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All-electric car, 240+ miles per charge, 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds, to be built in San Jose Tesla factory


By WcP.Observer - Posted on 18 September 2008

Tesla Roadster

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The specs for Tesla Motor's new car are in: an all-electric, four-door, five-seat sedan that gets in excess of 240 miles per charge and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds. It will be built in what the company is calling the "greenest auto manufacturing plant in the world" on the outskirts of San Jose, Calif., the self-proclaimed world headquarters of clean technology. In other words, the car of the future is on its way here. Eventually.

Tesla Motors Product Architect and Engineer Elon Musk with high-performance Tesla Roadster

Winning a $250m (£139m) deal with electric car maker Tesla to base its new factory there, the city beat other contenders to secure a project that will bring more than 1,000 jobs to the area. "This is a big step toward being the center of world cleantech innovation," said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. Tesla boss Ze'ev Drori said that "this is proof the time has come for the electric car."

Tesla Roadster Convertible

The company plans to produce an all-electric luxury sedan, called the Model S, at the plant with a retail price of around $60,000 (£33,000.) It already manufactures a two seater zero emission Roadster which sells for $109,000 (£61,000) and is built by Lotus in England.

Mr Drori told BBC News Tesla hopes to deliver its first cars by 2010. They will have a range of about 240 miles (390 km) per battery charge. The production run is set for around 15,000 vehicles initially, with half of the line being sold in Europe. "This car signals an end to dependency on foreign oil. The summer of high gas prices has accelerated demand for such a vehicle." San Jose's mayor Mr Reed agrees. "This is the next step in transportation. Shifting from petroleum to electric vehicles will make a huge change to how the world moves and we are excited to be part of that happening."

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Photos courtesy of gas2.0, Justin Sullivan / Getty Images, Edmund.com, and Michael Kelley / Telegraph UK

Original Source: Forbes and BBC News

Official Site: Tesla Motors

It is very good design car, but how with top speed?

Honda Cars 2018

All of the cars shown above are so good and i really loved to drive them from my home. But only suitable for people who do good maintenance of them.

hi there.

More and more car makers are going for electric cars. I'm still in doubt as to the effectiveness of electric cars. I know they have their benefits but a lot of downsides too. Yes, their parts can be readily available but are the charging stations enough? I heard they can't even travel in long distances and takes awhile to charge.

@france, they build their charging stations in all states and most big cities. So you won't feel lack of attention to your car.
As for me, next year I'm going to replace my old 2005 Chevy Charger with a new Tesla Model S)) I can't wait to see it saving my money for fuel))

I heard a lot of great things about Tesla Motors cars, a friend of mine bought one the last year and he loves it. After three weeks of driving he had to search for transmission repair in Tucson because he heard some strange noises, the specialists told him nothing was wrong with the transmission and he should ask the manufactured about this.

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