Tesla Model S Review: A Tesla Electric Car with All the Right Moves

Tesla Model S Review: A Tesla Electric Car with All the Right Moves

Posted 07.16.2012 in Articles by Neil-Denny

With a sexy bod and impressive performance capabilities, the new Tesla Model S is looking to usher in a new standard for the electric luxury sedan. Armed with a 40 kWh battery that can take you from zero to sixty in 6.5 seconds, and a 17-inch touchscreen to give you complete control of your environment, the Tesla S is a cool fusion of athleticism and elegance fit to keep you satisfied. You can go green, and make others green with envy, driving the new Tesla Model S.

The Tesla Model S is geared to set the performance standard for electric vehicles, boasting an EPA-estimated max range of up to 265 miles with the available 85 kWh battery. When armed with the high performance drive inverter that comes with the Model S Performance, it can go from zero sixty in 4.4 seconds, with a max speed of 130 miles per hour.

If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, there are a handful of style and luxury features sure to satiate even Bruce Wayne’s appetite. The 17” touchscreen puts you in full command of your cabin, captain. This gives the driver easy access to door locks, climate control, and bluetooth communication, not to mention the standard 7-speaker 200 watt AM/FM/HD audio system, all on one simple interface. If you’re willing to shell out an additional $1500, you can opt for the all-glass panoramic roof, giving you a view of the world around you in a way no other sedan can. Other great upgrades include Nappa leather seating, rear-facing child jump seats, and turn-by-turn navigation.

The beauty of it all is: it’s electric. No tailpipe. No emissions. No more trips to the gas station. The car is capable of plugging into a regular 110 volt outlet, and can refresh up to a range of 31 miles per hour of charge with a 240-volt outlet. The $1200 Twin Charger upgrade allows for twice the amperage using a 100-watt High Power Wall Connector, increasing range at up to 62 miles per hour of charge.

The Tesla Model S already reached celebrity status when it made an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” a few years back, and has already sold out all 5,000 initial units upon its release in June 2012. CEO Elon Musk, who has been praised by enthusiasts as the Steve Jobs of the auto industry, has always had a vision of mass producing electric cars for an affordable price. Starting at $49,900 with the Model S base trim (after the $7500 federal rebate), on up to $97,900 for the Signature Performance edition, the Model S may not exactly be within the average buyer’s price range just yet. But based on the success of the new Tesla’s debut, the future of the electric car looks promising, and brings Musk one step closer to making good with that promise to deliver electric cars to every household.


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