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The Model S also received a 265-mile range on the EPA's new five-cycle testing procedure

Tesla's top-of-the-line Model S has finally received its EPA ratings, and as previously predicted, the vehicle landed a 265-mile range.

Tesla's Model S is an electric sedan that comes in three different versions, with 40 kWh, 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery packs. The lower-end 40 kWh base model will sell for $57,400 while the higher-end model will sell for $105,400. The Model S is eligible for the $7,500 federal electric tax credit as well.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its ratings for the high-end 85 kWh Model S, giving the electric sedan a mile per gallon equivalent (MPGe) rating of 89 combined, or 88 city and 90 highway.

Also, the Model S underwent the EPA's new five-cycle testing procedure scoring a 265-mile range. The vehicle also landed a 300-mile range using the EPA's traditional two-cycle testing. This puts the Model S far ahead of the electric competition.

With
these kinds of EPA ratings, the Model S is sure to gain some attention. In fact, the EV has already proved to be a popular addition to Tesla's electric family with 10,000 reservations so far, where each customer had to pay $5,000 to reserve the vehicle.


Also, the automaker expects the Model S to help bump its annual revenue estimate to $560 million to $600 million USD, which is about $175 million per quarter. This is about six times its current revenue.

Last month, Tesla also announced that the Model S would arrive ahead of schedule, causing the automaker's stock to surge.

Clearly, the Model S has been helpful for Tesla's pocket, which took a big hit earlier this year. In Q1 2012, the automaker poured out $89.9 million USD in losses. Since 2009, Tesla has reported losses of over $500 million USD.

Tesla Motors received $465 million in federal loans from the U.S. Department of Energy in order to retrofit a former General Motors and Toyota factory as well as develop the Model S. So far, Tesla has used about $360 million of that loan.

Tesla will begin shipping the Model S tomorrow.

Source: Auto Blog



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RE: where's the * ?
By alpha754293 on 6/22/2012 9:14:00 AM , Rating: 2
EPA UDDS and HWFET have both been the "staple" for emissions testing (which is actually how they back-calculate the fuel economy from that -- so for those that thing they actually measure the fuel consumption during the test - that is DEFINITELY not true).

SC03, US06, and LA92 were added in 1996 as supplementary test procedures.

As far as I know, I think they revised the UDDS/FTP and HWFET I THINK in 2003 (but don't quote me on that) which gave way to the new fuel economy ratings (in order for it to be more "representative" of "real world" conditions). The reality is that fuel economy is ALWAYS going to vary because how you drive is different from how others drive and that has a HUGEEEE impact on the results.

For more information about the EPA test cycles, see:
http://www.epa.gov/oms/standards/light-duty/index....

http://www.epa.gov/nvfel/testing/dynamometer.htm

Note though that of course, for HEVs, PHEVs, and EVs, the testing procedure has been changed again (since EVs and PHEVs either don't have or have very little tailpipe emissions so the method of collecting air (emissions) samples doesn't work any more (of course, naturally).

I haven't read/seen what their new testing procedures are for HEVs, PHEVs, or EVs are.


RE: where's the * ?
By Keeir on 6/22/2012 11:15:40 AM , Rating: 2
They use a 24 hour soak charge.

Run the Test.

Measure electric current used to recharge the battery over another 24 hour soak charge...


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