Laura K. Cowan

Tesla Offers Up Fossil Fuel Killer "Beta" Model S for Test Drives

by , 10/17/11

Well, first of all this car hails from Silicon Valley, so priority is put on the electronics. This nets new Tesla owners a 17-inch vertically oriented display screen with a full web browser, Google Voice Search-linked music finder, global satellite radio, and a high-quality sound system. Compare this to the miniscule radio and HVAC system with 20-year-old-looking knobs in the Tesla Roadster, and you can see just what kind of a threat this start-up is to established car makers. These guys learn quickly, and they aim to do a mind-blowingly good job whenever possible.

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As you can see in the amusing but slightly awkward demonstration, the Tesla Model S can fit 7 people (maybe 8 in a pinch) with its optional third-row seats, and also aims to ace its crash tests in every category while improving handling over gas-engined sports cars that have to deal with body roll caused by a heavy engine above the axles. Musk’s point in his reveal speech was to convey that the electric car isn’t just slightly better than a gas-powered car but can actually trump it in every way because of the high-powered battery that allows the car up to 300 miles of battery range and enough power to run the display screen for 6 months, the low center of gravity and stiff battery pan at the floor that improves handling and side-crash safety, the empty hood that lengthens the crumple zone for improved frontal collision safety, and so on and so forth. People at the drive event declared that acceleration was similar to the incredibly fun Roadster.

Could Tesla really have created a fossil fuel killer in the Model S? Well, we still have to wait for them to produce these en masse which presents its own challenges, but Tesla aimed to prove they were capable of creating an desirable electric car, and they have done so with this event. If they can keep it priced near the projected $50,000 after federal tax credits and develop a full range of models, Tesla may just usher in the era of the electric car.

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3 Comments

  1. rafazafar November 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

    sad to say, where i live most of or cars already costs 35k USD.
    can wait for electric. Its the way to go, maybe hydrogen and what not. But still. beautiful step towards the future or cars.

  2. Elizabeth October 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Nice post, I really like it.Can’t wait to see what else you have to say.

  3. sammael October 17, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Before someone starts with “I can’t afford a $50.000 car! This is bull, who wants a $50.000 car!?!?”
    Its not meant for you. At all. Its aimed at that 1% everyone is talking about. People who drive sedans with niffy names like BMW, Mercedes and similar.
    And with profits from this, and proof of concept on the road, then they can make a sub $30.000 electric car, that can be acessable to all of us.

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