The Tesla Model S (Photo : REUTERS)
The Tesla Model S electric sedan is not your typical electric car. The 85 kWh Model S Performance, which will be delivered Friday, June 22, has a top speed of 130mph, an estimated range of 300 miles at 55 mph, and it can go from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, Tesla states.
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Unlike other high-tech electric sports cars, such as the BMW i8, it might (eventually) be affordable for the average consumer. But for the above edition, not so much.
The first edition of the Model S will run for $84,900 (and that's after a $7,000 tax credit), but middle-class buyers should not rule out the possibility of owning this high-performance electric sedan.
This fall, Tesla will roll out the 60 kWh Model S, which will run for $59,900 (once again, that's after the $7,000 tax credit). For the savings, one would lose a bit in the area of performance. The 60 kWh Model S has a 230 mile range, 120 mph top speed, and can go from 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds.
The average buyer might not reasonably be able to fork out $60,000 for an electric sedan, not matter how much he or she would save on gas. These buyers might want to consider the 40 kWh Model S, which will be out this winter. Once again, costs sacrifice performance. The 40 kWh Model S has 110 mph top speed, a 160 mile range, and acceleration of 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds.
In addition, the Model S comes with a variety of modern interior features - some custom, some standard.
Standard is the 17-inch touchscreen that is Wi/Fi enabled and has available modible connectivity.
Some custom features include rear-facing seats, which Tesla recommends for motorists with children; active air suspension, which responds to road and speed conditions; and a supercharger, which can replenish 160 miles in 30 minutes.
Tesla states charging is quite convenient. The Model S can charge with any 110 or 240 volt power outlet - or at any public charging station - using the Universal Mobile Connector.
The Model S might not be affordable for all, but for some, this one-of-a-kind electric sedan might be worth the price.
"There has simply never been another car like this one," wrote CNN money.