Tesla’s final phase in its business plan is to mass produce its all-electric cars. It’s a bit slow due to the lack of financing, but that is no more. Thanks to the partnership with Toyota, Tesla just confirmed that it will begin delivering the Model S electric sedan in the second quarter of 2012. Tesla expects to produce about 20,000 units annually from its new plant in Freemont, California.
So far, about 3,000 people have put their names in for the Tesla Model S, and it will be delivered in the begin of second quarter of 2012. We don’t have the specific pricing yet, but Tesla plans to make its electric cars more affordable than previous versions. The price of the Model S electric sedan will be between $49,000 and $60,000, instead of the previous $100,000 price mark.
The Tesla Model S features a compact electric motor and transmission assembly that is mounted behind the rear axle. The motor produces about 300 kilowatts of power, which is an equivalent of 402 horsepower. This enables the Tesla Model S to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6 seconds.
To power the Tesla Model S sedan, it uses state of the art lithium-ion battery pack that features a liquid cooling system to keep the battery temperature at bay. In addition, the Tesla Model S has three options for the battery pack: a standard 160 miles per charge with the option for the 230 and 300 miles per charge battery packs.
Best of all, the Tesla Model S sedan now comes with some cargo space of about 30 cubic feet, which is way more cargo space than the Tesla Roadster.