Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015 Tesla Model S: Electric Power at its Best



What is the answer to the questions “What is the best electric vehicle on the market?”  The general consensus would the Tesla Model S which sits at the height of luxury and electric power for only a few who can afford such a fine piece of engineering, advanced power, luxury features and simply gorgeous styling.  The Model S is a fantastic five-passenger sedan that gives generous range and a decent amount of cargo space to be a great vehicle to take out for a weekend family getaway or to make the daily commute much more enjoyable.


As a company that is fully interested in filling a car with awesome technology, Tesla shows off with the most advanced equipment possible along with an electric motor that offers the best range on the market.  For these reasons, the Tesla Model S stands alone and has no actual competitors in its class.  This lack of competition does not mean Tesla was complacent in their designs; this car is amazing from front to back and with everything underneath as well.  As a car that shows off as a sports sedan, the Tesla model S allows the green car market to experience a massive level of performance in a car that truly is a great car for the planet as well as the owner.

For 2015, the Model S shows up with a brand new P85D model that adds all-wheel drive to the lineup and is able to make the jump from zero to sixty mph in less than 3.2 seconds.  The standard model still not bad showing off a 4.4 second time, but the new model is just a step ahead.   Other new features include the software updates that are regularly offered on the Tesla models making the tech at updated as possible with each upgrade.

To make a jump from zero to sixty mph the way the Tesla Model S can do so, a dynamic and highly engaging control system must be in place, and the Model S has it.  This car is able to handle just about any road with a suspension that firmly plants that car on the road with ease along with a steering system which is weighted to be a great balance and make it easy to handle any curves and a winding road at breakneck speeds.  The Tesla could not ask the price it does without a quiet cabin, and it has just that and more to keep the road noises on the outside of the vehicle at all times.

The Tesla Model S shows up with four distinct power options to choose from across the various model platforms.  The first of these motors shows up in the Model S 60 which is powered by an AC electric motor with a 60 kWh battery pack.  This motor produces 302 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque while giving a fuel mileage equivalent of 94 city/97 hwy MPGe and a range from a full charge of 208 miles.

The second power setup for the Model S is found on the Tesla Model S 85 is an AC electric motor with an 85 kWh battery pack.  This setup offers an even stronger 380 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque while giving a fuel efficiency of 88 city/90 hwy MPGe.  The range for the sedan powered by this power plant is 265 miles on a full charge.

For the Model S 85D the power comes from dual AC electric motors with 85 kWh battery packs.  This power offering brings in 376 horsepower and 398 lb.-ft. of torque.  The efficiency of this power set up comes in with 95 city/106 MPGe and offers a range of 270 miles on a full charge.
Finally, the new Model S P85D shows up with dual AC electric motors with 85 kWh battery packs and a power boost that brings the power up to a strong 691 horsepower and 687 lb.-ft. of torque.  The efficiency for this set up is the lowest at 89 city/98 hwy MPGe and offer a range of 253 miles from a full charge, but how can anyone complain about mileage that is so stout along with the amazing power.

The space inside the Model S is extraordinary by making use of all the space not needed from the engine or fuel tank.  This car actually makes its way into the hatchback lineup and offers an interior that is roomy for all to enjoy supportive seating with plenty of legroom and cargo space that goes on for days.  As mentioned, the tech inside is superior to just about every car on the market to be one of the most luxurious cars on the market today.  The front where the engine normally resides is a space now called a “frunk” or front-end trunk to give even more storage space than before.

On the outside the Tesla Model S is a sleek and stylish sports sedan that is gorgeous, with elegant and long lines, an aerodynamic shape and a long front and rear end.  The long swooping hood and large wheels give the car an air of elegance, and the slick swept back headlights offer a great feeling of the a smooth style and grace on and off the road.  The Model S is one of the most attractive luxury models on the road for owners to fully embrace and enjoy.

The standard equipment offered for the Model S includes 12-way adjustable heated front seats, cloth and synthetic leather upholstery, eight airbags, a seven-speaker 200-watt audio system, two USB ports, a 17-inch screen which controls the climate, entertainment and vehicle controls and a keyless entry and starting system that only requires a driver to come near the car with a key in hand to enter and begin the drive.  This list alone makes owning the Model S a great experience, but the optional features take it just a bit farther.

The optional features offered for the Model S come in as all-wheel drive, an Autopilot package that adds active cruise control, collision warning and self-parking, a panoramic glass roof, Nappa leather, a high end audio system, a Tech Package that includes HID headlights, a navigation system, an HD backup camera and a power rear liftgate.  Also available is the active air suspension, and a Subzero package which adds heated rear seats, heated washer nozzles and windshield wiper de-icer, all to ensure owners of the Tesla Model S are able to fully enjoy the ride and experience what top of the line quality is from one of the best automakers in the world.

The pricing of the Tesla Model S starts out at a base price for the Model S 60 version of just above $71,000, the Model S 85 comes in asking for a generous increase at $81,000 and the all-wheel drive 85D shows up at $5,000 more.  Heading up to the top of the line, the Model S P85D will start around $105,500 and adding all the option features will bring this number up to the $131,000 price range for the finest electric powered luxury sedan on the market today.

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