Originally posted on CleanTechnica
2003 seems like such a long time ago. Gas prices were low, American nationalism was high, and Tesla Motors was little more than an ambitious idea. 12 years later, and you can hardly mention electric cars without also mentioning Tesla, as the automaker has piled on dozens of accolades in a brief time, as this infographic from EVAnnex shows.
Amazingly, all these awards are from 2012 and sooner, and they all have to do with just a single vehicle, the Tesla Model S. What’s more, these accolades aren’t just coming from left-leaning newspapers or publications, but major car magazines that have access to some of the best vehicles ever built. Publications like Motor Trend that know cars inside and out unanimously declared it the 2013 Car of the Year, saying that the Model S “drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it’s also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it’ll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk.”
Consumer Reports gave the Model S its highest-ever rating, 99/100, and in addition to winning the Most Loved Car Award from CR in 2014, Tesla was also recently tapped for having the best repair service. Even Top Gear was forced to admit that the Tesla Model S is probably the “most important car” the show has ever tested.
With all these accolades, is it any wonder that the Model S has become the gold standard to which all electric and luxury cars are compared?