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Tesla Motors has introduced globally the Tesla Model S electric vehicle, an all-aluminium premium sedan that accelerates from 0 to 96 kilometres per hour in 5.6 seconds, with zero exhaust emissions.
 
The body of the Model S is a state-of-the-art, aluminium-intensive design. Weight-saving benefits make aluminium a natural choice. Stamped sheets of aluminium, extrusions and castings are expertly joined for rigidity and strength. A rigid and strong structure not only protects passengers, but also contributes to overall manoeuvrability behind the wheel.
 
According to a George Blankenship, Tesla Motors’ Vice President Worldwide Sales and Ownership Experience, “Aluminium reduces the overall weight of the vehicle to help maximise efficiency and range; however the Model S actually starts as a huge aluminium coil weighing more than 9,000 kilograms.”
 
The aluminium is used to form the structural aspects of the car and the outer panels, doors, hoods and boot. Practically all visible metal on the car is aluminium.
 
“Tesla’s Model S is a marvel in engineering, design and, quite frankly, entrepreneurship,” said Mark Vrablec, President of Alcoa Aerospace, Transportation and Industrial Products, part of Alcoa’s Global Rolled Products group.
 
“The entire Tesla team is to be congratulated on developing the next phase in driving and then making it a reality.”
 
Model S was first delivered to US customers in July 2012. Australians can expect to see the Model S in mid-2013.  Reservations globally for the premium electric sedan currently exceed 10,000 units.


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Alcoa salutes Tesla Motors on the introduction of the premium all-aluminium electric sedan with zero exhaust emissions. Practically all visible metal on the vehicle is aluminium.