Tesla has announced that the first Model S deliveries will kick off on June 22nd, which is ahead of the original July timeframe.
has that the first Model S deliveries will kick off on June 22nd, which is ahead of the original July timeframe. “In 2006 our plan was to build an electric sports car followed by an affordable electric sedan, and reduce our dependence on oil,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO and Chief Product Architect. “Delivering Model S is a key part of that plan and represents Tesla’s transition to a mass-production automaker and the most compelling car company of the 21st century.”
Several customers will receive their cars that day at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. Model S test-drive events will begin rolling out to select North American cities in July. Tesla will be ramping up production throughout 2012 and plans to deliver 5,000 vehicles by year end. Reservations for the premium electric sedan currently exceed 10,000.
The Model S sedan seats up to five adults and two children with its optional rear facing seats. Tesla claims that it accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and it has the longest range of any electric car in the world. Its official range is expected to be around 320 miles. The base Model S starts at $49,900 after the $7,500 federal tax credit.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk also this week that “All crash testing is complete for 5* (max) safety rating. Cars can now be built for sale to public!”