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All-electric Model S runs the 1/4 mile in 12.5-seconds at 110.9 mph

It’s doubtful that many people believe manufacturer estimates when it comes to fuel efficiency or driving range for electric vehicles. The driving range for electric vehicles obtained in government tests is often a far cry from real world numbers. On public roads, driving range for an electric vehicle depends on the terrain, how heavy the driver's right foot is, and even the temperature. 
The guys over at Motor Trend have laid hands on a Tesla Model S and set out to get a real world driving distance. The car used for the driving distance test is a Model S Signature Performance 85, and this particular vehicle happened to be Tesla CEO Elon Musk's personal ride. The test of the Model S also involved putting down some performance numbers, which enthusiasts will be interested to hear.
The big four-door Model S was able to hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. It also ran a virtually silent 12.5-second quarter mile pass at 110.9 mph. Those are impressive numbers for a gasoline-powered sedan, putting the Model S Signature Performance 85 in the same company as the BMW M5 and the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG among others.

Tesla Model S
The real question though is how far can the car drive. Being able to hit 60 as quick as an AMG badged Mercedes is impressive, but not so much if the battery pack is dead shortly thereafter. The largest battery pack available in the Model S is rated by the EPA at 265 miles in extended range mode.
After the performance testing was done, the car was completely recharged even though it is only consumed what the onboard computer said was 13 miles of range despite the quarter-mile passes and other performance tests. The real world driving distance test took place in California heading towards San Diego via Interstate 15 before hitting the I-5 and then the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway. The map showed the driving distance to be 240 miles.
Motor Trend says that the test was conducted with the air conditioner off, but ventilation on, cruise set at 65 mph, and the body lowered on its air suspension for driving distance. Apparently, the car was 1.7 miles short of making it the full 240 miles in real world traffic. Rather than run out of power the tester plugged the car and to get the extra few miles of driving range.
Motor Trend figures the real world driving range is 238 miles in their testing, 11% short of the claims 265. 

Source: Motor Trend

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RE: impressive
By tayb on 8/29/2012 10:23:08 AM , Rating: 2
How often do you ever drive more than 200 miles in a single day? Personally, the farthest I have ever driven in a single day is 186 miles. I can imagine scenarios where I would need to drive farther but my fiance has an ICE car for that. The biggest problem for me is I have no place to charge it at my apartment.

RE: impressive
By Spuke on 8/29/2012 12:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
How often do you ever drive more than 200 miles in a single day?
When I drive to Arizona to see relatives (450 miles) or to the central coast on vacation (right around 200 miles). I do both a few times a year. Not often but I do it. I take my car typically because it's a convertible sports car and hills of the central coast are fun to drive on. I worked out the math for renting a car for Arizona trips and it ends up being more money, even if I take my truck (basically I pay an extra $50 over just taking the truck) so we just take my car because it gets much better gas mileage. We save about $75 doing that. Any car of mine has to get 350+ miles range plus about 5 minutes to fill. I could even do 20 minutes to fill cause we usually stop to eat on the way out to AZ.

RE: impressive
By Jeffk464 on 8/29/2012 4:28:57 PM , Rating: 2
People that buy this testla are in a financial position where they are not going to worry about a few hundred dollars difference in their vacation cost.

RE: impressive
By Spuke on 8/29/2012 5:45:32 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in a financial situation where I don't have to worry about a few hundred dollars difference in my vacation costs. Why does "everyone" think that having money automatically equals I don't care about costs or savings. Read "The Millionaire Next Door" and get back to me.

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