Electric car: Tesla Model S

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  • Tesla Model S

  • Mpg equivalent: 73 miles combined city and highway
  • MSRP: $49,900
  • Annual fuel cost: N/A

The four-door, five-passenger Tesla Model S electric car isn't as fast as the two-seat Tesla Roadster, but it's a lot more practical. Three powertrain variants are planned, distinguished by electric motors and batteries ranging from 40 kwh to 85 kwh. In addition, there is an upscale variant that comes with a higher level of features and equipment, with a price of $97,900. That's after a $7,500 federal tax credit.

The entry-level battery option has a range of 160 miles, according to Tesla. The mid-level's range is 230 miles, while the top battery has a range of 300 miles. As sticker prices go up, the time it takes to go zero to 60 mph falls from 6.5 seconds to 5.6 seconds.

It goes on sale in July. The $7,500 federal tax credit makes the effective price $49,900, the company says.

Standard equipment includes a 17-inch touch screen, center console and a seven-speaker stereo system that includes an AM/FM/HD radio, dual USB ports and storage for up to 500 songs.

Tesla co-founder Elon Musk told The Wall Street Journal in March the Tesla Model S is sold through 2013.



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