Reservation payments vary by country: $5,000USD / $5,000CAD. The reservation payment for Model S Signature is $40,000USD / $40,000CAD.
Reservation Holders will be invited to configure their Model S about three months before its production date.
You have the one-time option to defer the date on which your vehicle enters production.
Tesla vehicles are designed and built to meet the unique requirements of each market and are physically different country to country as required by law. Customers should reserve Model S in the market they intend to register and drive their vehicle. Exporting cars into different markets is not supported by Tesla Motors.
At the base price of $49,900 (after US Federal Tax Credit), Model S comes equipped with the 40 kWh battery, 19" all-season tires, interior surfaces of black microfiber and synthetic leather, the 17" touchscreen, a 200-watt, seven-speaker stereo system with AM/FM and HD radio tuners, a Universal Mobile Connector and J1772 adapter.
To qualify for the US Federal Tax Credit, the new vehicle must be purchased by the taxpayer, and not purchased for resale. The credit is applied when the taxpayer completes their annual tax forms. Qualification is contingent on Adjusted Gross Income.
Model S is expected to have insurance premiums consistent with other cars in its class.
Model S is designed and built in California.
20,000 units will be produced per year. 5,000 units will be produced in 2012.
American deliveries begin in Summer 2012.
The first 1,000 Model S vehicles delivered in the United States and the first 200 in Canada will be Signatures. Model S Signature will come with the 85 kWh battery.
Model S can be serviced at Tesla Service Centers or Tesla Service Rangers can come to your home or office to perform routine maintenance.
Electric vehicle ownership is extremely advantageous compared to traditional vehicle ownership - gasoline is not needed and routine maintenance is minimal.
Compared to a vehicle like the BMW 535i, Model S will save its owners approximately $8,000 over five years in fuel costs alone.
Model S does not use gasoline.
Model S is engineered to perform in both hot and cold climates.
Model S is a rear wheel drive vehicle.
Model S Performance will be available at the start of production. It accelerates to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and features unique exterior accents as well as a custom interior.
Customers interested in Model S Performance need not make modifications to their reservation.
Aerodynamic 19” wheels are designed to reduce wind resistance. Disc-like in shape, they channel air along the sides of the vehicle and can add up to 5% range during highway driving.
Signature Red is only available for Model S Signature vehicles. An additional shade of red will be introduced in 2013.
Tesla uses no PVC in the manufacturing of interior materials.
Model S is equipped with eight airbags.
Model S is child-seat ready. It features the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) System that eliminates the use of seat belts to secure child safety seats. There are two LATCH System anchors in the second row seats.
Model S is engineered with the intent to achieve 2012 five-star NHTSA safety ratings. Final safety data is not yet available.
17” Touchscreen connectivity packages will be available. These packages will be announced in 2012.
Tesla uses automotive-grade, Lithium-ion battery technology. These batteries do not suffer from “memory effect”.
Tesla offers three batteries, denoted by the kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy they store: 40 kWh, 60 kWh, and 85 kWh. Travelling 55 mph, the kWh figures can be translated to the stated range capabilities of 160, 230, and 300 miles, respectively.
While technically possible to upgrade from a 40 kWh battery to a larger battery at a later time, Tesla recommends configuring your Model S with the battery that meets both present and future needs.
As energy storage capacity increases, so does the total power. This results in quicker acceleration.
As energy storage capacity increases, so does the battery’s long-term mileage capability. Each battery comes with an 8-year warranty but the mileage differs.
Battery lifetime is affected by two things: age and the energy it delivers over the years. The Tesla battery is optimized for nightly charging: such topping off enhances the longevity of your battery.
The Model S battery will not lose a significant amount of charge when parked for long periods of time. For example, Model S owners can park at the airport for extended vacations without plugging in.
Accessory use does not have a dramatic impact on driving range. Range fluctuates based on vehicle speed, driving style, and road conditions. Holding these factors constant, using higher consumption accessories like climate control will reduce range approximately five to ten percent.
Model S is designed to regenerate charge when decelerating or driving downhill.
Given rapidly changing battery technology, it is impossible to accurately forecast the cost of future battery replacements.
Model S plugs into any standard outlet.
The charge port is hidden from sight in the driver's side rear taillight.
220V outlets, like the ones used to power a dryer, charge Model S more quickly than a standard 110V outlet.
Model S can be equipped with a Single Charger (10 kW) or Twin Chargers (20 kW). Tesla provides two charger capabilities based on significant research into customer needs. The Twin Chargers are needed for pairing with power sources between 10 and 20 kW. To determine the power of an outlet (measured in kilowatts), multiply the voltage by the current. At 20 kW,, Model S can recover 62 miles range per hour of charge.
The Universal Mobile Connector comes standard with three adapters: Standard 110-V, Standard 240-V, and a J-1772 Charging Station adapter. Many other adapters will be available for purchase.
The Model S Charge Port represents a significant technological advance from Roadster. Tesla is evaluating the best way for Roadster owners to use their existing equipment and/or upgrade to newer, more capable units.
Tesla recommends plugging your Model S in each night or when convenient to maintain optimum driving range and battery health.
Many utilities offer lower rates for off-peak energy consumption, making charging your Tesla at night even more affordable.
Model S is not currently designed to incorporate the use of solar panels on the vehicle. Customers can use home solar panels to charge Model S.
If you’re interested in installing a home solar system to charge your Tesla, we recommend working with a local solar installer to develop and install a system that supports your total daily energy demand. Assume average energy usage per mile is approximately 300Wh/mile (188Wh/km). Multiply 300Wh/mile (188Wh/km) by your daily driving distance to estimate your daily vehicle energy consumption.