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Tesla Motors has recently announced that deliveries for the Model S will start earlier than scheduled, in June, 2012.

According to the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, the Tesla Model S will start its deliveries earlier than planned, mainly because Tesla is optimistic that the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act will finish its crash testing soon. The car manufacturer is saying that a few customers will receive their new vehicles in June, and all 5,000 Model S units will be delivered by the end of this year.

“Dear Fellow Shareholders, we are pleased to report that we have nearly completed all regulatory approvals and certifications required to begin delivery of Model S to our customers in the United States. Thus, we anticipate that initial deliveries will begin in June, ahead of our announced schedule of July”, as Tesla Motors is saying in its official press release.

As a quick reminder, the Tesla Model S has a starting price of 49,900 USD and the entire production for 2012 has been sold out since earlier this year. Tesla says that an upgrade package, which has been named the Model S Performance, is adding features like the Nappa leather with Alcantara accents in the cabin, carbon fiber accents for the exterior, a high-performance drive inverter, active air suspension with sport-tuned traction control and upgraded wheels and tires. The 60kWh model costs 59,900 USD but for the 85kWh version, 10,000 USD extra will be added. Standard equipment includes a 17-inch touchscreen infotainment and 19-inch alloy wheels.