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Tesla Model S: First of the electric sedan that change the world or die trying

The Model S

Of all the new cars unveiled year, none will be as anticipated as the Model S from Motors (TSLA ), a luxury doubling as a brash, billion-dollar bet the era of the electric car has arrived. As the first to test-drive one, I can report the Model S successfully challenges a of assumptions about what a car can be.

The Model S launching today a Fremont, Calif. factory four years of work by engineers, fueled by $465 in U.S. government loans and million in Wall Street (along with $50 million and the itself, which was originally as a joint venture between GM and Elon Musk, Tesla s and CEO, has vowed to make the S the best car in the world, and hopes to 20,000 a year — at between $54,700 up to $105,400 once the factory ramps to speed.

The last successful startup automaker was Chrysler, 87 years ago. Every huckster, and combination thereof who s since has been ground a fine powder by massive costs combined with profits and ruthless competition. a South African-born entrepreneur who s founded the SpaceX rocket says he believes in electric as the necessary future of driving, and someone with true would put so much of their into this machinery.

While the Tesla Roadster was a battery-operated Lotus with an motor, Tesla designed the S as an EV from the start. The all-aluminum car ve built stands as a sleek sedan, a little larger a BMW 5-Series. and from the outside s no indication that it s electric the charge port is hidden a side reflector in the rear assembly). That s by design — designer Franz von Holzhausen a car that wouldn t scare away.

But the hints of revolution the Model S begin with the handles, which slide out of the with a motorized purr you touch them, then once you re behind the wheel — the of detail perfect for leaving parkers slack jawed.

I ve a score of electric cars the Nissan Leaf. along serial hybrids like the Volt and Tesla s start-up of sorts, the Fisker Karma. so I had idea what to expect Musk handed me the sleek key fob for an stint. I was wrong: The Tesla S drives like none of or any gas-powered vehicle ever


The massive touch-screen in the S.

The first sight that you behind the wheel is a 17-inch that fills the dash, almost all the buttons and knobs clutter up most car interiors, one of the in which Elon Musk with Steve Jobs. Fed by a data connection, the screen itself into zones for functions — keeping the music separate from the climate and the Google Maps navigation, for — and responds as quickly as an iPad to The graphics carry enough to be seen in your peripheral but there will be questions whether Tesla s reducing or super-sizing them.

On the road, the S rewires what you expect your foot touches the Unlike gas engines, electric generate their maximum at start — and no electric car has had as much power as the Model S, Performance edition is good for 417 hp. The mph run ticks by in an impressive 4.4 seconds seconds for the 362 hp edition), and the thrust the instant you mash the accelerator back like Alec at a paparazzi convention.

At the other the Model S tries to recapture as energy as possible from the car s by letting the wheels recharge the In regular driving, that the Model S immediately begins to once you take your off the pedal, at a rate a few ticks than normal coasting. It s not to stop the car entirely in normal and Tesla has made the tip-in where the mechanical brakes on imperceptible, but it does mean cruise control becomes a on long drives.


The that the Model S can even do drives — up to 285 miles in the edition today — comes thanks to its pack, some 7,000 lithium-ion cells bolted panels under the passenger holding 85 kWh of energy in the top-end or about as much energy as a American house uses in days. Those batteries the Model S weigh some lbs. but Tesla has turned mass into an advantage.

By a vehicle s center of gravity it s easier to take a curve Barry Sanders ). For instance, the BRZ. equipped with a boxer engine, is hailed for its center of gravity, which those of Ferraris and Porsches. The S has a center of gravity just 16 high, and around a corner s barely any sense of body — just the purest expression of motion since the electricity car of

The big Tesla s chassis points comfort rather than while the steering is adjustable, in sport more it s slightly than a comparable BMW 640i Coupe. While the air suspension s is adjustable, ride stiffness isn t in models. Traction control is but for the purposes of our first drive we it on and could not get the rear wheels to loose to add oversteer; without control, the motors would spin the tires to vulcanized


The hood opens to reveal a cargo area.

Tesla Model S

Without the transmission, and fuel tanks for a normal car, the Model S a freakish amount of cargo The front hood conceals a good for 8 cu. ft. of cargo room; the hatch adds another 27 cu. ft. and if you rather haul small Tesla offers a pair of jump seats for children the second row (and which beneath the cargo floor not in use). Rear headroom is by the sloping roof, so we strongly opting for the panoramic roof to add a inch.

The downside to the interior is that it can so cool it s cold, focusing on the screen while missing of the grace notes other brands offer.

The revelation of Tesla has accomplished sunk in I returned to a gas-powered vehicle. luxury cars will pace with the Tesla, but driving the Model S, suddenly you the lag between accelerator and power, the noise, all the energy necessary to those parts hurtling It makes a fossil fuel-powered car to be working so much harder necessary.

Which is the point.

a luxury car like the Model S one of the larger purchases its customers make, and the Model S carries a list of risks, from the to the serious. The Model S range still depend on how you drive it, and a plug more powerful a standard household outlet for any amount of energy in under a few Tesla has sold a total of cars to date; it s never with thousands of customers, nor run a factory.

The launch of the Fisker has been plagued by software and battery recalls, and while says the Model S passed all tests with flying Tesla s customers — than 10,000 of whom already paid $5,000 — will be the test bed of a new with a new model in what s a new factory.

Yet if Tesla fails, it won t be because the S misfired. It s a car that runs the blocks with the Cadillac Mercedes-Benz E-Class. and Maseratis of the and it will be far easier for Tesla to any gaps with the competition vice versa.

From the wheel of the Tesla Model S, you you re driving the future, instead of increasingly limited gallons of the

— Justin Hyde

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