2013 Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is car that’s got a really sleek and exciting look to bowl you over if you are looking for one. Designed and manufactured by a startup auto company based in Silicon Valley, better known for its computer and software industries, this all-electric sport sedan hit the market in 2013 with 15,000 pre-orders and then managed to grab a number of awards. This mid-size car sedan has an all-aluminum body that makes it light and fast.
Tesla is a well-known brand for heavy duty batteries and other electrical equipments, and the car’s battery pack, electric motor and power electronics were all developed at the company’s plant in the Silicon Valley. The 2013 Model S comes with a 270 kW (362 HP) motor that drives the rear wheels, giving a top speed of 130 miles per hour. The Performance Edition is driven by a more powerful motor of 301 kW (416 HP).
The motor is powered by batteries of three different capacities – the 40 kWh pack that produces 235 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque, the 65 kWh pack that produces 302 HP and 317 lb-ft of torque, and the 85 kWh pack that produces 362 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque.
The 2013 Telsa Model S can achieve a top speed of 130 miles per hour, which is very impressive for an all-electric car. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds, which is very impressive. The rear-mounted powertrain of the car is so smooth and quiet that you can easily achieve a speed of 50 to 60 miles per hour in the city. The 85 kWh battery pack can drive the car an EPA-rated 265 miles. With the 65 kWh pack, the EPA-rated range is 202 miles and with the 40 kWh pack, the range is 141 miles.
In terms of MPG the car can give 89 MPGe (where e stands for equivalent), which is lower than the 99 MPGe of Nissan Leaf and 105 MPGe of Ford Focus Electric. Using a 240 V outlet, the 40 kWh battery pack can be charged in five hours and the 60 kWh battery in 7.5 hours. An optional dual charger that halves the time is also available.
Like most electric cars available in the market, the 2013 Tesla Model S is equipped with a single-stage gear reduction automatic transmission system that reduces excessively high rotational speed of the motor to slower and more useable speed.
With its sculpted form, elongated aerodynamic shape and seamless curves, the 2013 Tesla Model S is a design lover’s delight. The entire appearance is so impressive that it can easily be mistaken for Jaguar XJ or XF. Its long nose, elongated body, coupe-like roofline, eye-shaped angled windows and wraparound headlights lend it an air of speed and elegance that few other cars have. The 5-door sedan is an embodiment of designer Franz von Holzhausen’s concept of ‘classic modernity’ that is stylishly luxurious and gives no hint of its electric power.
The inside of the 2013 Tesla Model S is equipped with high-tech features. The car has no ignition button because it turns on automatically as soon as the driver’s seat is occupied. The dash is dominated by a 17″ LCD touchscreen display that controls every gadget in the car, including the navigation system, climate control, stereo system and also offers 3G wireless internet connectivity (true to its Silicon Valley roots). The inside space has ample space for five passengers (including the driver) and the seats have high-quality soft-touch plastic covers.
The 2013 Tesla Model S comes with standard safety features including eight airbags, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. It doesn’t offer any advanced features like lane departure warning system, cruise control and crash-avoidance braking system. The sedan has not been tested for safety by either the government of the IIHS.
With its stylish and attractive Jaguar-like appearance, powerful electric motor, and elegant interior with a high-tech control panel, the Tesla Model S is a worthy adversary to the established mid-sized sport sedans. Available at a base price of $57,400, the car is also within the affordable range. So whether you are into eco-friendly living or not, this is a car you should definitely take a good look at.Cat : Tesla,