The Tesla Model S is a full-sized battery electric sedan developed by Tesla Motors, with delivery expected to begin no later than July 2012. The base model will have a range of 160 miles (260 km) when fully charged, and a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) acceleration of 6.5 seconds.
The first 1,000 sedans off the line will be the Signature Series, equipped with the 300-mile (480 km) battery pack. Charging times vary depending on the battery pack’s state-of-charge, its overall capacity, the available voltage, and the available circuit breaker amp rating (current). From a high amperage, 20 kW, 240 VAC line, the range can be restored by 62 miles (100 km) for every hour of charging, equivalent to about five hours to fully charge the 85 kWh size battery. With commercial-grade equipment, an 80% charge could be obtained with a 45-minute QuickCharge. In addition, a battery swap will be possible in less than two minutes.
I went to see the Tesla Model S for the first time at an event in Newport Beach, California. They were the talk of the town as people lined up to get a closer look. The Models S was getting the attention it deserved. I waited toward the end of the event, when the crowds died down, so I could have private time with these magnificent pieces of art. To learn more details on this car read my previous post. Also you can check out my first Roaster experience.