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.”
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