Tesla Model S

60 kWh Tesla Model S rated at 208 mile electric driving range by EPA

Quietly released today was the EPA certification of the 60 kilowatt-hour Tesla Model S, showing it to be more efficient than the 85 kilowatt-hour model.

On Friday the EPA quietly released the EPA certification of the 60 kilowatt-hour Tesla Model S, giving the middle car in the Model S range a 208 mile electric driving range and a combined fuel efficiency of 95 MPGe. This certification was one of the gating factors before Tesla would begin production of this model, as announced on Tuesday the 60 kilowatt-hour model production date is expected to begin in Jan. 2013.

The Tesla Model S is that company's second electric car, and the first car it has completely designed and manufactured on its own. It is a full size luxury sedan, with an all electric drive train. In November, the Model S was named Automobile of the Year by Automobile Magazine, and named Car of the Year by Motortrend. Unlike the other automakers Tesla plans to offer the Model S in three varieties: 85 kilowatt-hours ($77,400), 60 kilowatt-hours ($67,400) and 40 kilowatt-hours ($57,400), providing different driving ranges.

Last summer the 85 kilowatt-hour Model S received a rating from the EPA of a 265 mile electric driving range, energy consumption of 38 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles (combined or city), 37 kilowatt-hours/100 miles (highway), and fuel efficiency of 89 MPGe (combined), 88 MPGe (city), and 90 MPGe (highway).


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