Electric Tesla catches the eye

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Next week Tesla will reveal its second electric car, to be called the Model S. To rival the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6, the Model S is like the Roadster in that it is a pure electric car with everyday driveability and range. But it will be a full-sized four-seater.

In keeping with Tesla’s futuristic image, expect innovative materials inside, similar to those used on some motor show concept cars.

Overseas reports suggest the Model S could sell for about US$60,000 ($90,600) when it goes on sale in 2011.

In a 2008 blog posting, Tesla chairman Elon Musk said the on-sale date for the Model S had been delayed for six months while the company awaited a government loan guarantee.”

Tesla is absolutely committed to development of our next-generation vehicle,” he wrote. “The net result will be a delay in start of production of the Model S of roughly six months to mid-2011. On the plus side, we will spend the extra time refining the vehicle design and powertrain technology, so the car will end up being slightly better.”

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