This month we’re going to be discussing one of the most efficient and innovative cars around; Tesla, focusing on the Model S, their flagship vehicle. This car is 100% electric, making it very efficient, and eco-friendly. The basic features are truly impressive: the vehicle has a range of up to 335 miles on a single charge, can go 0-60 in 2.4 seconds, and has 5 star overall safety ratings.
To put this into perspective, the closest contender for vehicle range on a single charge is the Nissan Leaf which does less than half of the Tesla at approximately 150 miles. To put the acceleration of the top of the line model into perspective, 0-60 in 2.4 seconds is faster than any production Ferrari or Lamborghini.
The Tesla can be charged virtually anywhere; every car comes with access to the global charging network showing charging stations on the vehicle’s navigation wherever you are en route to. With just a 30 minute charge the Model S will be good to go for 170 miles!
The Tesla Model S is a groundbreaking car, so perhaps most surprising is that the design looks so simple and clean cut. Visually it has about as much charisma as any number of mid-range executive cars on the market right now and blends right in, except perhaps for the flush mount door handles. Truly, all the magic happens under the skin. The battery packs stowed in the floor creating a very low center of gravity. There is also no transmission; an electric motor exists at each wheel for propulsion. This also allows for a wider body stance and superior handling characteristics.
If there’s one feature that divides Tesla from the rest of the world it’s the Autopilot function. This feature is designed to take the load off the driver on the highway and to keep you out of harm’s way in the event of an impending collision. Several radars combine with a forward-looking camera, long-range sensors and other components that can scan 16 feet in any direction and apply brakes as needed. It can detect other cars and pedestrians. It can also execute lane changes, control your highway speed in relation to other cars and park for you. Many insist that Autopilot is twice as safe as having a human behind the wheel and it may have already saved at least one life.
The Tesla Model S is a truly impressive complete luxury sedan, electric aside. It has raised the bar and forced the world’s biggest car manufacturers to rise to that bar.
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