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Deliveries of the Tesla Model S battery sedan will begin in mid-2012 in the US.

Deliveries of the Tesla Model S battery sedan will begin in mid-2012 in the US.

Published Mar 9, 2011

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Tesla has finally released delivery details - and indicative pricing - for the Model S battery sedan, nearly two years after its world debut.

The first 1000 production cars, to be delivered in mid-2012 in the US and late in 2012 in Europe, will be a limited-edition “Signature Series” with special badging and what the maker calls “an extensive complement of options”.

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Tesla says it plans to build 5000 Model S's in 2012, ramping up to 20 000 in 2013.

The Model S has a 42kWh lithium-ion battery that provides its electric motor with sufficient amperage for a 0-100 sprint in 5.6sec, a top speed of 200km/h and a range of “up to 483km” on a single charge.

The standard Model S 300M (480km range) will cost about $77 400 (R535 000), with a 230M (300km range) and 160M (250km range) planned to sell for $67 400 (R466 000) and $57 400 (R397 000) respectively.

That's not quite as painful as it sounds, as all Teslas qualify for a $7500 (R52 000) US government tax credit.

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