21.12.2011 Tesla confirms new Model S pricing
In anticipation of their new electric Model S due for US customers in 2012, Tesla are pleased to announce final pricing and options for reservation holders.
Due to volatility in global currency rates, UK pricing will not be confirmed until 6 months prior to the start of deliveries here, likely to be in early 2013. However, the US price tag will form a good guide.
Rumours were circulating that the price of the Model S would be increased from provisional figures announced in 2009 – but prices are confirmed as unchanged. The basic 40 kWh battery version will cost $57,400 before federal incentives. This model will come with 19 inch alloy wheels, a 17 inch touch-screen sat nav a Universal Mobile Connector with three adapters for different charging points.
Tesla has also said that there will also be 60 kWh and 85 kWh battery versions, with price tags of $67,000 and $77,000 respectively. This will be the first all-electric model to launch with three different battery options, providing range options of 160, 230 or 300 miles. Tesla says they are proud of their battery technology and will offer warranties of up to 8 years with unlimited mileage.
Tesla's iconic and popular Roadster model was the first mass produced all-electric sports car available in the UK, which costs around £85,000 – its performance has been unmatched by another mainstream electric vehicle since. The Model S has similar performance statistics with numerous improvements, but due to advances in battery technology and knowledge gained during the success of the Roadster, on the road prices have dropped considerably.
Taking the confirmed US prices as a guide to what UK prices will be, the three Model S variants will cost around £36,200, £42,500 and £49,000 depending on battery size. This means that the base model will start at less than half the price of the Roadster – very reasonable considering the high quality, executive style and advanced performance to be expected.
The Tesla team has worked extremely hard over the past three years to create a car that will far exceed your expectations and set a new benchmark for innovation and excellence in the automotive world. They believe that by offering the three different range options, all which exceed that of most available electric cars today, people will be able to select a Model S that suits their requirements and price range.
The all glass panoramic roof provides a fresh cabin experience, and a foldaway rear facing row of children's seats means that it is a potential 7 seater. 0-60 mph can be achieved in 4.4 seconds, faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera. A Performance version will also be available from the start of production.
Although still a little wait until we start to see the Model S on UK roads, it is certainly to be a ground=-breaking model when it does arrive. To find out more about the new Tesla offering, visit their website here.
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