Electric car maker Tesla will begin deliveries of its new vehicle a month ahead of schedule.
The company confirmed this week that the Model S, now Tesla's only hope for success after the discontinuation of its Roadster, will debut in June, earlier than expected.
The Model S will be the second model for Tesla and plenty rides on its success in the increasingly-competitive electric car market -- while Tesla could boast to have produced the world's first mass-market EV with the Roadster back in 2008, the Model S will face competition from the likes of Nissan, Ford and Mitsubishi.
On the face of it though, the Model S has one big advantage in its favor -- a range set to be roughly comparable to that of a gasoline vehicle.
The high-performance version, traveling at optimum speeds, could be able to squeeze as much as 400 miles (645 km) from the battery pack, around four times what's possible with most electric vehicles on the market today.
Using the 2-cycle US government EPA test, the Model S managed a range of over 300 miles (480 km), something not managed yet by any other electric vehicle, Tesla's Elon Musk wrote in a blog post May 9.
Tesla will also be providing batteries for the Toyota RAV4 EV, although it will manage a range of just 100 miles (160km).