With delivery expected to begin in mid-2012, the Tesla Model S full-sized battery electric sedan developed by Tesla Motors would come for a base price of US$57,400. The base model will have a range of 160 miles (260 km) when fully charged, and a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) acceleration of 5.6 seconds.
The first 1,000 sedans off the line will be the Signature Series, equipped with the 300 miles (480 km) battery pack.
Charging times vary depending on the battery pack’s state-of-charge, its overall capacity, the available voltage, and the available circuit breaker amp rating (current).
From high amperage, 20 Kw, 240 VAC line, the range can be restored by 62 mi (100 km) for every hour of charging, equivalent to about five hours to fully charge the 85 kWh size batteries.
With commercial-grade equipment, an 80% charge could be obtained with a 45-minute Quick-Charge. In addition, a battery swap will be possible in less than two minutes.
The company has also designed its own DC fast-charge unit, capable of delivering 480 volts, which would be called the Supercharger. Tesla reported that the first Supercharger would be installed along Interstate 5 at the Harris Ranch in Coalinga, Calif., roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, within the next three or four months.
Tesla plans to install super charging stations along major freeways such as the I-5 between Canada and Mexico. It is clear that Tesla plans for Super-Chargers to be along the I-5, which would make it much easier for Model S owners to go on a road trip.