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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 Keeir on 5/17/2012 12:39:13 AM , Rating: 2
Ugh I rest my case. Maybe if people supporting EV's weren't so inherently Liberal I could get behind them more. I don't know.

Well, I guess if you against everything those guys say, then there isn't any arguement that can "convince" you of anything.

Except this doesn't work. The market has shown EVERY TIME that when offered a choice, consumers will pick standard ICE vehicles over all others.

Err what choice is there for EVs again? A super expensive Roadster not in production? A B-Segment Hatch with... questionable styling?

The Tesla Model S is the -first- EV on the market that gives 100+ miles range combined with styling, performance and gadgets that are in line with TCO of competing gasoline cars.

Looking at the Ford Motor Company History, Ford produced the Model N which sold at a rate of ~7,000 a year. Ford then produced the Model T which sold at a rate of 750,000 a year over 20 years of production.

There is a tipping point for these new transportation technologies. EVs and the PHEVs may go from being really unpopular to -SUPER- popular in just a few years. I think though you ought to give up the fallacy that the market has made a clear preference. The market has clearly shown that it WILL purchase Hybrids... but the Hybrid has to be cheap enough to offset the risk and drivability issues in the design. The market has shown it WILL purchase Diesels... but Diesels without AdBlue. EVs and PHEVs are still so new, I don't think the market has really said anything about them yet. I've always felt the Leaf was a poor choice for a NA EV. I've always felt like the Volt went too far to be an "everyman's" car. The Model S is still too expensive. But here we sit at 3? options. Hardly a referendum on EV ownership.

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