On the road Tesla’s Model S should make other cars afraid

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On the road: Tesla’s Model S make other cars

Twenty minutes ago, I out of the drivers seat of a car I’ve privileged enough to have for the past three days.

I into park, leant grabbed the keyless remote — shaped like the car itself — and got

No start button. No ignition key to off. Nothing. To all intents and the car is still on when I get out, willing to drive away I need to.

Only after got out will the car quietly, automatically, itself off and lock the doors, its metallic door handles itself like a cat retracting her

Performance star

You might it strange that I’m starting is essentially a mini-review of the Tesla S luxury sedan by talking its keyless ignition and aerodynamically-enhanced handles. Maybe you’re But frankly, there’s only so you can say about the performance of a car which from 0-60 mph in less than it’s taken you to this sentence.

To say it’s fast would be an Even the base-model, £55,280 incentives) Model S — with 5.9 0-60 mph time — is fast. The model — that’s the one with an 310 kilowatts of power available and much every option box — literally makes you gasp as it to 60mph in 4.2 seconds.

It’s everyone asks about. I everyone. They ask if I’ve it. They ask if I’ve dared off the traction control.

They beg to the g-forces as the small metal is pushed to the floor.

Yet after three days at the I now view the phenomenal power of the 310 motor lurking on the rear as something that doesn’t to come out to play at every

Like other executive, cars, it’s there you need it. The rest of the time, the S drives like any other car of its I’m talking big, executive like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, or the BMW

While I’m on the subject of size, I really mention the Model S’ interior. As well a truly boot which I suspect is as spacious as the one on the old Volvo 240 I used to there is of course the frunk.

The or front trunk, is located you’d normally find the on a conventional car. Tap the bonnet on the remote, and the catch releases, you even more space for shopping, luggage or even And yes, I know that I checked, by climbing into the You understand of course, that I’m not doing that — with or dead bodies.

I’m just giving you a good of size.

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Future of motoring

My loaner car — the press car kept by UK — was a left-hand drive Model S, me a little more aware of its size than most I’ve driven. But on an after-school run country to my daughter’s flute I was astonished to discover the Model S small Wiltshire country without a problem.

That’s partly thanks to the to configure the Model S in pretty any way you want. Steering, suspension, regenerative braking and automatic are all customisable from the massive touchscreen display which the Model S’ centre console.

For narrow country lanes, I the comfort setting — which the feel — meant I could the Model S around potholes and narrow junctions with the of ease. Moreover, when I across a flooded — and I mean — part of the road, all I had to do was touch a few on the dash to raise the optional air suspension up to give the car more clearance.

I’ve waded water before in my LEAF, but never driven an electric car that can pretend to be an off-roader you need it to. (The electric Rover I’ve driven count).

You’ll note that I talked much about the Model S’ ability to drive than 250 miles (maybe more than 300) on a charge. Nor the fact that Tesla will be installing across the UK to make refuelling massive 60 kilowatt-hour or 85 kilowatt-hour pack faster than it to eat lunch.

That’s because the S isn’t just an electric It’s a car that happens to be by electricity. It’s a luxury a computer on wheels, fully-customisable and upgradeable without stepping in a dealership.


If this is the future of — even non-electric — travel I can’t wait. And if the Model S what we can expect from more affordable Model E — due time in the next three with an expected £35,000 tag, I think other need to be very, very

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