Tesla Shows Off Model S Electric Sedan At Detroit Auto Show

Tesla Motors, heading into this week’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, decided it was time to trot out a working prototype of its next generation Model S electric seven passenger sedan. Tesla said it currently plans to begin production in “early 2012,” with a base price of around $49,900 after federal tax credits.

The Tesla Model S, according to the New York Times, has a swappable battery module which “will let owners choose three levels of power and range for the Model S.” This next generation electric vehicle will reportedly have a 300 mile range and 45 minute quick charger time, allowing one to take even longer road trips than originally thought in such a vehicle.

image via Tesla

image via Tesla

Key features of the Model S, according to some of the latest information from Tesla, include 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, a 17-inch infotainment touch screen, a hatch design for oversized items, a second trunk under the hood, a rear seat that folds flat and a top speed of 120 MPH.

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