Tesla is in financial trouble
, having recently laid off employees, found a new CEO, delayed mass production of its Elise-based Roadster, and pushed back introduction of its Model-S sedan until 2011. Nonetheless, chief investor Elon Musk who, as Carscoop
claim, "took over as the company's CEO from Ze'ev Drori," told Businessweek that the new Model-S will "crush everything out there."
Said to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesel E-Class
, Lexus GS450h hybrid
, and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
, Tesla's sedan won't be able to do any car-crushing until its delayed intro date sometime in 2011. The company recently did a photo tease of the S-Model, styled by Mazda designer Franz von Holzhausen, revealing only the rear end that sports smooth lines and a carbon-fiber diffuser.
No technical details have been released for the Model-S, but Tesla has led an exciting race for fully electric vehicles that don't drive like golf carts. The Tesla Roadster
, which was recently tweaked
to yield even better performance, scoots to 60 mph in about five seconds, offers stellar handling from its Lotus Elise
donor chassis, and overall makes a great vehicle for commuters who drive modest distances and don't need big carrying capacity.--Colin Mathews
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