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First Look at the Stunning Tesla Model S

Fri, 03/27/2009 - 7:48am

Editor's Note: We need these first-generation electric vehicles. Recognizing that there are shortcomings does not remove the importance of developing and improving this technology. First-adopters and the intrepid will be the first guinea pigs, but the successive generations of vehicles will appeal to a larger and larger public. 

(From Wired.com) - Tesla Motors' Model S is a stunningly beautiful car that that builds upon the cachet of the Roadster and proves the company is serious about pushing electric vehicles into the mainstream. Company CEO Elon Musk compared the luxury and practicality of his car to the BMW 5 series and Mercedes Benz CLS sedans and said history will place it alongside the Ford Model T. His car, he said, is that important and will play a similar role in reshaping the auto industry.

"This is one of the most historic cars," Musk said moments before pulling a black sheet off a silver prototype of the Model S, which the company all but swears will be in driveways by the third quarter of 2011. "We are trying to accelerate the EV revolution and get us off oil."

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