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An electric car produced by Tesla starting in 2012.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Tesla Model S page on 9 May 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Tesla Model S is a full-sized all-electric five-door, luxury liftback, produced by Tesla Inc., and introduced in June 2012. It scored a perfect 5.0 NHTSA automobile safety rating, and, as of March 2017, the P100D variant holds the record for the fastest acceleration of any production vehicle with a NHRA rolling start to 60 mph in Motor Trend tests with 2.28 seconds, although other independent tests have placed it behind the Porsche 918 Spyder. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official range for the 2017 Model S 100D, which is equipped with a 100 kWh (360 MJ) battery pack, is 335 miles (539 km), higher than any other electric car at the time. The EPA rated the 2017 90D Model S's energy consumption at 200.9 watt-hours per kilometer (32.33 kWh/100 mi or 20.09 kWh/100 km) for a combined fuel economy of 104 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (2.26 L/100 km or 125 mpg‑imp).

In 2016, Tesla updated the design of the Model S to closely match that of the Model X. As of April 2017, the following versions are available: 75, 75D, 90D, 100D, and P100D. Owners of the earlier 70 and 70D Model S have the option to unlock the 75 kWh capacity via a software update, adding up to 19 miles (31 km) per charge. The 60 and 60D Model S, reintroduced in June 2016, had a US$9,000 option to unlock the full 75 kWh capacity via a software update any time after purchase. In August 2016, Tesla introduced the P100D as the new top-level model. The P100D model has a 100 kWh battery, a 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time of 2.28 seconds with roll out, a 2.5 without and over 300 miles (485 km) of EPA rated range.

The Model S became the first electric car to top the monthly new car sales ranking in any country, twice leading in Norway, in September and December 2013; and also in Denmark in December 2015. Global Model S sales passed the 150,000 unit milestone in November 2016, with the U.S. as the leading market with 57% of global sales. Other leading country markets are Norway, China, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.

The Tesla Model S has ranked as the world's best-selling plug-in electric car for two years in a row, 2015 and 2016. The Model S also ranked as the top selling plug-in electric car in the U.S. for two years running, 2015 and 2016. As of December 2016, the Model S is the world's second best selling plug-in electric car in history after the Nissan Leaf.

The Tesla Model S won awards including 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 in its road testing. In 2015, Car and Driver named the Model S the Car of the Century. After declining to recommend the Model S in 2015 due to reliability issues, one year later Consumer Reports added the car to the magazine's recommended list.

The Model S was styled by Franz von Holzhausen, who previously worked for Mazda North American Operations. The car was codenamed WhiteStar during research and preliminary development. It was officially announced in a press release on June 30, 2008. The prototype vehicle was displayed at a press conference on March 26, 2009.


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15 December 2016
14-17501 Kazim Acar v. Tesla Motors, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
An appeal from the dismissal of a securities fraud action regarding statements about the Tesla Model S electric car.
Download 14-17501 Kazim Acar v. Tesla Motors, Inc. - 475MB - 34:29


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 September 2008Tesla Motors baut Limousine in Silicon Valley Wikinews
1 April 2009Southern California auto maker announces fully-electric sedanWikinews
14 November 2013Tesla Model S Coming To UK In March 2014 And Will Cost £50k Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey




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