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Range anxiety, safety, complexity--there are a lot of concerns for the average car buyer when it comes to electric cars. Ultimately, those concerns all come down to a simple lack of familiarity--at least with the Tesla [NASDQ: TSLA] Model S. Buyers in the know recognize the Model S for what it is: the first real electric car.

The first real car that is, coincidentally, electric, at any rate. Why? Because the Tesla Model S can travel up to 265 miles on a single charge in the largest-battery version. Because the Tesla Model S can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under five seconds in the Model S Performance version. And because build quality, styling, and equipment levels are all on par--more or less--with equivalently-priced gasoline or diesel-powered luxury sedans.

The Model S, too, is nominally a four-door sedan, but in truth, it's a five-door hatchback. Optional rear-facing jump seats (two of them) can up passenger capacity to seven in total, though those in the rear jump seats had...
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UPDATETesla Model S Unintended Acceleration Complaint Filed With NHTSA

At this early stage, it's too early to know if this unintended acceleration complaint is an isolated incident, or even due to a fault with the Tesla Model S. Read Update

UPDATETesla Ups Prices On Some 2013 Model S Options

Tesla has increased prices on some of its options while making others only available as part of packages. Read Update

UPDATETesla Buys Test Track Next To Fremont Factory

The next round of cars from Tesla will benefit from a larger in-house test track. Read Update

UPDATETesla Model S, Roadster Set New EV Lap Records At Laguna Seca: Video

The Tesla Model S and Roadster continue to impress with their performance. Read Update

UPDATETesla Model S Production Hits 400 Per Week, Exceeds Targets

Will demand for Tesla's Model S stay high enough for the company to arrive at real-world profitability? Read Update

UPDATE2013 Tesla Model S Recalled Due To Faulty Seat Installation

A total 1,228 Tesla Model S electric sedans are included in the latest recall. Read Update

UPDATEElon Musk Confirms Battery Swapping For Tesla Model S

Will battery swapping make the Model S the killer app in electric cars? Read Update

UPDATETesla Model S Top Speed Run: Video

Watch the Tesla Model S hit its top speed in this owner video. Read Update

UPDATETesla Model S Residual Value Increased, Is It Enough?

Tesla continues to amend its financing plan. Read Update

UPDATETesla Claims "World's Best Service And Warranty Program"

A new full-service warranty program offers impressive coverage and service. Read Update

UPDATEWould You Track Your Tesla Model S If Laguna Seca Had A Supercharger?

Just how likely is anyone to track their Tesla Model S? Read Update

UPDATETesla Model S For $500 Per Month? No. Just No.

Contrary to Tesla's ambitious claims, you can't really buy a Model S for $500 per month. Read Update

UPDATETesla Cancels Most Affordable 40-kWh Model S Due To 'Lack Of Demand'

The most affordable, lowest-range Model S won't be built. Read Update

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