Tesla Model S electric performance car deliveries began tomorrow: Price, mileage, range and much more (Photos)

Tesla Model S is geared up, equipped and ready for deliveries. Produced from the company plant in Freemont, California, this electric vehicle has a range of 265 miles (424 kms) per recharge which is yet unbeaten by any other long range mileage electric car currently in the market while using the EPA five cycle testing procedure. However with the older two cycle testing system this same model would be capable of over 300 miles (480 kms) per charge which is much greater than the 244 (390 kms) miles offered by the Tesla Roadster.

Warranty for Tesla S would be 4 years or 50,000 miles whichever comes first while the 40 kWh battery has an 8 year or 100,000 mile warranty whichever is first. Tesla Model S has a lightweight aluminum body reinforced with high strength boron steel elements. It has a UV and infrared blocking safety glass windshield and rain sensing adjustable windshield wipers. It possesses 19” cast aluminum wheels with all season tyres of Goodyear Eagle RS-A2 245/45R19 and options of 21” wheels with Continental Extreme Contact DW 245/35R21 tyres.

The above mileage and range figures applies to the top of the line Tesla S with 85 kWh battery pack which has a price tag of $69,900. High performance range of Tesla Model S price would commence from $84,900. Base model starts at $49,900 and comes with a 40kWh battery pack. Scroll down for more information.

Inside Tesla 06.19.12 – Assembly Center


Tesla Model S Features

Additional Dimensions

Front head room: 39.8″
Rear head room: 36.6″
Front leg room: 42.0″
Rear leg room: 36.7″
Front shoulder room: 57.6″
Rear shoulder room: 55.0″
Seating capacity: 5 adults
Luggage capacity, rear: 28.7 cu. ft. (seats up)
Luggage capacity, rear: 66 cu. ft. (seats down)
Luggage capacity, front: 8.1 cu ft.
Turning circle: 37 ft.


Lightweight aluminum body reinforced with high strength, boron steel elements
UV and infrared blocking safety glass windshield
Rain sensing, adjustable speed windshield wipers
Frameless, tempered safety glass front windows
Solar absorbing, laminated safety glass rear window with defroster
Flush mounted door handles
Manual folding side mirrors
19″ cast aluminum wheels with all-season tires (Goodyear Eagle RS-A2 245/45R19). Note: optional 21″ wheels come with Continental Extreme Contact DW 245/35R21 tires
Aluminum roof
Halogen headlights with automatic on/off and LED daytime running lights
Backlit side turn signals, front side marker lights and rear reflex lights
LED rear taillights and high-mounted LED stop lamp


Model S is a rear wheel drive electric vehicle. The liquid-cooled powertrain includes the battery, motor, drive inverter, and gear box.
40 kWh microprocessor controlled, lithium-ion battery
Three phase, four pole AC induction motor with copper rotor, variable frequency drive
Drive inverter with regenerative braking system
Single speed fixed gear with 9.73:1 reduction ratio

Suspension, Steering, and Brakes

Double wishbone, virtual steer axis coil spring front suspension and independent multi-link coil spring rear suspension
Variable ratio, speed sensitive, rack and pinion electronic power steering
Electronic Stability Control
Traction Control
Anti-Lock disc brakes (ABS) with ventilated rotors and electronic parking brake; front: 355 mm x 32 mm; rear: 365 mm x 28 mm


10 kW capable on-board charger with the following input compatibility: 85-265 V, 45-65 Hz, 1-40 A (Optional 20 kW capable Twin Chargers increases input compatibility to 80 A)
Peak charger efficiency of 92%
10 kW capable Universal Mobile Connector with 110 V, 240 V, and J1772 adapters


Eight way, power adjustable front seats
Hand wrapped microfiber and synthetic leather interior surfaces in black
Piano black décor accents
Center armrest with two cup holders
Open center console storage area
Aluminum interior door handles
60/40 split second row seats
200 watt, seven speaker stereo system with AM/FM/HD radio. Supports MP3, AAC, and MP4 music formats. System includes four speakers, two tweeters and one center channel speaker. Flash memory storage for up to 500 songs.


17″ capacitive touchscreen with media, communication, cabin, and vehicle controls
Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling and streaming music
Three spoke, multi-function steering wheel with tactile controls
Tire pressure monitoring system


4 year or 50,000 mile, whichever comes first, new vehicle limited warranty
40 kWh battery has a 8 year or 100,000 mile, whichever comes first, warranty


Keyless entry
Driver seat detection sensor for start/stop functionality
Cruise Control
Standard definition backup camera
Manual rear liftgate
Power tilt and telescopic steering column
Power windows featuring one-touch up and down with resistance reversing to protect against pinched fingers
Micro-filter ventilation system with replaceable filters
Front LED map lights and rear LED reading lights
Front sun visors with LED illuminated mirrors
Fully trimmed frunk and rear cargo area with keyless open
12 V power outlet
Automatic climate control with dual zone temperature settings, air distribution controls and recirculation
Glove compartment
Wi-Fi antenna
Dual front USB ports for media and power


Eight airbags: head, knee and pelvis airbags in the front plus two side curtain airbags
Driver and front passenger seat sensors
Driver seat position sensor
Three point driver and front passenger safety belts with retractor pretensioners and secondary lap anchor pretensioners and load limiters
Three point second row safety belts for all three seats
Acoustic safety belt warning
Crash sensor for high voltage disconnect
Two second row LATCH attachments for child seat installations
Rear door child safety locks
Interior, manual release mechanism for all doors, frunk, and rear cargo area
Anti-theft alarm system
Horn. Beep. Beep.


The reservation payment is 100% refundable.

Reservation payments vary by country: $5,000USD / $5,000CAD. The reservation payment for Model S Signature is $40,000USD / $40,000CAD.

Reservation Holders will be invited to configure their Model S about three months before its production date.

You have the one-time option to defer the date on which your vehicle enters production.

Tesla vehicles are designed and built to meet the unique requirements of each market and are physically different country to country as required by law. Customers should reserve Model S in the market they intend to register and drive their vehicle. Exporting cars into different markets is not supported by Tesla Motors.


At the base price of $49,900 (after US Federal Tax Credit), Model S comes equipped with the 40 kWh battery, 19″ all-season tires, interior surfaces of black microfiber and synthetic leather, the 17″ touchscreen, a 200-watt, seven-speaker stereo system with AM/FM and HD radio tuners, a Universal Mobile Connector and J1772 adapter.

To qualify for the US Federal Tax Credit, the new vehicle must be purchased by the taxpayer, and not purchased for resale. The credit is applied when the taxpayer completes their annual tax forms. Qualification is contingent on Adjusted Gross Income.

Model S is expected to have insurance premiums consistent with other cars in its class.


Model S is designed and built in California.

20,000 units will be produced per year. 5,000 units will be produced in 2012.

American deliveries begin in Summer 2012.

The first 1,200 Model S vehicles delivered in North America will be Signatures. Model S Signature will come with the 85 kWh battery.


Model S can be serviced at Tesla Service Centers or Tesla Service Rangers can come to your home or office to perform routine maintenance.

Electric vehicle ownership is extremely advantageous compared to traditional vehicle ownership – gasoline is not needed and routine maintenance is minimal.

Compared to a vehicle like the BMW 535i, Model S will save its owners approximately $8,000 over five years in fuel costs alone.


Model S does not use gasoline.

Model S is engineered to perform in both hot and cold climates.

Model S is a rear wheel drive vehicle.

Model S Performance will be available at the start of production. It accelerates to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and features unique exterior accents as well as a custom interior.

Customers interested in Model S Performance need not make modifications to their reservation.

Aerodynamic 19” wheels are designed to reduce wind resistance. Disc-like in shape, they channel air along the sides of the vehicle and can add up to 5% range during highway driving.

Signature Red is only available for Model S Signature vehicles. An additional shade of red will be introduced in 2013.

Tesla uses no PVC in the manufacturing of interior materials.

Model S is equipped with eight airbags.

Model S is child-seat ready. It features the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) System that eliminates the use of seat belts to secure child safety seats. There are two LATCH System anchors in the second row seats.

Model S is engineered with the intent to achieve 2012 five-star NHTSA safety ratings. Final safety data is not yet available.

17” Touchscreen connectivity packages will be available. These packages will be announced in 2012.

Model S comes with a 4 year or 50,000 mile, whichever comes first, new vehicle limited warranty. An additional warranty covers the battery and varies by kilowatt hour capacity.


Tesla uses automotive-grade, Lithium-ion battery technology. These batteries do not suffer from “memory effect”.

Tesla offers three batteries, denoted by the kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy they store: 40 kWh, 60 kWh, and 85 kWh. Travelling 55 mph, the kWh figures can be translated to the stated range capabilities of 160, 230, and 300 miles, respectively.

While technically possible to upgrade from a 40 kWh battery to a larger battery at a later time, Tesla recommends configuring your Model S with the battery that meets both present and future needs.

As energy storage capacity increases, so does the total power. This results in quicker acceleration.

As energy storage capacity increases, so does the battery’s long-term mileage capability. Each battery comes with an 8-year warranty but the mileage differs.

Battery lifetime is affected by two things: age and the energy it delivers over the years. The Tesla battery is optimized for nightly charging: such topping off enhances the longevity of your battery.

The Model S battery will not lose a significant amount of charge when parked for long periods of time. For example, Model S owners can park at the airport for extended vacations without plugging in.

Accessory use does not have a dramatic impact on driving range. Range fluctuates based on vehicle speed, driving style, and road conditions. Holding these factors constant, using higher consumption accessories like climate control will reduce range approximately five to ten percent.

Model S is designed to regenerate charge when decelerating or driving downhill.

Given rapidly changing battery technology, it is impossible to accurately forecast the cost of future battery replacements.


Model S plugs into any standard outlet.

The charge port is hidden from sight in the driver’s side rear taillight.

220V outlets, like the ones used to power a dryer, charge Model S more quickly than a standard 110V outlet.

Model S can be equipped with a Single Charger (10 kW) or Twin Chargers (20 kW). Tesla provides two charger capabilities based on significant research into customer needs. The Twin Chargers are needed for pairing with power sources between 10 and 20 kW. To determine the power of an outlet (measured in kilowatts), multiply the voltage by the current. At 20 kW,, Model S can recover 62 miles range per hour of charge.

The Universal Mobile Connector comes standard with three adapters: Standard 110-V, Standard 240-V, and a J-1772 Charging Station adapter. Many other adapters will be available for purchase.

The Model S Charge Port represents a significant technological advance from Roadster. Tesla is evaluating the best way for Roadster owners to use their existing equipment and/or upgrade to newer, more capable units.

Tesla recommends plugging your Model S in each night or when convenient to maintain optimum driving range and battery health.

Many utilities offer lower rates for off-peak energy consumption, making charging your Tesla at night even more affordable.

Model S is not currently designed to incorporate the use of solar panels on the vehicle. Customers can use home solar panels to charge Model S.

If you’re interested in installing a home solar system to charge your Tesla, we recommend working with a local solar installer to develop and install a system that supports your total daily energy demand. Assume average energy usage per mile is approximately 300Wh/mile (188Wh/km). Multiply 300Wh/mile (188Wh/km) by your daily driving distance to estimate your daily vehicle energy consumption.