Tesla Motors Opens Canadian Model S Orders

Tesla Motors has announced that it will begin accepting reservations for its upcoming Model S vehicle in Canada. We’ve covered the electric car quite a bit recently, noting its impressive range of 300 miles in the top-tier version, and showing off a couple of photo galleries, one of the cars themselves and one of the production facility.

The luxury electric vehicle manufacturer is planing to only make 5,000 of the cars in 2012, the first of which will be delivered sometime in the middle of the year, but will increase to 20,000 units during 2013.

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The Model S is certainly a sleek machine, with cargo room under the front hood thanks to the battery pack being floor-mounted, and features like a 3G connected touch-screen monitor with the ability to check charging status from a mobile device. Furthermore, the automaker says the electric car can be charged as quickly as forty-five minutes, and comfortably seat five adults.

Impressive details aside, however, even the cheapest version the car costs over $50,000, making something like the Nissan Leaf or Mitsubshi i-MiEV a more affordable option for some consumers. Of course, those drives might not be having as much fun as a Tesla owner, who has the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds.

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