Is the soon to be released Tesla all electric sedan worth its price?

The Tesla Model S is now scheduled to be available for delivery in 2012. The advertised price is $50,000. But reading the advertizing literature more closely, this price assumes a $7,500 tax credit. Thus, the price is really $57,500.This price is for the basic battery with a 160 mile range, hardly enough for any serious highway travel. To purchase the car with a 300 mile range battery, the price balloons to $70,000, and this is presumably assuming the $7,500 tax credit as well, making the price actually $77,500.

A potential purchaser should seriously consider any all electric vehicle’s practicality with only limited current public charging stations available. A hybrid with its own internal charging capability can be purchased for about half the price of the 300 mile range Tesla Model S.

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