Tesla has always been at the forefront of the electric car movement, but now with the Tesla Model S, mobile technology is really making an impact in the car’s design. The Model S has a 17 inch touchscreen inside that is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor.
On the 17 inch touchscreen, you have access to all your apps as well as the car’s controls. You can pinch and zoom and do everything you’d do with a tablet. Tesla partnered with Google & Garmin for the apps and directions. You can also measure the car’s energy consumption on the screen and the car has support for full web browsing with 3G connectivity. You can connect your phone using USB ports or Bluetooth, tap into music on your phone and play some tunes. Tesla also partnered with TuneIn for radio service.
The Model S is available on the market and they have 13,000 reservations for the car. They plan to make 20,000 cars in 2013. The largest battery pack for the car can do 265 miles on one charge.
$59,900 is the entry level price, but there are federal tax breaks. Personally, I think this is fantastic and the auto industry’s path out of the mess it’s in. Check out our video for an up close look at the car: