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What is Model S?

The world first heard about Tesla Motors’ Model S in a 2008 press conference. Almost a year later, a prototype vehicle was displayed.

What came to be known as Model S was first called WhiteStar during the early stages of its research and development. Styled by Franz von Holzhausen, Model S pioneered the company’s electric car franchise.

In 2010, Tesla announced that production of the widely anticipated electric car would be done in Fremont, Califonia, at the former NUMMI assembly plant now known as the Tesla Factory.

What are its features?

The electric vehicle is available in both rear wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. Several versions of Model S were released since 2012, each with its own specific nuances amounting to slight differences in its expenses. These versions can go for 200 miles or more per charge. Model S has a starting price of $75, 000.

Model S’ technological equipment allows it to have 360-degree buffer zone around the car. This means being able to detect surrounding objects, may they be road signs, other vehicles, etc. In the middle of 2015, Model S cars are planned to have a software update that would allow automatic driving.

What has it achieved so far?

Tesla Motors started delivering Model S sedans in 2012. As soon as it was released, the overwhelming reservations made it difficult for supply to meet the increasing demand. Model S boasted its 100-percent electric powered engine, with room for seven passengers and more than 64 cubic feet of storage.

In June 2015, Tesla announced that Model S owners have covered 1 billion electric miles (1.6 billion km) and saved more than half a million tons of CO2. This milestone, the first to be reached by any plug-in electric vehicle, was made possible by almost 75, 000 Model S sedans delivered worldwide.

The Tesla Model S received numerous awards such as the 2013 World Green Car of the Year, 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Automobile Magazine’s 2013 Car of the Year, Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012 award and Consumer Reports’ top-scoring car ever.

Along its innovations, the success of Model S gave new hope to an alternative, more environmental friendly mode of transportation. In 2013, it made history by being the first electric vehicle to top the list of monthly new car sales in any country, placing first in Norway for both months of September and December. In 2015, it sold 11,900 units in the U.S., making it the top selling plug-in electric car for the first half of the year.