Originally published on EV Obsession. Update: This article has been updated to put some comments in better context. With deliveries of the Tesla Model X SUV finally (after a very long wait) set to begin in a few hours, what’s next for the company? That’s the question many — especially Model S owners and soon-to-be owners — are […]
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We’re just two years into the great Tesla experiment, but some drivers have already driven enough to circumnavigate the planet. One question many would-be Tesla buyers have is how well will the battery last after a bunch of driving? After 28,000 miles, one owner has an answer. A YouTuber that goes by the moniker KManAuto […]
Three fires and countless news stories later, the Tesla Model S is under a magnifying glass for what might be a design flaw, or might be much ado about nothing. Elon Musk is standing by his baby though, saying “there’s definitely not going to be a recall” for the Model S. He’d better hope he […]
The Tesla Model S has topped the sales charts in Norway, outselling even the beloved Volkswagen Golf to become the best-selling car in this very cold country.
While officially rated at 265 miles of range per charge, drivers of the 85 kWh Tesla Model S have already managed to eek over 400 miles of range before refueling. Of course this was at an average speed of just 18 mph, but a duo of Dutch drivers has managed to go 388 miles on a single charge at more realistic city speeds.
From being the highest-scored car ever tested by Consumer Reports to outselling luxury competitors like BMW and Mercedes, the Tesla Model S seems almost too good to be true…and it just got better. Not only did the Tesla Model S score a perfect rating in the NHTSA crash tests, it actually exceeded the NHTSA’s own score, achieving the best safety test score in the association’s history.
In many ways, the Tesla Model S is a car unlike any other, from the way it drives to the way it is sold. Yet in other ways, it is very much embedded in the traditions of the auto industry. Taking a cue from more established companies, Tesla is rolling out a new performance package that, for $6,500, will add mileage and improve the handling of the all-electric sedan.
What is the magic number when it comes to EV driving range? The initial wave of Nissan Leafs received a 73 mile rating, though plenty of owners have achieved more or less range, depending on a wide variety of factors. Yet EV sales are not what Nissan hoped for, and other automakers have taken note. GM’s CEO Dan Akerson said the General is working on an EV with 200 miles of real world range.
Tesla Motors has made a habit of playing its cards close to its chest, especially when it comes to production numbers. Tesla only reveals what it has to in order to comply with Federal law, so the official production numbers for 2012 won’t be available for another month. But thanks to a little Internet sleuthing, we now have a good idea of how many Model S sedans Tesla built and sold in 2012.
Automakers learned early on that one of the easiest ways to make more money was to take an existing car, and alter it into something else. That’s how we got Model T trucks, the Chevy El Camino, and the seemingly endless variants of the Chrysler K Car. So it only makes sense that Tesla Motors should follow suit with its Model S sedan, and one independent designer has penned a Model S wagon that he thinks would fit the Tesla lineup well.
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.
As the best electric car on the market, the Tesla Model S has a global appeal that many of its competitors envy. With production of U.S. bound Tesla sedans already underway, the EV automakers is preparing to open a European production and distribution center. When it opens, the facility will build left-hand drive versions of the Model S for the European market starting next year.