LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2015 — Tesla announced unceremoniously (and just after the New York Auto Show had media makers shaking their heads) its $75,000 all-wheel-drive (AWD) Model S 70D. In true Tesla style, the company didn’t say much about its award-winning super electric vehicle #EV, so here’s a summary:
The new Tesla Model S 70D:
–goes 0-60 mph in a warp-like 5.23 seconds
–has a whopping and nearly unprecedented 240-mile driving range
–is equipped with a 70 kW battery and dual (for D) motor that gets 514 hp
–is eligible for $7,500 federal tax credit
–includes free supercharging at Tesla-only stations
–is embedded with loads of Tesla tech, such as autopilot hardware, navigation, blind spot detection and “free over-the-air updates”
–now comes in three new colors: ocean blue, obsidian black, warm silver.
In other Tesla news, the most current Model S will be taken out of the lineup. Tesla announced last week it sold 10,300 Model S vehicles in 2015’s first quarter (a 55 percent increase from the previous year) just as its flat sales in China brought Tesla Motors’ (TSLA) stock prices down. And yes, Tesla says it is still working on the Model 3, which will cost around $34,000 when it launches in two or more years.