Few New Details Emerge from Customer Event about Tesla Model S

By · October 03, 2011

Tesla Model S Customer Preview

Last weekend, Tesla held an event for customers who preordered its upcoming $57,400 Model S sedan. The event was designed to accelerate buzz for the vehicle, which is less than two years away from production. According to Reuters, the main message from Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk was to ask the crowd to "talk up the car."

Customers were not given the opportunity to drive, but the ride from passenger seats was described as very quiet and refined. Beyond the promotion, what concrete items did we learn about Tesla’s second model? Here’s the beginning of a list.

  • Tesla will introduce a faster Model S that goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. The basic Model S is already quick at 5.6 seconds from zero to 60.
  • Tesla will also offer an S model with aerodynamic wheels that enable 320-mile range—to augment the three previously announced battery ranges: 160 miles, 230 miles, and 300 miles.
  • Tesla says the 300-mile range Model S will be able to recharge from empty to full in under an hour thanks to its new direct current external charger. The 90-kilowatt units will be installed by Tesla along freeways. The on-board AC charging will be handled by a single 10-kilowatt charger or two 10-kilowatt chargers.
  • As reported by an anonymous post on PluginCars.com, Tesla is not using the J1772 industry-standard plug on the Model S. Tesla believes their smaller unique electrical plug is superior to the adopted industry standard plug—but that it will comes with adapters allowing use of J1772 chargers.
  • The Model S’s 17-inch LCD-based center dashboard screen is about three times larger than the 10-inch screens of the iPad and the next-largest car display, the 2009 BMW 7-Series. Currently, it’s a single-finger touch, lacking the multi-touch swipes and gestures of the iPhone and iPad.
  • The company plans to unveil its Model X sports utility prototype in December. The Model X is due out in late 2013.

What else did you hear or read that should be added?

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