Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk announced at a conference today in San Francisco that the new Model S electric sedan will support third-party apps and text-to-voice capabilities.
“We want people to develop car-specific applications [for the Model S],” Musk said, “And text-to-speech technology can address some of the issues with driver distraction.”
Featuring a 17-inch touch screen console, many had anticipated that third-party applications will be a defining signature for the highly anticipated sedan.
Unfortunately, in the same meeting, Musk dodged answering questions regarding the production schedule and the controversy in Tesla’s IPO.
Refresher: The Tesla Model S sedan can be recharged from any 120v, 208v or 240v outlet. Depending on which Model S trim-level you chose, the all-electric sedan will provide you with a total range of 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge. 0 to 60 comes in just 5.6 seconds with a top speed that is limited to 130 mph. Pricing is expected to come in at $49,900 after a federal tax credit of $7,500. A $5,000 reservation fee is required but is refundable.
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– By: Chris Chin