Tesla electric car Model S first delivery begins, more than 10,000 units pre-ordered

By on Jun 23, 2012 in Automobile, United States Comments

Tesla Motors revealed on Friday, June 22, 2012 that the first delivery for its electric car Model S has started, and among the first buyers were from Chicago and Palo Alto, with more than 5,000 vehicles being expected to sell this year.

Tesla Model S cars, being delivered to early buyers
during the Tesla press event in California (June 22, 2012)

Image Credit: Gigaom.com

As announced by Tesla via a press conference that day held in their plant at Fremont, California, there were more than 10,000 pre-orders for the battery-powered car with $5,000 deposit, which cost from $49,900 to $84,900 (after tax), depending on options and the distance it can travel between charges.

Apparently, ten ‘signature’ Tesla Model S cars were rolled out which had a starting price between $95,400 to $105,400 during the said event, which was attended by an estimated of a thousand people including Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk, Tesla employees and their relatives, and some local politicians such as California Gov. Jerry Brown.

“It’s another example of California on the move, cutting-edge technology picking up where others left off. This is another example of California on the move. This is a great car. You’re a bunch of great workers.” Gov. Jerry Brown was quoted in the said event.

“They say we don’t know how to get it done. California has its issues, but all of you are part of a state that is leading the country, if not the world, and this car is just another example of boldness.” The California governor added.

The Tesla Model S, which was unveiled by Mr. Musk in October 2011 in an event, has three battery options; 40 kWh for the 160 miles (257 km), 60 kWh230 miles (370 km), and 85 kWh for the 300 miles (483 km). The complete list of the specs is available on their official website at TeslaMotors.com.

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