Tesla Motors are going to start delivering the first raft of electric cars to customers in June. The flagship Model S will start being released to customers by June 22 in America, a month ahead of schedule. The Model s will cost between $49,900 to $97,900.
The company are based in Palo Alto and the car has received a lot of attention in previous months as one of the most high profile battery powered vehicles. They have to fulfill 10,000 orders, but they said that not all will be delivered this year.
Chief Executive Elon Musk announced the early deliveries on the same day that SpaceX, another Musk company became the first private business to launch a spacecraft to the International Space Station. This was the first step by NASA to outsource space missions to privately funded companies.
The new Model S car is said to offer a high degree of personalization to individual driving habits. The LATimes add “For example, electric vehicles such as the Model S as well as hybrid cars come with what is known as regenerative braking systems, which feeds braking energy back into the battery to preserve the vehicle’s charge. Some drivers complain that such systems can be abrupt, slowing a vehicle with a feel that’s similar to a sudden down shift in a car with a manual transmission.
Tesla said Model S drivers will be able to adjust the braking feel, but warned that a lighter touch to the brakes will feed less energy back to the battery and reduce the electric car’s range.
Similarly, Tesla said the Model S will let drivers to adjust steering feel between comfort, standard and sport modes. They will also be able to set a preference for suspension and ride height. A car that’s lower to the ground will produce less drag and feel more firmly planted, but wouldn’t be great for zipping across a rough road or through a parking lot with speed bumps.”
Kitguru says: Its a heck of a good looking car, not sure if the performance will suit the true enthusiast however. The reported acceleration looks positive however – 0 to 60 mph in less than six seconds.