Tesla Model S Sedan to debut in Feb. or March of 2009

The Tesla Model S Sedan was supposed to make its world debut at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show (we had no idea actually) – but according to Inside Line the second Tesla model won’t make its debut until February or March of next year.

“The plan is to unveil that in late February or March,” Rachel Konrad, a Tesla Motors spokesperson, told InsideLine.

The Tesla Model S Sedan, unlike the Tesla Roadster, will be built on Tesla own architecture. Power will come from a lithium-ion battery pack that will allow it to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds with a range of 240 miles. Pricing will come in at $57,499.

The car was scheduled to enter production in 2010 with sales to begin in 2011; however, with Tesla running out of money as it finishes production of the Tesla Roadster, CEO Elon Musk says that the car may be delayed two years if the automaker doesn’t receive $350 million in government loans. If Tesla does get government funding, Musk says that the company can build 20,000 units of the Model S Sedan by 2011.

Source: InsideLine