TESLA CONFIRM MODEL S TO THE MEDIA – THE MOST PRACTICAL ELECTRIC SPORTS CAR
Recently our country there is a world earth day campaign where we are suppose to turn off our light between 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm on 28th of march.But seriously speaking, does it really saves mother nature? Do we really reduce the pollution by turning of the light for just an hour? From my opinion, it does’nt give much impact on reducing pollution.You know what will reduce the pollution?Electric car. And to make electric car interesting, company such as Tesla had embed performance in electric car in the Tesla Roadster.
In addition to the roadster, Tesla had confirm they will bring into production a bigger model, the Tesla Model S in the third quarter of 2011.The 196-inch (4.98m) Model S is the more practical vehicle from Tesla who also build the Tesla Roadster sports car.
Lightness is the key to have a great performance.To achieve that, they modeled the Model S right under 3,825lbs by using aluminum in most of the car construction. The coefficient of drag for the Roadster is 0.35 but Model S bring it lower to only 0.27.A single-speed transaxle is used to drive the liquid-cooled 9-inch motor so fewer parts are fitted.
To power the car, Tesla had fitted 8000 cells which in turn give a range around 483km (300miles). The cell are fitted on the floor which frees up plenty of space in other places.With the battery on the floor, the space under the bonnet can be used for storage.Unlike the roadster, the Model S can accommodate 5 adult and another 2 children in the rear facing seats under the hatch.
Eventhough the car is electrically powered, the performance number are not bad at all. A sprint to 100kmh from a standstill will only take 5.6seconds. An the quarter mile figure is 14 seconds while the top speed is 193kmh(120mph).It will brake from 60 – 0mph within 135 feet. There is a Sport version planned which will dip under 5 seconds in the 0 – 60mph dash.
A warranty of 3 to 4 years for the car and 7 to 10 years for the battery pack is expected to be offered. Good news for countries like South Africa, Japan, Australia and the UK is that the Model S will also be sold in right-hand-drive. Indicative pricing is US$49,900(RM180,000 pre-tax).