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Cars, Planes & Yachts March, 9th 2011 by E.

New Tesla Model S is electrifying

With the way things are playing out in the Middle East, gas prices might be going up 300% by 2015. Even though we feel a kitchen-appliance like buzz is not the sound a luxury vehicle should be producing, it seems switching to a hybrid in the near future may be more of a necessity than a choice. Luckily, attractive options are starting to show up, with the Tesla Model S being one of the cars you should keep your eye on. With a price of $75,000 for the top model, it’s chances of grabbing a piece of the market-pie are better than Fisker’s $100,000 Karma.

The Model S will be available in three versions; the 150M, the 230M and the 300M, with the names representing the distance you can travel before the conventional engine starts taking over. Prices for these models will be $55,400, $66,400 and $77,400 respectively, with the only difference being the size of the batteries.

The performance figures for the Model S are not too shabby either: 0-60 MPH is reported to take a quick 5.6 seconds, with an electronically linked top speed of 130 MPH. Of course, driving with a heavy foot will cause your range to suffer.. but who cares about that stuff anyway?

With the Tesla Roadster, this new Model S and the Fisker Karma, more and more appealing hybrid cars are hitting the market in the near future. While we still feel nothing tops the roar of a screaming V8, it’s a good thing the Prius won’t be the only option when we’ll go electric.

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