PHOTO CAPTION: Tesla Model S will cost US$57,400 prior to incentives.

Tesla Model S Customers Get Preview

Telsa CEO Elon Musk also asks customers for support.

Published: 05-Oct-2011

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors threw open its factory doors to customers who have preordered its forthcoming Model S sedan Saturday evening.

Customers were given tours of the Fremont, California, factory, rides in a prototype of the Model S, and a plea for support from Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, a co-founder of PayPal.

"We need your help," he told hundreds of customers after driving onto a stage in a red Model S, saying many people thought of electric cars as unrealistic "unicorns."


Tesla Model S will come in three version with different ranges.

Model S battery pack is flatter and nearly the width and length of the car, and is embedded in the floor of the electric car.

2009-2011 Toyota RAV4 Sport is due for major facelift, including all-electric drive option being developed by Telsa Motors

Agreement is in addition to $50M Toyota paid for shares of Telsa in July 2010.

Tesla Model S will be produced in former Toyota/GM assembly plant.

Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors intends to initially produce 10,000 Model S vehicles a year at the site


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