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New Tesla electric vehicle at Intertraffic

A prototype of what is said to be a groundbreaking electric car, set to be available in Europe under a new corporate fleet leasing programme from 2013, was being exhibited today at Intertraffic.

Manufactured by Tesla Motors the Tesla Model S, said to be the world’s first premium electric sedan, will be made available through Netherlands-based Athlon Car Lease International (ACLI).

Said to have the longest travel range – 300 miles - of any single charge electric car, ACLI said the Model S was being shown to chief executives from a number of major potential fleet leasing client companies at the front of the Elicium at 5pm today.

The Tesla Model S seats five adults and two children. With no internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of the car is said to have class-leading cargo space, including a second trunk under the hood. It has a 17 inch touchscreen with wireless connectivity for streaming radio, web browsing and navigation. Model S comes with three battery pack options, 40kWh, 60kWh or 85kWh. The vehicle can be recharged using any conventional outlet and can be charged in 45 minutes.

Equipped with Tesla’s advanced electric power train, Model S is also said to provide instant torque and smooth acceleration from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds.

A total of 150 Tesla Model S have been reserved by ACLI for potential customers in The Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Italy. The company says its partnership with Tesla Motors demonstrates its commitment to luxury electric vehicles as part of its Sustainable Mobility Programme.

ACLI says it is shifting from a traditional car leasing company towards a provider of mobility services. Through its CHARGED programme, it currently has 800 electric vehicles in contract, of which 400 are already said to be with customers.

The Tesla Model S is due to be available in seven European countries in the first quarter of 2013, with production for the US market due to start this summer.
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