Tesla’s Model S Electric Sedans Hit the Road

by Christopher Freeburn | June 25, 2012 9:45 am

Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ:TSLA[1]) long-awaited Model S electric sedans were introduced to the public last Friday[2].

Several thousand Tesla employees, their families and local politicians gathered to watch the first vehicles emerge from the company’s Fremont, Calif., manufacturing plant, the Associated Press reported. The Model S can travel up to 160 miles on a charge.

Tesla, headed by billionaire Elon Musk, founder of eBay‘s (NASDAQ:EBAY[3]) PayPal, hopes to sell 5,000 vehicles this year at a cost of $49,900 each, after a federal rebate is applied.

Auto industry analysts say the price tag will restrict the number of cars Tesla can sell. At half the Model S’s price, Nissan‘s (PINK:NSANY[4]) electric Leaf car has sold less than 30,000 vehicles since 2010.

Company officials hope the Model S can generate enough sales to boost Tesla to profitability. In four years, it has managed to sell just 2,150 of its flashy sports car, the Roadster, losing close to $1 billion in the process.

On hand to witness the debut of the Model S was California Governor Jerry Brown, who called it “another example of California on the move.”

  1. TSLA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TSLA
  2. were introduced to the public last Friday: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TESLAS_BIG_TEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-06-22-21-32-36
  3. EBAY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=EBAY
  4. NSANY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NSANY

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