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2012 Tesla Model S
It all began with a late-night tweet two weeks ago by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.
In it, he announced that Tesla would unveil its much-discussed Supercharger network of dedicated quick-charging stations–usable only by 2012 Tesla Model S drivers–on September 24.
Well, today’s the day.
And this evening, the world can watch to learn details of a device that, Musk says, “will feel like alien spaceships landed at highway rest stops.”
Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] will reveal not only the looks and details of the Supercharger, but also its deployment plans, in a webcast tonight from an event that starts at 7:30 Pacific (10:30 pm Eastern).
Starting at 8 pm Pacific (11 pm Eastern), you can watch a webcast of the Supercharger event online.
It calls tonight’s event, to be held at the company’s Design Studio in Hawthorne, California, not an unveiling or a launch but a “Premiere.”
The announcement, it should be noted, appears to have caught Tesla’s communications staff slightly off guard. Rumor has it they first learned of today’s date via Musk’s tweet.
The need for quick charging has to do with the large lithium-ion battery packs of the Model S variants. The 85-kilowatt-hour pack would take 12 hours or more to recharge fully using a conventional 240-Volt, Level 2 charging station.
Thus far, here’s what we know about the Supercharger:
- The 90-kilowatt charging station is said to add as much as 150 miles of range to a Model S in half an hour
- The unique charging connector on the 2012 Tesla Model S accepts both Level 2 AC charging and Supercharger DC quick-charging over the same set of pins
- Last year, Tesla confirmed it would build a Supercharger corridor between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles
2012 Tesla Model S Charging Connector
For more beyond that, tune in to tonight’s event.
If past events, including the first public showing of the Model S prototype and the unveiling of the Model X crossover concept early this year, are any indication, the event will follow a set format.
It will have questionable lighting for photography, hordes of fans and reporters crowded into roped-off areas, and a lot of tired-looking Tesla employees applauding enthusiastically.
Again, the URL for the webcast is: http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger
We’ll provide a rundown of the details and the event later in the week.
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The Tesla Model S Performance looks great on paper.
Not only does the 85 kWh Model S have an impressive 265-mile EPA-rated range, but it’ll do the benchmark 0-60 mph sprint in only 4.4 seconds.
That means the all-electric luxury sport sedan from Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is at least as fast as V-8 German super sedans like the BMW M5.
But how do you quantify that sort of speed in the real world? If you’re Drag Times, you put it on the strip, preferably head to head against an American legend like the Dodge Viper SRT10. And then you beat it.
Yup, the near-silent Tesla made a mockery of the shiny red sports car–posting a quarter-mile time of little over 12 seconds in the process.
A second video shows the Tesla’s fastest pass, at 12.371 seconds and 110.84 mph. There aren’t a great many production cars which would do better–mostly vehicles well into the “supercar” or “hypercar” brackets, and at even higher cost than the Model S.
Some of the other statistics are outstanding too.
Drag Times recorded a 3.9-second 0-60 mph time on their VBOX timing gear. Given the Tesla’s hefty weight at the curb of 4,690 lbs, it’s even more impressive–weight is typically the enemy of speed.
Huge low-down torque helps, of course–the 416-hp Model S Performance develops 443 lbs-ft from zero to 5,100rpm, and power delivery is much smoother too.
While that driver in the Viper had to manage wheelspin and shift gears, the Tesla driver just has to sink the right pedal and keep it on the floor until he passes the 1/4-mile mark.
We’d love to see what other car giants the Model S is capable of killing.
With zero emissions and supercar-slaying acceleration, it seems you can really have your cake and eat it too.
Tesla Model S launch
Tesla Motors said today it would cut the third-quarter production target for its 2012 Model S all-electric sport sedan, according to a stock analyst who follows the company.
A report by Wunderlich Securities analyst Theodore O’Neill notes that Tesla is now saying it would probably only deliver 500 cars through the end of September, down from a previous target of 1,000.
It still expects to deliver about 5,000 cars by the end of 2012, meaning an average of 1,500 cars a month from October through December.
The delays were attributed to unspecified production execution issues.
Green Car Reports has asked Tesla for confirmation of the report, and will update this story if we receive further information.
[UPDATE: In response to a question asking for confirmation of the report, Tesla spokesperson Shanna Hendriks replied, “Tesla’s plan has been and continues to be a focus on quality while ramping up production of Model S. This plan has not changed, and there have been no unexpected challenges or issues.”
That translates to “no comment”; you may draw your own conclusions.]
Tesla delivered its first production Model S in late June, and is now slowly ramping up production of the pioneering electric luxury sedan.
It has said it expects to deliver 15,000 cars during 2013, once its assembly plant in Fremont, California, is up to a steady production rate.
The news caused Wunderlich to downgrade Tesla Motors stock and change its recommendation to Sell, setting a new target price of $28 per share–down from its previous target of $49.
Two other analysts, Jefferies Group and Maxim Group, left their Buy ratings for Tesla stock unchanged.
Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] stock declined steadily throughout yesterday; today the stock price climbed until about 1 pm and then began to fall.