June 2012. Fremont, California. Elon Musk, Founder & CEO of Tesla Motors hands over the keys to the world’s first 10 customers of the Tesla Model S.
Incidentally, Tesla Motors is the first manufacturer in a long, long time that has a factory in not just the United States – but in California, the heart of America’s technology revolution. Mind you, this may pass off as just a gimmick – but it isn’t. Tesla’s commitment to quality shines through to every aspect of this wonder car – the Model S.
The 2014 Tesla Model S gets the most range of any electric car on the market, and in the Performance Plus (P85D) trim, hits 60 mph in a nerve-wrecking 4.2 seconds. The car offers balanced handling in the turns and plenty of grip. Owners get free fast charging at Supercharger stations. Combining that kinda efficiency with jaw-dropping performance makes owning the Tesla Model S more than just owning a car. It’s a whole new experience, unlike nothing ever seen before.
I mean, imagine a car that’s adding features via a simple software update. How cool is that? The 2013 Model S got Hill-Hold Assist and dynamic sunroof capabilities via a 30MB OTA update. The technology inside will leave any geek jumping with joy – for sure. A 17” capacitive touchscreen that houses all the controls you will ever need, superfast HSPA+ (free) and a beautiful audio system.
The Model S comes in 3 different trim levels. The base model will get you a 60KWh Battery with a motor that churns out a respectable 380hp (60). Step up to the top-end (P85D) and you get a whopping 691hp from a Dual-Motor setup that drives all 4 wheels. Oh, and even with that crazy performance, the P85D is rated for almost 300 miles of range. Combine that with Tesla’s rapidly-expanding Supercharger network and you can make it across the United States (LA-NY) without paying a single cent. Calling that impressive is heavily understating things!
Charging is enabled via anything from a standard 110V power outlet at home; to Tesla’s superchargers, which are usually located near points of convenience such as restrooms, cafes etc. They can charge the Model S from 0 to 200 miles of range in just under 30 minutes.
The Tesla Model S not only looks good, it also drives exceedingly well - while running with electric efficiency. It is absolutely noiseless and all power is delivered to the wheels instantaneously, resulting in powerful yet linear acceleration.
Pricing for the Tesla Model S has been a subject of massive discussion and debate world over. While you can get the baseline Model S for just under $70K, a fully-specced model would bring the bill to a whopping $120K! That’s certainly prohibitive pricing, but Elon Musk has faith. He says that prices will continue to fall as battery technology becomes more efficient and mainstream. Also, many states (including CA) offer a federal tax rebate on purchase of an EV, ranging from anywhere between $1000 to $7500, depending on the region you’re purchasing from.
The Model S, in effect, has proved to the world that an electric car can be desirable and very practical – more so on today’s polluted and oil-less earth.
A note form Aditya Chinchure (blog author):
The Model S is not only a technological wonder. Its an inspiration. As the world shifts fuels, the Model S has set a benchmark in its league. This, and future models of Tesla, truly deserve to be called nothing less than future cars!