as possible into not forgetting it – in a legal way – and one way, is to inflict their “purchased” stealth, at their own chosen opportunity. They can do this today, at will, with a “juicer”.
    Synopsis: The gov. (which is practiced on “regulation” today and the future) should mandate a “public accepted” audible sound for “juicers” before the (type-A) owners get out of hand and someone gets flattened or scared out of their wits. Horseless carriages.

  5. 5 J Apr 5th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Hope it works out- so far, this company more resembles the Dale than a legitimate car maker……

  6. 6 Sheridan Apr 5th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Beautiful looking car! I thought it was a Maserati before I read the text.

  7. 7 Nicker Apr 5th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Say what………? $49,900…… !!!

    Not out-a my wallet.


  8. 8 Kenny Price Apr 6th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    my bike gets about 40 mpg and its 116 ci. it hauls ass. i dont really care about mpg.

  9. 9 Conrad Apr 6th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Sweet looking car. Its a Maserati Quattroporte gone Honda Accord.I will have to check one out once they are actually on the market. I bet that 50k MSRP will be 75k when they first come out.

  10. 10 Lyle Apr 6th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Considering there’s a start up motorcycle company selling their bikes at 35K a pop, and they ARE selling them, the price for this isn’t out of line. But how “green” is it with most of the electricity being produced in the country by coal? And how much lead and other metals is in this car? I agree that we need to start looking at alternative fueled vehicles (including motorcycles) but we also need to start looking at how these alternative fuels are being produced. But this car is a very good start.

  11. 11 Kirk Perry Apr 6th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    But will it burn rubber ? Ain’t no use, if you can’t cut loose.

  12. 12 Frank338 Apr 6th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    their first car ws an electric version of the Lotus Elise, and smoked the Elise in the quarter mile and 0-100 times, but no tire smoke, just launched and was gone in a wooosh. Yeah, they do sneak up on you, but then if you’re walking down a country road, other than the road to tire noise, most modern passenger cars will spook you too. If it’s reliable as it is promising, this will be the future (and while on the “green” kick and to answer Lyle’s question..check out the Honda Clarity, hydrogen fuel cell powers the electric motor…only discharge: water vapor)….now back to the bikes

  13. 13 Kirk Perry Apr 7th, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Well Frank, let me say this about that.
    Back in September 2008, there was an interview with a suit from GM. This guy was about 6′ – 2″, 285 lbs. A crew-cut cigar chomper.
    He was saying, with air jabs, pointing his cigar around, that – “Those Tesla people in the SIlicone Valley, are trying to run an automobile company like they’d run an Apple® computer store. It’s going to flop. There’s “in’s and out’s” to automobile manufacturing, and then the sales aspect, that if you don’t know how to react and quickly, will doom you to failure. You can’t warranty a car like a MacIntosh®.”
    Where is Tesla on delivery and maintenance issues now in 2009? Whose carrying parts? NAPA®? Fry Electronics® Are their even any parts to replace except the battery and tires?

  14. 14 J Apr 7th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Yes, Frank338, but how do they produce that hydrogen? Oh yeah…. Back to the drawing board…..

    Science is trying to solve an economics problem. Solution will always be a function of the dollar- what is the cheapest way to get from Point A to Point B. Internal combustion reigns supreme, because it simply gets you anywhere you want to go, whereas electric cannot, which makes the REAL cost of electric cars to consumers infinite thus far;

    Electric looks promising, but battery technology is still lagging. This latest Tesla, with the supposed 300 mile range and battery pack you can replace in 5 mins, looks promising, but Tesla has made a lot of claims it has yet to deliver upon;

    Check out the Fisker Karma- http://karma.fiskerautomotive.com/ – which Tesla basically ripped off, style-wise…. Their hybrid idea looks a lot more plausible at this point, plus Fisker has a track record; Then again, it also may just be vaporware at this point, plus the instrument panel in the Tesla is just way cool……..

    Hey Tesla- want to impress me? Do your stress testing in North Dakota at 10 below zero, rather than the desert….

  15. 15 MM Billetworks Apr 14th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Recent show on Top Gear found the vehicle not ready for prime time. Two of the vehicles broke down. 16 hour charge cycle needed, 16 hours-wow. Car ran for 54 miles on test track before needing a charge. Engine overheated in performance mode and automatically returned to economy/low power mode. The weight of the batteries made it handle worse than standard Lotus (think of placing 800lbs on the back of a motorcycle and how it alters the handling???). Cost? Estimated at 3 times a typical Lotus Elise.

    There is also the issue of battery replacement costs at every 50K-60K? These battery’s are expensive at $5000-$7500 a set. Disposal of these battery’s is a problem. The raw material needed to manufacture these battery’s is in question. Do we have enough electricity to charge a huge fleet of these electric vehicles? I recall the black outs in California. The administration is not allowing the building of nuclear plants. No new coal plants along with a carbon tax increase on the coal energy plants produce. Wind and solar are much more expensive to bring to market than oil as an energy form. This all translates to problems for electric vehicles.

    The up side is the styling is pretty progressive.

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