The Tesla Model S is one astounding automobile, it is the first premium brand in the electric car industry. Tesla makes the electric car look good in comparison to the Toyota Prius. Tesla makes premium luxury electric vehicles capable of updating and performing maintainance from a simple wi-fi connection. The Tesla Model S comes with a long list of upgrades and features driving the price into the six figure range. The Tesla Model S P85 the top of line model with basic options starts at $85,900. That price steadily creeps up as you add more features and options fully loaded you're looking at a healthy $118,700. This includes P85+ edition, carbon fiber spoiler, Tesla Red Brake calipers and more...
Now on to the stuff that matters can the Tesla do as well as its gas guzzling counter parts. The base model Tesla Model S sports at 65kWh battery that claims 302hp and 0-60 in 5.9secs and a top speed of 120mph. The mid-level Model S sports a 85kWh battery with 362hp and 0-60 in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 125mph. Then, the 85kWh performance model with 416hp and 0-60 in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 130mph. One thing is clear is that in the top speed group, cars in this price range will out run the Tesla in a long distance sprint. However, the electric battery of the Tesla will give it a distinct advantage in the acceleration area since power is available almost instantly. This is perfect for the average street race from light to light. Then comes the questions that plague all-electric cars, the range and the how long does it take for the battery to load.
The base Model S 65kWh has a EPA range of 208 miles and the 85kWh models have a EPA range of 265 miles. Thais pretty impressive however, if you completely drain the battery and decide to charge you car from a standard wall outlet it will take you over 52 hours to charge. If you use a 240v outlet you can decrease the time down to 9 hours and then the high power wall connector a $2000 extra will charge you car in 4 hours. Tesla is launching its new superchargers across the country which will allow you to fully recharge your car in 1 hours an impressive time. However, you can charge your car from any outlet anytime according to Tesla.
The biggest advantage of owning an Tesla is the zero cost for fuel and other maintainance cost that plague gasoline driven vehicles. The Model S doesn't need and oil change, spark plugs, filters and more importantly gas. The average savings over a comparable vehicle is approx. $700 plus a healthy federal tax credit for owning an electric vehicle. The ROI on the Tesla is the biggest selling point.
Though there is lots of room for improvement both in battery performance and range the Tesla Model S gives us a glimpse at the future of automobiles that specialize in conversing the environment and reducing the amount of emissions. There still may be issues with charging times and charging locations but with the rapid expansion of the market this should no longer be a large issue in the coming years. The Model S combines luxury qualities plus exciting performance and a great ROI over the years of ownership. The Tesla Model S is a great buy for those who can afford the hefty price and want to do their part in preserving the economy.
If you want to play with the neat tools to estimate charging times and road trip estimations head on over to Teslas website http://www.teslamotors.com/goelectric