Tesla Motors Brings Model S to the Autobahn for the First Time
Press Preview in Munich Marks the Beginning of Company's Global
Rollout of Model S
MUNICH, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/01/12 -- Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:
TSLA) announced today that Model S, the world's first premium
electric sedan, arrived in Europe last week for a nearly weeklong
press preview in Munich, Germany. This marks the beginning of
marketing activity for Model S outside North America. European press
and media had the chance to drive Model S on all types of typical
European roads and cruised effortlessly on the Autobahn for the very
first time. Tesla plans to deliver Model S to reservation holders in
Europe and Asia in 2013.
"Our goal has always been to build the best car in the world and set
new standards for safety, range, design and performance. We have
achieved this with Model S in North America and now it's time to
introduce the extraordinary Model S driving experience to Europe,"
said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. "Our Tesla Roadster
introduced us to the world and we believe Model S will now be seen as
the ideal alternative for customers seeking the most advanced luxury
performance sedan available today."
Model S has the same immediate response, instant torque and smooth
acceleration that made Roadster famous. Model S accelerates from 0 to
100 km/h in 4.6 seconds without hesitation and without a drop of
Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up
as an electric vehicle and has been engineered to elevate the
public's expectations of what a premium sedan can be. At the heart of
Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented
range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure,
nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of
gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from
world's best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury
Setting the bar for electric driving range, Model S offers 40 kWh, 60
kWh and 85 kWh battery options. All deliver unprecedented range, with
the 85 kWh equipped car achieving up to 500 kilometers on a single
charge. All three batteries use automotive-grade lithium-ion cells
arranged for optimum energy density, thermal management and safety.
Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the
interior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan in its
class and includes a second trunk under the hood. The interior
features a 17" in-dash touchscreen with Internet capabilities,
allowing for streaming radio, web browsing and navigation.
Tesla's goal is to accelerate the world's transition to
electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable
electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs,
as well as EV powertrain components for partners such as Toyota and
Daimler. Tesla has delivered more than 2,400 Roadsters to customers
worldwide. Model S, the first premium sedan to be engineered from the
ground up as an electric vehicle, began deliveries to U.S. customers
in June of this year. Tesla has already received more than 13,000
reservations worldwide for Model S.
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