Top speed of the Tesla Model S, formerly code-named White Star, will be limited to 120 mph. Three battery pack options will offer a range of 160, 230 or 300 miles on a charge, which can be handled in 3 to 5 hours by 120V or 240V outlets, or in 45 minutes by way of a 480V supply. Of course, Tesla points out, you could just swap out the battery in 5 minutes. Tesla Motors
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Tesla’s new teaser photos may be the first ones showing the new Model S sedan in mid-flog, but don’t expect to catch one along the coast highway just yet. Tesla says the first deliveries of the $57,400 all-electric sedan (with a $7,500 government rebate check in hand, the price will drop just below 50 large) will commence in 2011. The company says they’ve already taken more than 1,000 pre-orders, along with deposits of $5,000 a pop. Here’s to you, early adopters.

[via egmCarTech]

Tesla Model S, Driving

Silicon Valley’s Tesla Motors released new photos this week of its upcoming Model S all-electric sedan. Tesla’s chief designer, Franz Von Holzhausen, is behind the wheel.

Tesla Model S, Full Frontal

Tesla says the 3,825-lbs Model S, which is powered by a similar all-electric powerplant as the roadster, will get from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, around the same as a BMW 535i.

Tesla Model S, Side View

Top speed of the Tesla Model S, formerly code-named White Star, will be limited to 120 mph. Three battery pack options will offer a range of 160, 230 or 300 miles on a charge, which can be handled in 3 to 5 hours by 120V or 240V outlets, or in 45 minutes by way of a 480V supply. Of course, Tesla points out, you could just swap out the battery in 5 minutes.

Tesla Model S, Low Angle

Tesla officials said earlier this year the Model S will arrive in 2011 at a base price of $57,400, or $49,900 after $7,500 in government rebates.

Tesla Model S, Front

Tesla unveiled the Model S prototype this past March at the company’s design studio inside the SpaceX rocket factory, a space-exploration start-up founded by Tesla (and PayPal) founder Elon Musk, in Hawthorne, Calif.

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