This spy shot of the Tesla Model S was taken not far from Tesla’s home base in Palo Alto California, and may be the most production-ready version spotted yet.
The Tesla Model S Alpha was first spotted earlier this year and the reports included some interesting features. The first 1,000 examples of the Model S will be a special North American Model S Signature Series. These models will feature a 300-mile battery range, unique appearance treatments, and a full slate of optional upgrades.
After the Signature Series is released regular production will begin with the 300 mile battery life models first and followed by a less expensive 230 mile and 160 mile battery pack options later. Europeans will have to wait until late 2012 for the Model S while North Americans will have it by early 2012.
The 300 mile version of the Model S will cost around $79,000 after a $7,500 federal tax rebate. The 230 mile version is priced at $59,000 after rebate and the 160 mile version is priced at $49,000 after rebate.
The recent spy shot model shows some noticeable differences than the released photos of the Alpha prototype. The rear end and the tail lights look much more like production cars rather than the monotone concept lights seen in the Alpha. The door handles are now recessed and the side mirrors are enlarged.
While some of these changes are minor, it does show that the Model S is very close to being released. While the Lotus body of the Roadster will be missed the Model S still does retain the unique style and features that make Tesla the ultimate EV. Now, if only something could be done about that price.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.