Tesla Model S, a new type of high-end, environmentally-friendly car, is set to go on sale next year. Car creator Elon Musk, inventor of PayPal and SpaceX, has announced that this new model can do zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. According to ABC News, that’s faster than some versions of the Porsche 911.
While this new high-end vehicle is pricey, sales starting at $57,000, Musk promises it pays off. The cost of gasoline is zero. The car is plugged in when it’s parked. Musk also promises that it will be plugged in less often. The Tesla Model S should have enough battery capacity to go more than 300 miles on a charge. It contains several Lithium-Ion batteries, mostly in a rack on the bottom of the car.
Tesla models are significantly different from the gas-electric hybrids such as Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt. Hybrids have both electric motors and gasoline engines that share the work. Tesla does not do tanks. By some estimates, the lack of gas tanks could reduce carbon emissions per mile by 70 percent.
Tesla Model S is a new and improved version of the Model S Sedan. Tesla has already been selling a small volume of the Roadsters for $109,000 each. In January, the company will start to phase them out to focus on the Model S.
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