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High-end Tesla Model S could be the most efficient EV in the land

Tesla is set to put its Model S all-electric sedan on the market a few months ahead of schedule, with the first customer deliveries taking place next month. Another bit of good news for Tesla and the people who are waiting for their Model S to take up residence in their driveway has surfaced. 
Motor Trend reports that the top-of-the-line (85 kWh) Model S is expected to earn a window sticker rating from the EPA showing a 265-mile driving range.
There has been confusion on the driving range for a fully charged Model S, mostly because multiple numbers have been thrown around since the vehicle was first unveiled. The driving range has been at different times said to be 160-miles, 230-miles, and 300-miles depending upon the size of the battery pack installed. Tesla also recently noted that the car was able to achieve a 320-mile driving range on a full charge in the EPA's 2-cycle driving test.
The new 265-mile range for the window sticker is based on the EPA's new five-cycle test. If Tesla is able to land that 265-mile driving range on the EPA's new test, the Model S will be massively superior to other electric vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf, which was only able to muster a 73-mile driving range on the same test. Granted, the high-end Model S is much more expensive than the Leaf.
The real world driving distance will likely vary significantly, depending on where the vehicle is operated and how heavy the driver's right foot is.
The Model S is also available with smaller 40 kWh or 60 kWh battery packs. The base Model S will sell for $57,400 and range up to $105,400 for higher end versions with an 85 kWh lithium-ion battery. Tesla has 10,000 orders in hand for the new Model S EV.
Word that the car may come early sent shares of Tesla stock surging.

Source: MotorTrend

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RE: Need some Keeir math
By JediJeb on 5/16/2012 3:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
Exxon Mobil alone had $41 BILLION in profits AFTER taxes. Do you really think they need ANY break?

I have posted this before but just seeing the sum of $41 billion profits does not tell the whole story. Consider that if you have a 401k with mutual funds, or almost any type of retirement other than Social Security that uses mutual funds or stocks, you will find that it is invested in those big oil companies. Let's say a meager 10 million people have investments in Exxon Mobile through retirement accounts. Just splitting that profit evenly among those people would only give them $4,100 into their retirement accounts for a year. If 100 million people are invested into Exxon Mobile and they all get even splits then they will receive $410 into their retirement accounts. Now not everyone is invested evenly into Exxon Mobile and not all of those profits will got into payouts to stock holders, but even if it did those stock holders end up getting not so much return out of that $41 billion profit. Overall it may seem like a huge sum, but when spread out among all the people invested in the company, it doesn't go as far as you might think. Also unless those accounts are Roth IRAs then eventually there is going to be a bunch of taxes paid on those already taxed profits when people begin to cash out of their retirement plans, so the government is still going to get more tax revenue from it, actually to some extent double dipping as they will receive taxes on money that in a sense has already been taxed once.

RE: Need some Keeir math
By lelias2k on 5/16/2012 4:37:55 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah, sorry, they are really poor and we should just give away all the breaks they can get.

But hey, don't even think about creating any incentives to companies looking for alternatives. Let's just keep doing the same old thing. It has worked so well for us.

On the other hand, looking at it from your way of explaining things and considering we have about 70 million tax payers in the US, the 465 million loan (and not giveaway...) given to Tesla to build the Model S comes to about $6.50 per person. Yeah, I'll give up a beer to try and see if it will work out. :)

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