2013 Tesla Motors Model S Values

New for 2013, the Tesla Model S is a RWD, full-size, electric fastback sports sedan powered by an AC permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor with only one moving part (the rotor). The standard Model S produces 362 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, for a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Upgrade to the sport-tuned Model S and performance jumps to 416 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, for a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds. Both models use a single speed transmission and are rated as zero emission vehicles. Owners have the option of charging their vehicle using a standard 120-volt wall outlet or 240-volt outlet that, when charged using a Tesla Supercharger, can bring about 50% battery life in just 30 minutes. A full charge has a range of 208 - 265 miles, depending on the battery (60 kWh vs. 85 kWh). Features include driver seat detection for start/stop functionality, backup camera, dual zone automatic climate control, navigation system, internet browser, 5+2 seating, advanced multi-media system, and hands-free phone capabilities. Safety is comprised of eight airbags and advanced positioning/crash sensors. The Tesla S is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty (8-year/125,000-mile warranty for the battery).

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The Tesla Model S is an all new model for 2013. It follows the Roadster as the second car built by all-electric-vehicle manufacturer, Tesla. While the roadster was strictly a two seat toy, the Model S is a "do everything" sports sedan, with great range and performance car-like acceleration. In many ways the Tesla Roadster was a proof of concept where the Model S is the finished concept. Tesla is showing the world the full potential of the electric car.

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All electric drivetrain luxurious interior with plenty of space, great performance, good looks

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The problem with electric vehicles has always been range. Tesla has dealt with this by employing bigger and better batteries in the Model S than have previously been seen in electric vehicles. Even with the smallest batteries in its most basic trim, Tesla still claims a 200+ mile range for the Model S, easily besting the range of any of its potential competitors. Beyond the drivetrain though, the Model S is a competent luxury car. There is lots of room both inside the passenger cabin and in the trunk, making the Model S both spacious and practical. The car can even be fitted with a pair of rear facing jump seats pushing the seating total up to seven. Model S ownership starts at around $62,000, making it comparable to many European large luxury sedans, and while the Model S matches most of these sedans in terms of luxury and performance, it offers other benefits they can't hope to match.

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