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Tesla offers sneak peek of new electric Model S [Video]

August 2, 2011 |  8:56 am

Tesla Model S

Tesla, the Palo Alto electric car company, released a sneak peek of its Model S prototype zipping around a test track. Tesla, which apparently doesn't want gawkers or competitors watching the tests, doesn't provide much footage and wouldn't say where the video was shot.

With its Jaguar good looks, the Model S is expected to be the first premium all-electric sedan when it comes to market next year.

Based on the prototypes, the vehicle offers ample seating for five adults and there will be an option for an additional two rear-facing children’s seats. The sedan will have some zip too, with an anticipated 0 to 60 in under 6 seconds.

The car will start at $57,400 and have three battery pack options, providing from 160 to 300 miles per charge, depending on the battery pack. It is expected to qualify for federal and state incentives and car-pool lane permits.


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Photo: Tesla Model S. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Video: Tesla Model S Sneak Peek: Alpha Drives. Credit: Tesla Motors via Vimeo.