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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 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
Plus you get radiated by the prius, or molested by the TSA everytime you fly

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


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".

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