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It was more than three years ago that electric-vehicle-maker Tesla unveiled prototypes of its Model S midsize hatchback sedan, claiming a 0-60-mph time of less than six seconds and a battery range of up to 300 miles. At the time, many considered it little more than an over-hyped automotive pipe dream.
But on Friday, June 22, 2012, that dream became a reality.
On that date, several buyers—who had long had deposits down on their cars—finally took delivery of their Model S sedans from the Tesla manufacturing facility in Fremont, California. All the cars were top-line Signature Performance versions in black, white, or dark red. According to the company’s website (teslamotors.com), the Signature Performance version starts at just under $98,000 after the $7,500 federal tax credit, not including options.
Although no known subjective tests have yet been done on production models, the factory is sticking to its initial performance and range estimates. On the website, the Signature Performance version is described as having an 85 kWh (!) battery pack and a “high performance drive inverter” that allow it to dash from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, top out at 130 mph, and—with more sedate driving, one would assume—cover up to 300 miles on a single charge.