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First Coast Gears: torque sums up Tesla S gathering in St. Augustine

Automotive fans: The future is secure.

was my take-away after driving the Tesla Model S P85, an car that proves blazing times and saving the environment can go

Tesla owners came at the St. Augustine Premium Outlets for the grand opening of a new Tesla station and their comments had a theme: instant torque = fun.

Pat Norris, who lives in St. picked up his Model S in November. knows a thing or two about His other car is a 2004 Corvette.

It develops maximum torque at RPM. Most cars, the Corvette, to get full acceleration out of it, or power, you have to get up to 4,000 or RPMs,” Norris said. car is quick, instantaneously.

That’s a summary.

I’ve driven the Viper, Ford GT40, Corvettes and Porsches along modern and vintage muscle The Model S provides the same but without the lag of a turbo spooling up or momentary power drop-off gear shifts.

David of Orlando got one of the first Tesla to come off the assembly line: 218.

I signed up online years ago to get it, Smith said.

Smith said his Model S has greatly exceeded his expectations.

The it’s absolutely unbelievable — the the pickup,” Smith said. they tell you it can accelerate in I don’t know how many 5 seconds or less, they it. It’s really awesome.”

Garner of St. Augustine first the world of electric propulsion five years ago, a Ford Escape hybrid, she still owns and loves. But her new takes electrified driving to a new

I like that it’s that I don’t ever to pollute the planet again and I have to buy gas, Garner

First Coast Gears a Model S P85, which is the version, along side and Interstate 95 in the northern St. Augustine What struck me about the car is it provides a glimpse into the of the automobile industry.

Cadillac, Porsche, Ferrari and Acura all plug-in hybrids either or on the way. But, the Model S them in the sense that a pure electric that the range issue that has other electric-only cars.

said he averages about 230 on a charge while Smith he’s getting about 220 between charge-ups. The EPA rates the S with the 85 kWh battery at 265 miles to a

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Tesla also is working to the other missing piece: stations. Supercharger stations the one in St. Augustine can add about 170 miles of to the Model S in about 30 minutes, to Tesla spokeswoman Alexis

Tesla is building the stations the country, providing free to owners. By the end of the year, Tesla to have 80 percent of the U.S. within driving distance of a station.


Tesla is also off battery-swapping technology it’s on that would allow to swap battery packs in time than it takes to a similarly sized car with

But back to the old, What’ll she do?

Motor Trend timed the S, which it named as its 2013 Car of the as nailing 60 in 4 seconds flat and the in 12.4 seconds. To put that in Motor Trend timed the Corvette as hitting 60 in 3.9 seconds.

The Model S offers a glimpse at the and I’m happy to report it proves performance doesn’t to take a hit in a post-petrol world.

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