Tesla Motors made its new Model S commercially available this summer. Tesla’s Model S is described by the company as “the world’s first premium electric sedan.” The company’s current plans are to build 5,000 Model S’s by the end of 2012 and 20,000 by the end of 2013.

“In 2009, we set out to build the most innovative car of the 21st century, and since then have dedicated ourselves to developing and testing Model S to ensure that under any situation, Model S never disappoints,” said Tesla Motors co-founder, CEO and Chief Product Architect Elon Musk. “Today we achieved our goal with an exceptional car that we believe sets a new standard for efficiency, safety, style, technology, operating cost and performance.”

The Model S was designed and built as an electric vehicle. EPA tests set the electric vehicle range at 265 miles. Tesla offers three batteries, differentiated by the kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy they store: 40 kWh, 60 kWh, and 85 kWh. Travelling 55 mph, the kWh figures can be translated to the stated range capabilities of 160, 230, and 300 miles, respectively. Model S plugs into any standard outlet. 240 volt outlets, similar to the ones used to power a dryer, charge Model S more quickly than a standard 110 volt outlet.

Customers can currently purchase Tesla’s new Model S online through the company’s reservation and delivery system or at one of its retail stores in America. Credit: Tesla Motors.

Interior of new Tesla Model S featuring its 17-inch touch-screen console. Credit: Tesla Motors.

Each Model S comes equipped with a 17-inch screen on the car’s console with mobile and wireless internet access. Features also include music control and maps which can be accessed hands free.

Tesla is taking reservations online and at Tesla retail stores around the world. Tesla has 22 company-owned stores and galleries worldwide. The company opened four stores and galleries this summer: at 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California, Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona, Washington Square in Portland, Oregon, and on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Florida. Tesla plans to open about twelve New Design retail stores and galleries worldwide in 2012, mostly in North America.

Customers also have the option of getting the Model S delivered to them. If they upgrade to a “Tesla Personal Delivery,” the company will deliver their car wherever a customer chooses.Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 in Palo Alto, California. It was named after the famous inventor and electrical engineer, Nikola Tesla. The company’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars.

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