Tesla may have proven that electric vehicles can be more fun to drive than gasoline ones. Their aim is to build vehicles that are not only fun to drive but also faster than gasoline-run vehicles. The company provides vehicles that are generate clean energy and believes that that world is ready for vehicles that gentle on the environment.
It is definitely a dream come true for clean energy enthusiasts to have a zero-emission world that is free of noxious fumes. EyeRide takes a look at the latest offering from Tesla.
The Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S can be said to have come in like a wrecking ball as far as the automotive industry is concerned. No other model of a vehicle has caused such a stir since Ford debuted his automobile.
This latest offering from Tesla is an all-electric hatchback sedan that has drawn a large fan base and alerted competitors to the fact that the time for the electric car is now. The Tesla S is the picture of minimalism as it offers very little in terms of features. You will find:
- A huge infotainment touchscreen
- Only the most basic buttons or knobs
- Only the basic comforts
However, once you get your Tesla S on the road, you will be pleasantly surprised by its power. This nimble hatchback gives you the following:
- Outstanding acceleration
- Agile handling
- Standard all-wheel drive
In addition, the Model S can go for long distances without the need to recharge the battery every few miles.
Highs and Lows
The highs include excellent acceleration that simply thrills, superb handling and the all wheel drive. In addition, the driver has all-electric driving range. No stops at gas stations to worry about.
The lows have to do with the pricing. The Tesla Model S does not come cheap. In fact, there is concern about the price being unworthy the few luxury features offered by the vehicle.
Nevertheless, the Model S is proof that an electric vehicle may perform even better than the traditional gasoline vehicle.
The 2018 Updates
Tesla tinkered with the onboard media control unit and updated it. The infotainment and digital displays needed some tuning up and they are better than before.
More updates include:
- A new but optional 21” design
- A new wood-trim design for the dashboard
- New ventilated seats for P100D model
- New floor mats
- Contrast stitching
- Aluminum doorsills for the P100D also featuring the P100D logo
The following features which were in the Premium Upgrades package of the previous year are included in the price of every Model S.
- An upgraded audio system
- Heated front and rear seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated windshield-washer nozzles
- In-cabin air filter with Bioweapon Defense Mode
The model S has the ability to prep itself for a drive by igniting the heated seats and other heated features. The driver activates this action via the available Smartphone app which must be set to the departure time in order to work efficiently.
As mentioned earlier, the Tesla Model S does not come cheap. It is currently available in three models. The 75D goes for $79,200; the 100D goes for $97,200; and the P100D fetches a cool $136,200.
There are particular details that each model offers which would appeal to different buyers. These details include performance, price and features. The buyer would definitely need to consider their budget when planning for one of these beauties.
Despite the excellent performance inclusive of superb handling, amazing acceleration and instant power delivery, the Model S disappoints when it comes to charging. It charges rather slowly on a 120-volt connection.
The electric motor affects both front and rear axles. As a result, the all-wheel drive feature is on full-time whichever version you opt for.
Acceleration is super fast in all the models but driving range and acceleration depend on particular model. For instance, the 100D leaps from zero to 60 mph in a dizzying 3.9 seconds. The P100D zooms from 0-60 mph in a heart-stopping 2.5 seconds.
The batter pack yields a low center of gravity and the weight is uniformly distributed. The steering wheel comes with the option for light or heavy steering effort. The feeling on the road is solid and the ride is comfortable.
The warranty package is extensive as it protects the vehicle’s powertrain as well as hybrid components. However, it falls short in comparison to some competitors’ warranty offering.
Tesla offers the a limited warranty that covers 4 years or 50,000 miles and a powertrain warranty covering 8 years (no limit on miles).However, there is no offer of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
The Tesla Model S is a vehicle to be reckoned with and competition is awake to this fact. It has offered an excellent alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles especially for long distance driving. It also offers an eco-friendly alternative, a moderately luxurious interior, dynamite performance and safe driving.