Electric car maker Tesla Motors has announced that its top-of-the-line Model S Signature Series sedan will get 300 miles to a charge and will cost $77,400.
In a blog posting earlier this week, the start-up car maker said it will also offer two other versions of the Model S: One with a 230-mile range starting at $67,400, and another with a 160-mile range, selling for $57,400.
The 300-mile Model S Signature Series will be the first to go on sale, according to Tesla’s Model S blog. The company says that it expects to “produce 5,000 Model S electric cars in 2012 as we ramp to full single-shift production capacity of 20,000 units per year in 2013.”
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
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