Sunday, August 10, 2014


We have started seeing many more Tesla vehicles driving around locally, specifically the Tesla S. It is no surprise that people have really started to notice and buy these impressive all-electric sports cars. Increasing curiosity is being driven by their recent news of booming sales and cross country tour which showed off their growing network of charging station. Their network of chargers allowed their team drive from Los Angeles to New York, granted it was using a specific route but this is just the beginning for the young company.

For those of you still in the dark about Tesla and their cars, here is a very solid walk-through of the Tesla S P85 their highest performance model at the moment.                                                                                          The Tesla Model S has been an undeniable success since it went on sale in 2012. With over 22,000 sold last year, it’s quickly become one of the most popular battery-powered cars in the U.S. and the world.

This despite prices that range from $72,240 to over $100,000, and the fact that in many states the company’s brick and mortar showrooms aren’t allowed even to tell you how to purchase one, let alone sell you one, due to laws that prohibit company-owned dealerships. Tesla doesn’t do franchises; you buy its cars directly from the mother ship.

But clearly, its slinky looks, lightning speed and a range of up to 265 miles per charge have overcome these hurdles by addressing many of the issues that have stalled the widespread adoption of electric cars, while raising a few of its own.

Five fires – three caused by accidents damaging the floor-mounted battery pack, one due to a faulty home charger and one that remains a mystery – have garnered plenty of media coverage, but have done little to stop the company’s momentum.

I recently spent a couple of days in a top-of-the-line P85 – the performance model, with 416 hp, some handling tweaks, a jumbo 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack rated at 265 miles of range per charge, and a starting price $95,740.

A 362 hp version is also available, as is the bargain basement Model S 60, which has 302 hp and a smaller 60 kWh battery pack with a range of 208 miles. Tesla says the vast majority of its customers are opting for cars with the larger juice box, as it’s the main feature that sets the Model S apart from other electric cars.

A full charge takes as little as four hours at home, but Tesla is installing a network of “superchargers” at rest stops around the country that can do much faster than that and are compatible only with its cars. You can get about 150 miles worth of electricity in half an hour at one of these, or a full charge in 75 minutes, free of charge. The idea is that on those occasions that you need to drive more than 265 miles in a day, you’re going to need to fill your stomach and empty your bladder at some point, and three or more extra hours of driving are your reward.

Don’t eat too much, though, or you may doze off behind the wheel. Even with your foot to the floor, the Tesla’s rear-mounted motor barely makes a whimper, its body cuts through the air like a ghost and hardly any road noise makes its way through the air suspension that comes standard on the P85.

The cabin itself is ultramodern in style, airy and comfortable, though the materials trimming it don’t seem quite as plush as those found in most cars in this price range. There’s plenty of room up front for the sort of professional sport giants and literal fat cats who will be attracted to a Model S, but that sloping roof makes the rear seat a tight fit for anyone approaching 6-feet tall. 
looks long and lean, but the Model S is more of a midsize car priced  must have all your accounts ready for that price.

For such a high-tech vehicle, it’s also a bit short on g  gizmos and gadgets; there’s no blind spot warning system, radar cruise control, self-parking feature or anything neat like that. But you can be sure the next generation model will be rock and rolling new stuff, as Tesla recently advertised for an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Controls Engineer.

The marquee feature today is a 17-inch tablet-style touchscreen that replaces every button normally found on a dashboard, save for the one that operates the hazard lights – certainly a legal requirement. As these sorts of interfaces go, it’s among the best, with easy-to-read graphics and large icons.

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