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TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto

Tesla Model S – Truly Remarkable

Recently, Tesla Motors has been getting much attention in the media, from consumers, from stockholders, and from the government.  All the fuss is over Tesla’s new Model S, first introduced in 2009, but has only been offered through retail channels since June 2012. The Model S is offered in a 3 series – 60 kwh, 85 kwh, and 85 kwh performance. The kwh series name is fitting for this all electric performance-luxury vehicle.  But don’t take this treehugger’s word for it.

  Look to Consumer Reports and Motor Trend to convince you.

The Tesla Model S won Motor Trends coveted 2013 Car of the Year.  “It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it s also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it ll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk.”  Motor Trend offered a list of criteria the Model S was judged on including:

Engineering excellence  the hood holds luggage (no engine = more room), it is the first hatchback to have a 3 rd row of seating in the back (holds 7 passengers), the dashboard is an all touchscreen (say goodbye to knobs)


Efficiency – this model posts impressive numbers as it balances energy use,  weight and speed . 4766-pounds, 74.5 mpg-e on average,  0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and a top speed of 133 mph.

Safety – “top of its class,” with low center of gravity, great braking time, extra tough frame and roof (Tesla and outperforms federal crash standards)

Value – it costs about 6 cents a mile to run (based on California s 13 cents per kW-hr), and state incentives can range from $7,500 to $15,000,  and is comparably priced to other luxury vehicles in its class

Performance of Intended Function  — it is fast, fun, well-equipped, high-tech, and stands out in its class against its German counter parts, but it’s made in America

The Consumer Reports agrees with Motor Trend and rated the Tesla Model S with 99 out of 100, the highest rating any car has received ever.  OK, repeat: ANY. CAR. EVER! They say, “the Model S is truly a remarkable car.” They explain here why:

(And as they point out, even the door handles are cool.)

Tesla is a wonderful story of American-made quality and success. From its innovative approach to its superior design and function it is what we need the future of American manufacturing to be. Tesla did require some help from the government along the way, taking advantage of federal loans available for alternative energy research and development. But now, Tesla is repaying back the loan from the government by selling 2.7 million new shares and raise $450 million in a bond sale.

This will be enough to prepay the company s $465 million loan from the Department of Energy. But the the free market doesn’t seem to mind! Tesla stock is high, high, high up 150% as they continue to report “better-than-expected sales.”

TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto

However, some legislators and auto dealers associations don’t seem so pleased with Tesla’s American-made success. Multiple states including Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New York have made some attempts to control the free market in their states. But, as NPR reports. perhaps the most striking example of attempts to block Tesla sales comes from North Carolina. They are technically banning any sales that don’t occur through a dealership – Tesla being the only manufacturer that sells online.

The bill has passed the N.C. Senate but is likely unconstitutional as Forbes points out. Also, the issue of climate change is particularly contentious in North Carolina considering the state’s history of “ridiculous climate-change-related legislation .”

So here is the big question: how much? Purchasing the Tesla will cost you from 70K to 95K, depending on the extras. Both Wells Fargo and US Bank have special arrangements with Tesla to finance. State incentives range from $7,500 to $15,000 which can reimburse the down payment.

Monthly payments are about $500 $1200 depending on your purchase. This does not include the likely $200-$300 per month you will save on gas. All in all, the Tesla is very competitively priced for its class.

Best of all? If you  consider financing with Tesla, they guarantee that “the Model S will have the top residual value of any high volume premium sedan brand (Audi, BMW, Mercedes or Lexus) after three years of ownership.” Beyond guaranteeing resell value, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is personally putting his own dollars behind the claim to ensure maximum consumer confidence. If you are shopping for a luxury vehicle and want a Tesla, your greatest challenge is going to be availability.

  There are about 6,000 on the waiting list. But that is set to catch up this year.

Learn more at Telsamotors.com

TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto
TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto
TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto

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