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Alcoa Salutes Tesla on the Launch of All-Aluminum Model S



  Alcoa Salutes Tesla on the Launch of All-Aluminum Model S

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- June 22, 2012

Alcoa (NYSE: AA) today saluted Tesla Motors on the introduction of the Tesla
Model S electric vehicle, an all-aluminum premium sedan that accelerates from
0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds, with zero tailpipe emissions.

Alcoa today saluted Tesla Motors on the introduction of the Tesla Model S
electric vehicle, an all-a ...

Alcoa today saluted Tesla Motors on the introduction of the Tesla Model S
electric vehicle, an all-aluminum premium sedan that accelerates from 0 to 60
miles per hour in 5.6 seconds, with zero tailpipe emissions. Aluminum reduces
the overall weight of Model S to safely maximize efficiency and range.
Practically all visible metal on Model S is aluminum. (Photo: Business Wire)

The body of Model S is a state-of-the-art, aluminum-intensive design.
Weight-saving benefits make aluminum a natural choice. Stamped sheets of
aluminum, extrusions, and castings are expertly joined for rigidity and
strength. A rigid and strong structure not only protects passengers, but also
contributes to overall maneuverability behind the wheel.

According to a Tesla blog post (http://www.teslamotors.com/blog) by George
Blankenship, Tesla Motors Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Ownership
Experience, “Aluminum reduces the overall weight of Model S to help maximize
efficiency and range… Your Model S actually starts as a huge aluminum coil
that weighs up to 20,000 pounds.” The aluminum is used to form the structural
aspects of the car and the outer panels, doors, hoods and trunk. Practically
all visible metal on Model S is aluminum.

“Tesla’s Model S is a marvel in engineering, design and, quite frankly,
entrepreneurship,” said Mark Vrablec, President of Alcoa Aerospace,
Transportation and Industrial Products, part of Alcoa’s Global Rolled Products
group. “The entire Tesla team is to be congratulated on developing the next
phase in driving and then making it a reality.”

Model S was delivered to first customers today. Tesla will be ramping up
production throughout 2012 and plans to deliver 5,000 vehicles by year end.
Reservations for the premium electric sedan currently exceed 10,000 units.

About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as
well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In
addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has
been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building
and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and
industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets
are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as
Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and
building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of
Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides
to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
for 10 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum
ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs
approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information
can be found at www.alcoa.com.

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Contact:

Alcoa Inc.
Investor Contact
Kelly Pasterick, 212-836-2674
or
Media Contact
Kevin G. Lowery, 412-553-1424
Mobile 724-422-7844
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