The Tesla Model S is a full-sized electric four-door hatchback sports sedan produced by Tesla Motors (thanks to Axel Schmies for these beautiful images). First shown to the public at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as a prototype, retail deliveries started in the United States in June 2012.
The Model S is offered with three battery options (70/85/90 kWh), each offering different range and performance characteristics. In 2014, the company introduced an all-wheel drive version of the car named ‘D’.
The launch of Dual Motor Model S coincided with the introduction of a standard hardware package that enables autopilot functionality. Every single Model S now rolling out of the factory includes a forward radar, 12 long range ultrasonic sensors positioned to sense 16 feet around the car in every direction at all speeds, a forward looking camera, and a high precision, digitally controlled electric assist braking system.
Building on this hardware with future software releases, Tesla will deliver a range of active safety features, using digital control of motors, brakes, and steering to avoid collisions from the front, sides, or from leaving the road. (Please note this hardware is not available as a retrofit.)
The Tesla Model S has won numerous awards and recognition such as 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 ever.