Tesla Working On Faster Model S
Although the regular version of the Tesla Model S hasn’t been launched yet, the automaker is already working on a hotter version of the EV, a model confirmed by the company’s CEO Elon Musk. The standard model will be able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in a decent 5.6 seconds while the hotter version should do it in less than 4.5 seconds, while featuring the exact same 85 kWh, 300 mile-per-charge battery pack.
Musk joked that this new version will be “quicker than a [Porsche] 911 [Carrera]” which is “not bad for an electric luxury sedan.” This new model will come with enhanced powertrain in order to cope with the additional current for quicker acceleration and is going to be available alongside with the 120-mile, 230-mile and 300-mile Model S.
Those who want a range of more than 300 miles will be able to order the 2012 Tesla Model S with aerodynamic wheels that will be able to provide an additional 20 miles of range. The automaker mentioned that it takes less than 60 minutes to charge the battery of the 300-mile range model thanks to the new direct current external charger. The onboard AC charging will be done via either the single 10 kilowatt charger or two 10 kilowatt chargers.
Tesla added that they have received 6,000 orders so far for the Model S and each of the clients made a deposit of at least $5,000. If they will manage to sell these cars it means that Tesla will have sold out all of the cars allocated for the first year of production, nine months before the first Model S arrives at its customer.
Source: Tesla Motors via Green Car Reports