2012 Tesla Model S

 

The electric cars market has just received a much needed dose of adrenalin! The latest is the Tesla Model S full-sized electric sedan from Tesla Motors which has arrived in a sexy package with brass balls.  The official (EPA) range for the Model S luxury model equipped with a 85 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is 265 miles (426 km) making the Model S the electric car with the greatest range available in the market. The EPA’s energy consumption is rated at 855 kilojoules per kilometer (38 kWh/100 mi) for a combined fuel economy of 89 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (2.64 L/100 km).  Tesla has scheduled the release of a base model with a smaller 40 kWh battery expected to deliver a range of 160 miles (260 km) and mid-range model with a 60 kWh battery pack. This particular option will take the Model S from 0-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 110 mph. Tesla is also offering more powerful options, including a 230-mile lithium-ion battery pack (60kWh), which hits 0-60 mph in just 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph, and a 300-mile version (80kWh) that can go from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 126 mph. The top-of-the-line model is the Model S Sport, which is capable of hitting 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, considerably faster than the 300-mile, 80kWh Model S. The Model S Sport is carrying the 80kWh electric powertrain with the significant power boost courtesy of added enhancements. We’re going to be seeing quite a few of these Eco-friendly bad boys on the road in the next few years. Going green has never been this bad ass!

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