Tesla Model S The electric car that shatters every myth

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We’ve almost every electric car and tested most, but the Tesla S comes as a revelation. We’ve taking turns driving a Performance version on loan to us Tesla for about a week now and has come out of it impressed.

This is a heavy, luxury car that’s quick and agile, stretch-out and whisper quiet. And besides a hoot to drive, this is the electric car we’ve experienced has a decent range—a realistic 200 per charge in our borrowed high-end (See our hybrid/EV buying and Ratings .)

Having visited met several of its employees. and now driven the S, you get a very strong impression: guys are serious about every obstacle that in the way of the electric car.

Range Gone. A large (optional) battery realistically yields 200 miles with no pampering.

Slow charging times? A 10-kW onboard charger or twin chargers (20 kW), charging times dramatically. A dedicated high-power charging can funnel power quickly.

is in the midst of setting up supercharger at rest areas along interstate corridors to charge versions of the car to 80-percent capacity in 30

Slow acceleration? Gone. We a zero to 60 mph sprint in 4.6 seconds.

accommodations? Gone. The interior as roomy as a large luxury such as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, a flat floor and plenty of room.

Equipped with the (85 kWh) of the three battery Tesla offers, our car’s indicator has been predicting 245 miles on a full charge, and during an unusually cold November. (Tesla claims 300 the EPA pegs it at 265.) We’ve getting about 200 miles of driving—including expressways—without babying the car at

Using a loaned ($1,200) High-Power Wall Connector station, which resembles a meter with a garden-hose of a cord, it’s been only 4.5 to 5 hours to recharge. For consider that putting 75 or so of go juice into our 2010 Leaf EV using one of our 240-volt stations takes six hours. So for the larger Tesla to get more twice the distance in less well, that’s a huge

Treating the Model S like any car, I had no problem covering my round-trip daily commute heat, seat heaters, and blazing, plus I arrived at the office with enough range for ample peace of And that’s without even the extra 70 miles I managed to eke opportunity charging at my house, on 120 and at a public charging pole volts) courtesy of the town of CT, while doing errands.

Takeoff from a standing is smooth and effortless; 416 horsepower felt so cultured. You feel in as the landscape zooms by with a muted whine in the background. stats put it in Chevrolet Corvette and 911 territory, but the sensation makes it faster absent the engine and noise.

Despite the car’s 4,700-pound curb weight, it is tied down, and light on its Having no engine over the axle is a pure benefit The ride is firm yet supple, with the optional 21-inch tires—not quite Mercedes plush, but more compliant a Porsche Panamera.

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The center of the dash console is by a stunningly large 17-inch display. Picture a supersized built into the dash, vivid graphics and Google Navigation, audio, phone and other controls are operated that command center. the potential for distraction is there, are well organized and delineated, large landing areas for fingers and quick response.

The car allows Internet connectivity web-based radio) while on the go, but if your passenger is the one interacting it, the distracting temptation is there for the

The retractable door handles everyone, but there are moments you want them to be more available, especially when cold outside. The cabin is finished and nicely detailed, the dash and door trim. The shifter, stalks and window are sourced from Mercedes-Benz.

to the flat floor and no center intrusion there is ample leg room. The front cabin has of storage but, oddly, are no map pockets anywhere. (Tesla did intentionally for a clean interior but it’s still nice to places for stuff). There are two one beneath the rear hatch and Tesla calls the frunk the hood.

There’s a lot about this car says Silicon Valley, and Apple. From its unique connector to the large iPad-like the Tesla instills an Apple-esque Fittingly, Tesla showrooms are in shopping malls, like stores, rather than dealerships. Some may view all as a plus, others as a turn-off.

But no it’s a fresh and innovative

The base Model S, with a battery, starts $57,400. As our borrowed Model S exceeded least you get to subtract a $7,500 tax from that sum. But the significant takeaway here is this homegrown EV makes no or compromises for being an electric

In fact, in terms of the driving it would make a completely alternative to an Audi A7 or Porsche We can’t wait until we buy our own S to formally test.

Tesla Motors Electric Cars
Tesla Motors Electric Cars
Tesla Motors Electric Cars
Tesla Motors Electric Cars
Tesla Motors Electric Cars
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