Tesla motors has talked and teased its all-electric Model S sedan to death. But today at noon, Pacific Time, the official unveil goes down in Los Angeles. Location: "a high-security rocket factory." The perfect locale, it would seem, for the eccentric visionary Elon Musk to do his song and dance.
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Says Senior Communications Manager Rachel Konrad, when Tesla production begins in 2011 the Model S "will likely be world's first mass-produced, highway-capable electric vehicle." She also claims it'll have the versatility and practicality of a conventional car, not a stretch given the excellent performance of the Tesla Roadster that's proven an impressive drive with a few on our staff.
Stay tuned, and we'll bring you photos and information from the event as we get them. We'll be getting as close to the car as we can, though they say the one-off show car will not be available for driving (or even sitting in).
What we want to know:
- Same motor as the Roadster?
- Single-gear (like Roadster) or multiple ratio gearbox?
- Supplier, layout, and specific lithium-ion chemistry for the battery pack
- Greater range than the Roadster? (244 miles EPA, approx. 200 in practice)
- Vehicle skin/frame: pure Tesla, or a modified sedan chassis from another auto maker?
- Curb weight - any aluminum frame/body pieces?
- Any components from Daimler, per the formalized relationship with Tesla?
- Proposed annual production volume/sales projections
- How much Federal funding proposed for the project (and what will happen if funds are not granted?)
- Total Model S program costs?
- Location, age, and specifics of manufacturing facility
Tesla Model S Unveil Schedule:
- 12:30 p.m. - CEO Elon Musk and Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen discuss and reveal Model S, begin informal Q&A with Tesla Motors execs.
- 1:15 p.m. - Q&A concludes, crowd moves outside.
- 1:30 p.m. - Musk and von Holzhausen drive the Tesla Model S.
- 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Informal one-on-one sessions between Tesla Motors execs and members of the media. Model S on display for still photography.