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2011 Tesla Model 'S' Electric Sports GT Has Vroom!!

FRANKFURT, GERMANY - When Tesla Motors brought their Model 'S' show car to the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show this year, one of theirEarth Motoring's photographers took this side view shot of what is Tesla's second ever production car, and expected for the 2011 model year. The Tesla Motors Model 'S' electric car runs completely off an electric charge stored on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack and it is a pure 100% zero-emissions car.

Tesla Motors, based in San Carlos, California, in the United States plans to sell the Model 'S' at a base price of $49,900 U.S. dollars in America, and this price will be inclusive of the maximum $7500.00 U.S. federal tax credit offered for purchasers of an electric car. The Model 'S' seats 5 adults and 2 children for a maximum 7 passenger capability and the car is available in three battery pack configurations.

The Model 'S' will be manufactured in San Jose, California and will be a world car available for purchase in international markets through the Tesla Motors factory dealership locations. Tesla Motors has not yet announced a European price for the Model 'S', but it is expected that we will know this a little closer to the expected 2011 production release date. Three different battery pack configurations will be available on the Tesla Model 'S', with a 160 mile (256 km) full charge driving range being the first level, and 230 (368 km) and 300 miles (480 km) being the other two battery pack range configurations available as options.

Tesla Motors has even built in the capability on the Model 'S' to do a battery pack swap in 5 minutes, for owners who wish to purchase a second battery and keep it charged on a rack in their garage. Tesla also says that when using a quick charger, the Model 'S' has the capability to be fully charged in 45 minutes, or the car can be charged overnight off a 120 V, 240 V or 480 V home outlet.

Announced performance on the 2011 production Model 'S' is expected to be a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) of 5.6 seconds, and with a top speed of 120 mph (192 km/h). Each lithium-ion battery pack type offered on the Model 'S' will be liquid cooled to improve cooling and battery longevity, and Tesla says a full charge of the car should be possible at a cost of only $4.00 U.S. The Model 'S' will also feature a 17 inch infotainment screen that will both monitor the vehicle's charging and overall performance and act as the entertainment interface. 

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