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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 Reclaimer77 on 8/29/2012 10:47:32 AM , Rating: 2
lol right, this is a "commuter car" now? Good one tayb!

I know you're a cheerleader for these things, but you aren't even trying to use common sense. The range for EV's need to be as high as possible because the recharging times SUCK, and there's barely anywhere to charge an EV in public (outside of California). Hello?

I drove to the beach this summer. This car wouldn't even get me there on a full charge. And you'll probably say something idiotic like "well just rent a car". I mean come on, how idiotic is that? The greatest thing about cars is that we can just get in them and go. Dealing with range anxiety for EV's and car rentals is just more inconvenience that I certainly don't need in my life. And I don't even have kids!


RE: impressive
By Jeffk464 on 8/29/2012 11:37:02 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, unless you can't afford it the easiest thing to do is fly any distance over 400-500 miles and rent a car from the airport. This is already what people like to do.


RE: impressive
By FITCamaro on 8/29/2012 12:15:19 PM , Rating: 3
400 miles to Orlando from Charleston. 6 hours to drive. 5 hours (with layovers and getting to the airport early) usually to fly. ~$100-120 in gas to drive. $400 to fly.


RE: impressive
By cknobman on 8/29/2012 2:08:04 PM , Rating: 2
Your claim is dubious at best.

I just flew from DFW to Chicago (800 miles fyi) round trip for $211 (after fees and taxes and baggage) with a layover in Kansas City.

Total time from DFW to Midway? Less than 3 hours.

Try not to over exaggerate please.

If I had driven in a freakin Prius getting 45mpg @ 3.89 a gallon it would have cost me over $140 in gas.


RE: impressive
By Nutzo on 8/29/2012 2:30:54 PM , Rating: 3
Plus you get to be radiated or molested by the TSA every time you fly.

No thanks. I'll drive even if it cost me twice as much.


RE: impressive
By Jeffk464 on 8/29/2012 4:18:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah flying does suck these days.


RE: impressive
By Manch on 9/1/2012 5:13:11 AM , Rating: 2
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Plus you get radiated by the prius, or molested by the TSA everytime you fly


quote:
No thanks. I'll drive a regualr car even if it cost me twice as much.


FIXED!!


RE: impressive
By Manch on 9/1/2012 5:39:42 AM , Rating: 2
The fastest flight I could find was 4hrs & 34 mins. What airline did you use?!


RE: impressive
By lyeoh on 9/4/2012 2:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
And how do you get to your various destinations from the airport? Do factor the cost and time of that in. I'll be happy if hybrid/electric cars become more affordable and practical.

In the future when petroleum becomes more expensive, flying might get rather more expensive and/or slower. It'll be a while before electric planes can travel at 900+kph and be powered by nonfossil fuels (the other option is to create hydrocarbons via nuclear power or some renewable source). That said mainstream passenger jets have generally been getting slower from the 1970s to the 2012, so I wonder what would be "still fast enough".


RE: impressive
By EnzoFX on 8/29/2012 1:43:16 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Some people here are idiots. Because anyone looking to buy a 50K car, well, it's going to be their first and only car right? They will of course have something for that rare long trip. But the tards here think that for it to be viable, it needs to do everything, because all cars now do everything, right.


RE: impressive
By Spuke on 8/29/2012 2:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
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because all cars now do everything, right.
That's because all cars DO everything right now. LOL! Even a Veyron can be used to pick up groceries or visit relatives out of state. Not one EV, no matter what the pricetag is, can do what every friggin car from an 86 Accord to a Ferrari 458 can do. My issue is not so much with EV's but with idiots, like yourself, that can't see past your own noses. Why do you think EV adoption is nearly non-existent? Cause they DO NOT do everything a regular car can do today!


RE: impressive
By Jeffk464 on 8/29/2012 4:19:32 PM , Rating: 2
There is a long waiting list to pick up the testla. This thing is no nissan Leaf.


RE: impressive
By Spuke on 8/29/2012 4:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
There is a long waiting list to pick up the testla. This thing is no nissan Leaf.
LOL! What's your point?


RE: impressive
By tayb on 8/29/2012 1:43:00 PM , Rating: 3
Are you purposefully dense or is it just accidental? Maybe instead of making up your own arguments to respond to try reading, it might clear some things up. Responses to other people's posts are not to be taken in a vacuum, they should be taken in light of the original post to which they were responding to.

He said this...

quote:
Agree, I don't care that its electric, but charging times are a big issue. As nice as this car is it is still only able to be used as a commuter car. Sides the range they got was with the AC off. How much more range will be lost with the AC on?


...and I said this...

quote:
Your commute must really suck ass if 200 mile range won't cut it. I'm sure the actual numbers are closer to 150 - 180 miles but even that, how long is your commute man?


..and then you said something idiotic.


RE: impressive
By EnzoFX on 8/29/2012 1:44:55 PM , Rating: 2
Who exactly do you think this is targeted at? People looking to buy their first and only car? Who's the one with no common sense...


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