Elon Musk transformed the way we do business online when he invented paypal. He then went on to play a large role in transforming the way in which humanity will explore the universe outside of our planet when he founded SpaceX, one of the first serious commercial space flight operations in existence. A few years ago he founded Tesla Motors, a high end electric vehicle lab and manufacturer.
Since its inception, Tesla has largely been seen as a producer of luxury electric super cars for the image and eco conscious amongst the upper echelons of society. With the release next year of the much anticipated and surprisingly affordable all electric Tesla S, Elon Musk is coming down from the worlds of aerospace, e-commerce, and high price tag automotive luxury, and he is stepping into the realm of the average American driver, drivers who are concerned about fuel economy and the environment, but also want to feel like they are behind the wheel of a high tech rocket ship.
The 2012 Tesla Motors Model S is a full electric practical daily driver, not to mention that it is also a beautifully designed work of art and engineering, both inside and out, and is chock full of new and innovative concepts outside of the battery technology. This will include built in 3G interactive technology, allowing the driver and passengers full access to information and navigation tools, as well as a number of options for entertainment and gaming. This 3G connectivity will also allow the driver to check on the battery charge, among other things, from a remote location, allowing the vehicle’s user to plan according to the amount of juice they have left, as well as the nearest charging station.
The standard charging time for the battery is projected to be 3 to 5 hours, depending on the battery capacity, and a 45-minute QuickCharge will be possible when connected to a 480 V outlet. In addition, a simple battery swap will be possible in less than two minutes.
The 2012 model will be priced at $57,400 (for the base model with the 160-mile range), $67,400 (230 miles) and $87,400 (300 miles). This may not sound like the most affordable vehicle on the planet, but when you factor in the fact that you will never have to stare down the cold hard face of a gas pump ever again, you realize that the higher than average price tag on this vehicle will quickly pay for itself in a myriad of ways.
Phoenix Valley auto enthusiasts can set up an appointment with a Tesla Motors representative in the Phoenix Valley area, or they can take a trip to California and see these remarkable vehicles at their point of origin. Phoenix Valley auto enthusiasts should plan on attending the Phoenix Arizona International Auto Show to learn about the most recent concepts and innovations in the area of fuel economy and all electric driving from Tesla and the rest of the auto industry, taking place at the Phoenix Arizona Convention center over Thanksgiving weekend.