Print 53 comment(s) - last by web2dot0.. on May 23 at 4:46 PM

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

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Need some Keeir math
By Mint on 5/17/2012 4:05:46 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think "EV's are bad". I'm just pissed off how they've become tied into the current political atmosphere, the clear anti-ICE agenda and "green" nonsense

Not all green agenda is nonsense, and likewise not all liberal support that which is nonsense. I'm a liberal, but I don't support wind power, solar power, or the anti-nuke stance (hell, even the co-founder of GreenPeace is pro nuke).

EVs - especially PHEVs - make a lot of sense, and even if they aren't self-sufficient now, subsidies (and they're really rather insignificant - well under 1/1000th of gov't spending to kickstart an industry that will reduce $1000 per capita in oil imports) do make sense as long as you are confident that the industry has a future. If you don't subsidize it, somebody else will (e.g. China, which they already did with solar).

The market has shown EVERY TIME that when offered a choice, consumers will pick standard ICE vehicles over all others.
Why do you assume that the market is static? Are you willing to bet that this observation of yours will hold for even three years, let alone the decade+ timescales needed for planning by companies and governments alike to make sound decisions?

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki