Reporter test drives Tesla S in Indian Wells

   Desert Sun Energy Reporter K Kaufmann test drove a Tesla S at the Clean-Tech Investors Summit in Indian Wells on Wednesday.

   The all-electric sedan is built in California and comes with a price tag that starts in the $50,000s. Only about 3,000 were available in 2012, but the company plans to sell up to 20,000 this year. It can reach 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds, which is a huge plus for an electric car.

    It has three different battery options. The strongest is the 85-kWh battery, which can get up to 300 miles if someone drives 55 mph. More realistically, at freeway speeds of 65-70 mph, the car will drive about 250 miles before needing plugged in.

    Check out MyDesert to see how the test drive went.

     You can also visit or follow @KKaufmann on Twitter for live coverage of the Clean-Tech Investors Summit that continues Thursday.

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I'm James Meier, a 15-year journalism veteran, who's spent the past nearly seven years at The Desert Sun and in Palm Springs, Calif. I grew up in Orange County, spent many years reporting and editing there, and am enjoying working in the desert. I'm now the Senior Editor of Business, Data and Education. Reach me at or on Twitter @tdsJamesMeier