Tesla Model S Review and Prices


Silicon Valley is going to break records and offering something that is truly innovative – the 2012 Tesla Model S is being pegged as the first electric vehicle that is targeted for the masses and yet it will only be offered at around $50,000. Looking for a fast and sleek midsized vehicle that is all about luxury, then you can get more details below.

This is only the second offering from Silicon Valley as an automaker but the 2012 Tesla Model S is already generating a lot of buzz in the industry. And rightfully so, it is unlike most other electric vehicles that does not deliver power and yet all it does is juice out the fuel and rob it off with mileage. You’d also be quite surprised to learn that this vehicle is a looker. Its exterior styling is somewhere of a cross between the Maserati Quattroporte and Jaguar FX. After all, the design for this vehicle model was created by former Mazda designer Fritz van Holzhausen. The presence of sleek lines makes it look like a hatchback that is packed with lots of features. But how about its performance?

According to the manufacturers, the 2012 Tesla Model S will make a big splash when it will enter to the auto market. The size will be somewhat close to the BMW 5-Series wagon with a base weight of approximately 4,900 lbs. As a pure-electric midsize sedan, there is not much competition available for this new vehicle although the gas/electric Fisher Karma hybrid is the one closest concept-wise. There were a few that were expected for release to give this one some competition such as the LS 600h BMW and the Lexus GS 450h, although these vehicle models were not as efficient in terms of running cost.

Currently, these are all the information available for the 2012 Tesla Model S since the development is still ongoing and that changes could very well be expected. There is a standard option of three battery packs though, each one offering variant miles range starting with 160 to 230 and the premium battery pack expected to go up to 300 miles. The battery life has been dubbed by the manufacturer as “useful” since it could last for 5 to 7 years, which will vary according to your driving style, charge cycles, and the operating temperatures.

Pro’s of 2012 Tesla Model S

*Efficient running cost;

*Reliable battery packs choices;

*Competitive pricing.

Con’s of 2012 Tesla Model S

*Lack of charging stations available;

*Performance output is not yet known.

Pricing Details

The 2012 Tesla Model S pricing details is not yet confirmed but if there are no surprising interim costs that would increase the base price for this vehicle model as it sets to release in spring or summer of 2011. As expected, the base price is estimated at $54,600 but if the federal tax credit will apply, then it will bring down the base price to only $49,900.

The Bottom Line

The 2012 Tesla Model S looks a bit sketchy at this point with lots of information yet to be revealed. But if you are looking to get a pure-electric midsize sedan that is built with efficient functionality and reliable on-road performance, then this might be worth investing your money on.

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