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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