Long range Tesla S available in 2012

Tesla Model SJust add $20,000

 Tesla hosted a customer party in Milan, Italy where owners were very interested in what is going on with the development and plans for the Model S, shown above. A sleek, pricy, luxury four door electric vehicle (EV), the Tesla Model S has many on the street interested in EV technology.

Clearly seeking the EV at any cost crowd, the Model S will be available in four trim levels (though not clearly identified as such yet). The first 1000 offered to North American buyers in mid-2012 will be the Signature Series, costing north of $77,400 – more likely over $80,000. Signature Series vehicles will be capable of a 300 mile range between charges. The second production run will have the battery pack of the Signature Series, but not all of the options. The “regular” 300 mile range Model S will set you back roughly $77,400. Next up will be the 230 mile range sedans at $67,400 and finally the 160 mile range entry level cars priced at $57,400. George Blankenship, VP, Worldwide Sales and Ownership Experience posted on the Tesla site earlier today. The goal is 5,000 units produced in 2012 ramping up to 20,000 in 2013. Sounds like if you want a sub-$60,000 Model S you’re going to have to wait awhile.

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