Tesla Motors has laid out a list of options and prices for the new Model S sedan on its web site. US deliveries of the groundbreaking luxury EV, which Tesla modestly calls “the best car in the world, not simply the best electric car,” will begin in fall of 2012. The company claims that the year’s planned production run has already sold out.
Prices start at $57,400 for the most basic model, and can crack 100 grand for a fully-equipped Performance model. There are three optional battery sizes – all fit in the same enclosure at the bottom of the chassis, which gives the Model S several advantages in terms of handling, structural rigidity and increased cargo space. The 40 kWh battery offers a range of around 160 miles, the 60 kWh option around 230 miles, and the top-of-the-line 85 kWh juice box a road-trip-worthy 300 miles. All Tesla’s batteries come with a warranty for eight years or at least 100,000 miles (unlimited miles for the 85 kWh option).
All models come with a 17″ touchscreen and a Universal Mobile Connector with adapters for 110-volt or 240-volt home outlets and public J1772 chargers. Available options include a glass panoramic roof, foldaway rear-facing third row seats, Tesla’s sporty wall-mounted fast charger, and a tech package that includes a back-up camera, keyless entry and various other electronic goodies.