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Tesla Motors’ First Mass-Market Electric Cars Delivered

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Tesla Motors S Sedan

Palo Alto-based carmaker Tesla Motors rolled out its new Model S electric car at its Fremont factory on June 22, 2012. (CBS)

FREMONT (CBS/AP) — The first mass-market sedans offered by
electric car maker Tesla are now on the road.

Ten of the sedans, called the Model S, rolled out the door Friday during a ceremony at the company’s factory in Fremont.

Tesla Motors Inc. says more than 10,000 people have put down a
refundable deposit for the five-seat sedan.

The base model can go 160 miles on one charge. The Palo Alto-based carmaker says it expects to sell 5,000 this year. They start at $49,900, after a federal tax credit.

The first three cars driven out of the factory were part of what Tesla Vice President George Blankenship called the carmaker’s “personal delivery program.”

The first two cars were heading to buyers in Chicago, while the third was going to nearby Palo Alto.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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