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For our latest Green Overdrive show, we bring you our ride in one of Tesla’s electric Model S Betas (a burgundy beauty), and we show you how an electric vehicle designed from the ground-up handles. Bonus: we interview Tesla’s Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen.

The Model S Betas got buffed between rides.

The Model S Betas got buffed between rides.

Electric car maker Tesla has reached a milestone. It’s developed several Beta versions (the production-ready final version) of its second electric car the Model S sedan, and the Valley auto maker is now giving test rides of the Betas to potential customers and the press. For our latest Green Overdrive show we ride in one of the Betas (a burgundy/red beauty) around a closed track at Tesla’s Fremont factory, and we show you how an electric vehicle designed from the ground-up handles. Because the Model S was designed with the car-length flat battery on the underside of the car, it’s center of gravity is low and we took the turns at the track at a blazing speed. Check out our ride and our interview with Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen.

  1. oh,my gosh. It is an amazing car. I must buy it when I have enough money. haha

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  2. Katie – loved seeing how much you enjoyed the ride, but ask more questions! I realize this isn’t an automobile blog, but I was hoping you would geek out and fire off tons of questions… Ask how it compares to its most likely rival, the Fisker Karma… Are there unique materials used in place of traditional metals, plastics, leather for environmental reasons?

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  3. @Clayton thanks for the feedback. I was trying to focus on the design aspects of the Betas (vs the Alphas), and the handling as I covered the Model S in more detail in other videos, including this one: http://gigaom.com/cleantech/green-overdrive-inside-teslas-model-s-alpha/

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  4. I can’t wait to see this car in production. Thanks for the continuing coverage.

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  5. Guys, thanks for the video, but I was left feeling quite disappointed as we really didn’t get to see a lot of the car, inside nor out. You’re all nice looking people but really, the camera should have panned the body of the vehicle during the talk with the lead designer and we should have had some nice views of the beta moving ’round the track instead of seeing Katie’s hair flapping in the wind for 40 seconds or so. I’m not sure what sort of restrictions they had on you and the cameras but if you do a follow up, please show the automobile a little more, and, if you can, get a shot of the battery-based undercarriage.

    -Dwayne

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