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This week, the Model S became the first car to be unanimously chosen as the Motor Car of the Year. It’s sexy and but the best thing about the S is undoubtedly its remarkable electric Let’s see what makes it

In the top-of-the-line Signature Performance the 2013 Tesla Model S 416 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft of torque, and can 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. How a 4,650 lb. car do all this without any The obvious answer is of course,

But the truth may even be more The Model S uses a liquid-cooled, battery that includes battery cells for 85 kilowatt-hours powered by an AC electric motor between the rear wheels. incredible stuff, but what that even mean?

it all starts with the 3-phase, electric motor. The same in fact, that Tesla in their previous Roadster A 3-phase, 4-pole motor a rotating electrical field at one-fourth the frequency of the AC power


This technology was actually by the company’s namesake, innovator Tesla.

There is an important here, because there are of DIY electric car conversions out there use a DC motor. DC motors are cheaper, but an AC places greater emphasis on is safer, more simple to and more adaptable to moving at speeds. If a DC motor blows, very likely to leave converted car in a pile of burned

If an AC motor fails, the engine fails. No flames. No wonder, that the 85 kWh version will run you $84,900 and $97,900.

That’s the of technology these days, but also the price of whisper-quiet, emissions supercar performance.

Back to those 7,000 Panasonic supplied the lithium-ion for the Model S, which uses as a flat part of the platform than literally piecing of laptop batteries together, the Roadster did) to increase and balance. The cells are also constantly monitored to cool or the batteries so that they’re operating at peak performance not exploding).

The cells connect to (electronic conductors through current flows out) of nickel-cobalt-aluminum. The most powerful of cathods are cobalt dioxide, but are expensive as all hell and tend to you it blow up. A nickel-cobalt-managanese setup the cost, and makes it possible to for greater range or performance.

Tesla elected to replace the with aluminum, making it more affordable.

Those send power to the wheels, move an extremely lightweight body and high-strength steel through the air at just a 0.24 coefficient the lowest of any production Full electric power that kind of weight and drag comes out to about 89 and a 265-mile range. Does make the 2013 Tesla S the car of the year?

We’ll leave up to you, but no matter what you you have to admit its technology is something to admire.

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