Tesla unveils a Sweet All-Electric Luxury Sports Car that may qualify for Tax Incentives and Rebates

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 11th, 2012

Week in Review

Here’s a toy for the rich to add to their automobile stable.  Something to take out for the occasional cruise down Main Street.  And then quickly back to the garage while there’s still a charge in the battery to get you home.  To plug in overnight.  So you can do it again the next day (see Tesla Model X, All-Electric SUV slideshow posted on ABC News).

The company says it will go from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. (Courtesy Tesla)…

Tesla said production of the Model X would begin late in 2013, and the car would be ready for sale early in 2014. Prices might range from $55,000 to $75,000 before tax incentives and rebates, depending on whether a buyer chooses two- or four-wheel drive and various other options. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Pretty car.  And nimble.  But excluded from this slideshow is the distance one charge will take you.  Which I’m guessing won’t be far if you’re accelerating from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds.  Or driving at night with the headlights on.  Or somewhere cold with the heat on.  No, you’re not taking this car on any long road trips.  For unlike the great gasoline-powered roadsters this car must stay within a small radius from home.  Because you just can’t recharge batteries like you can fill a gasoline tank.  Quickly.

Being that this will be a toy for the rich are tax incentives and rebates really necessary?  I mean, should we be subsidizing a luxury car for those who can already afford a luxury car?



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