Tesla today announced that the 2012 Tesla Model S, due to launch next year, will indeed carry a base price of $49,900 following federal tax credits. The electric carmaker released the pricing news on its Web site in part to quell rumors that the all-electric sedan for every man — or at least every relatively well off man – might cost more than initially expected.
The price applies to the base model Model S, which will be equipped with the 40 kWh battery, which will boast an impressive estimated range of 160 miles on a single charge and a claimed 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds, according to Tesla. Standard equipment includes an impressive, huge 17-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the Model S rolls on 19-inch wheels. But before the base Model S arrives next winter, Tesla is rolling out its more expensive variants featuring bigger battery packs and extended range.
First on the production schedule is the Model S equipped with the 85 kWh battery, which will go on sale next summer with a price of $69,900 (after federal tax credits); it is expected to have a range of 300 miles. Model S sedans equipped with the 65 kWh battery pack will follow three-months later and should be able to travel 230 miles on a single charge; price is set at $59,900. Finally, a performance model fitted with the 85 kWh battery pack will cost $79,900. Tesla is estimating a 0-to-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds for the top performer of the Model S bunch.
Tesla has also launched a dedicated website for the Model S, neatly laying out all the pricing, specs, and options. The rear facing seats, for example, will increase passenger capacity to seven and will set you back $1,500, as will the available panoramic roof. The site also includes information on the number of charging options that will be offered with the Model S.