Starting at | Starting at 0 MPG City - 0 MPG Highway
The problem with electric vehicles has always been range. Tesla has dealt with this by employing bigger and better batteries in the Model S than have previously been seen in electric vehicles. Even with the smallest batteries in its most basic trim, Tesla still claims a 200+ mile range for the Model S, easily besting the range of any of its potential competitors. Beyond the drivetrain though, the Model S is a competent luxury car. There is lots of room both inside the passenger cabin and in the trunk, making the Model S both spacious and practical. The car can even be fitted with a pair of rear facing jump seats pushing the seating total up to seven. Model S ownership starts at around $62,000, making it comparable to many European large luxury sedans, and while the Model S matches most of these sedans in terms of luxury and performance, it offers other benefits they can't hope to match.
The Tesla Model S is an all new model for 2013. It follows the Roadster as the second car built by all-electric-vehicle manufacturer, Tesla. While the roadster was strictly a two seat toy, the Model S is a 'do everything' sports sedan, with great range and performance car-like acceleration. In many ways the Tesla Roadster was a proof of concept where the Model S is the finished concept. Tesla is showing the world the full potential of the electric car.
The Tesla Model S comes with one of three basic powertrain choices, two of which are available in the standard Model S and the third of which is only available on the Model S Performance. The standard Model S comes with 60kwh and 85kwh battery options, the 60kwh version is powered by a 302 hp electric motor and has an EPA certified range of 208 miles. The 85kwh Model S ups the range to 265 miles, while simultaneously increasing horsepower to 362. The Model S Performance also utilizes 85kwh batteries for a 265 mile range, but the electric motor has been boosted to 416 hp.
Braking & Traction
|4-Wheel Disc Brakes||Std|
|Tire Pressure Monitoring System||Std|
|Driver Air Bag||Std|
|Passenger Air Bag||Std|
|Side Air Bag||Std|
|Side Head Air Bag||Std|
|Rear Body Side Air Bag||Std|
|Rear Head side Air Bag||Std|
|Child Safety Locks||Std|
|Daytime Running Lights||Std|
|Variable Inter. Wipers||Std|
|Rain Sensing Wipers||Std|
|Rear Parking Aid||Opt|
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
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