Tesla S gets souped up speed
Electric carmaker Tesla got gearheads buzzing this weekend with its announcement of a tweak to its Model S luxury sedan to give it super speed. The souped-up version will go 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and get about 320 miles per charge.
Green Car Reports has more on the specs:
The sportier version features the same 85 kilowatt-hour, 300 miles-per-charge battery pack found in the 2012 Model S Signature series.
“That’s quicker than a [Porsche] 911 [Carrera],” joked [Tesla CEO Elon] Musk. “Not bad for an electric luxury sedan.”
In fact, it’s better than some of the gas-powered cars in its class, including a few that Tesla fans say look remarkably similar to the Model S:
Want more? See one Houstonian’s Tesla photos from a factory tour in California and check out this clip of Model S test cars on the track:
Tesla Model S Sneak Peek: Alpha Drives from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.
Rumor has it you’ll be able to try out Tesla’s yourself at a Houston dealership soon. And if you think Tesla’s got a good business model, see who we think is even more likely to succeed in the electric-car game:
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No. 1: Chevrolet Volt
The Chevy Volt has gotten glowing reviews from critics, but it hasn't caught on with the public just yet. According to Mother Nature Network, you should expect that to change as GM ramps up its capacity this year.
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No. 2: The 2012 Toyota Prius
Toyota's latest Prius will go 13 miles all on electricity before switching over to the Prius that we've all grown to love.
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No. 3: Nissan Leaf
Nissan has sold 12,000 all-electric vehicles worldwide so far, and more customers might be lining up for the Leaf as it debuts on the East Coast. However, the price is going up to $38,000.
No. 4: Tesla Model S
To debut next year, the Tesla Model S is an all-electric sedan that's sure to spur interest in electric vehicles. The Mother Nature Network notes that the price tag of $49,990 might make it more affordable than the exotic Roadster model that costs more than $100K.
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No. 5: Ford C-Max Energi
The Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid is set to debut in 2012, but it should be a game changer in market. Ford is hoping the C-Max Energi will get a range of about 500 miles.
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No. 6: Ford Focus Electric
The all-new Ford Focus Electric is a zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free version of Ford's popular small car and is the flagship of the company's growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid.
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No. 8: Honda Fit EV
The Hondra Fit is set to debut in 2012, but could it be as popular as the company's Honda Civic? Who knows, but it might.
No. 9: BMW i3
Much like the Tesla S and the Porsche 918, the BMW i3 isn't what you expect out of a electric vehicle. It's sleek and beautiful, but it comes with another big price tag -- $100,000.
No. 10: Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in
Where should we begin with this car? It's amazing, and it's a hybrid. However, the $845,000 price tag makes it a dream for most of us. Porsche is also only making 918 of these too so it will be tough to get.