Road trips are an American tradition, though many electric car drivers probably feel left out due to the limited range and long charging time of many EVs. But a trio of intrepid EV enthusiasts is driving a recently-bought Tesla Model S from Portland, Oregon to New York City, on a national tour…just because.
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Nobody could ever accuse the Tesla Model S of being a cheap car. Even after factoring in the $7,500 federal tax rebate, the cheapest Model S still rings in at more than $49,000 (and after January 1st, it will cost an additional $2,500). But compared to what it will cost in Europe, the U.S. Tesla Model S is a downright bargain. Tesla has just released their European prices…and let’s just say I’m glad we live in the USA.
Tesla Motor’s novel approach to selling its all-electric Model S with different battery sizes has made it far and away the most successful electric car maker on the market. Up until now, only the most expensive Tesla Model S with the 85 kWh battery has been officially rated by the EPA, but Tesla has just released the ratings for its middle child with the 60 kWh battery pack. With over 200 miles of range per charge, can the middle child steal sales from the elder?
The Tesla Model S has been described by some people as the most important car since the Ford Model T. While I think that may be overstating its importance just a wee bit, there is no doubt that the Model S is the supreme electric vehicle in the world right now. According to Elon Musk, Tesla is working on several unspecified variants on the Model S. Makes me wonder…what is Musk to?
Comedian, talk show host, and all-around gearhead Jay Leno loves automobiles as much as a man can, and his all-encompassing passion is really something to be admired. From American muscle to steam-powered trikes, if they built it, Leno probably has it in his garage/warehouse. Recently, Leno got a special visit from Tesla Motors, who let him burn rubber in one of their new Tesla Model S sedans.