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Tesla to Release Lower-Priced Versions of Model S Car

Orders for the new Model S 60 will be opened up next week

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    A Model S P85D electric vehicle sits next to a charging station displayed at the Tesla Motors Inc. retail store on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.

    Tesla said Thursday that it has started selling a cheaper version of its Model S car in an attempt to make its electric vehicles more affordable for more people.

    The new version, called the Model S 60, starts at $66,000. An all-wheel drive version of the Model S 60 will start at $71,000. Both cost less that the current Model S 90D, which starts at $89,500.

    Tesla said that when tax incentives and gas-savings are taken into account, the Model S 60 will have an effective cost of about $50,000.

    The company says the Model S 60 can travel 200 miles per charge and has a top speed of 130 miles per hour.

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    Palo Alto, California-based Tesla Motors Inc. is taking orders for the new Model S 60 for delivery next month, according to its website.

    Reuters reported Thursday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing reports of suspension problems in Model S cars.