Tesla Motors delivered Model S, the world's first premium electric sedan, to its first customers at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California last week - approximately one month earlier than previously announced. The company plan to build 5,000 cars by the end of 2012, followed by 20,000 cars in 2013.
"In 2009, we set out to build the most innovative car of the 21st century, and since then have dedicated ourselves to developing and testing Model S to ensure that under any situation, Model S never disappoints," said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder, CEO and Chief Product Architect. "Today we achieved our goal with an exceptional car that we believe sets a new standard for efficiency, safety, style, technology, operating cost and performance."
The heart of Model S is its efficiently-packaged electric powertrain that delivers a thrilling driving experience while setting a new EPA record for electric vehicle range of 265 miles. Three battery options are available - 40 kWh, 60 kWh and 85 kWh. Model S has many similar features, including immediate responsiveness, instant torque and smooth acceleration that made the Tesla Roadster famous. Tesla has already received more than 10,000 reservations worldwide for Model S. The base price is $49,900 after available US federal tax credits of $7,500.
Deliveries in Europe and Asia will begin in early and mid-2013, respectively.
Tesla recently announced its Get Amped Model S Tour, and during the next 45 days, intends to provide more than 5,000 test drives to Reservation Holders and friends. The tour has already started in California with plans to move to Los Angeles at the weekend. The test drive tour will travel to other select North American cities in July and August.
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