Tesla made history with the Model S. It had a sleek exterior design, a beautiful interior, and it could perform. The starting price for such an innovative electric car was almost $60,000. It did not exactly make for an affordable entrance into the electric car world for most consumers.
With many software upgrades which Model S owners are more familiar with as the car continues to establish itself, there have been modifications made to the Model S. The 70D, for example, replaced the S60. D stands for dual motor all-wheel drive. A rear-wheel drive model is still available in the 85 Model S.
Each car is made of a sturdy aluminum body and chassis. Its battery pack sits in the floor and there is room for up to seven people if a consumer buys the car with the optional jump seats. The 17-inch touch navigation screen is like nothing else and makes controlling the car a breeze.
One thing most anyone who drives the Tesla Model S notices is how fast it can go from zero to 30 and from 30 to 60. It has an amazing power for an electric vehicle. The only thing is that once you get to a certain speed it tends to stay level. This is good for getting from one place to another, but for anyone who wants the rush of driving a car, gas-fueled vehicles still offer a certain thrill that electric vehicles, including the Model S, have yet to deliver.
Then again, the speed remains consistent and reliable. However, if you have to make it for a two-hour drive to a client’s luncheon and you get stuck in traffic along the way, you might find yourself scrambling to locate the nearest charging station. As much as this is easy enough to do through the software, there is often little consistency with charge stations themselves.
That means, that along this tour-hour example ride, you might find the charge station but it charges so slowly you end up getting to your destination at an embarrassingly late hour.
Other reviewers have noted that the rear axle of the 70 D has an odd shudder when it shifts from park to drive. People outside the car could see it and were somewhat alarmed by it. However, the driver sitting inside the car did not feel a thing.
Test runs of a whopping 100 mph have been done successfully. However, the “kW” meter on the dash will indicate the car needs a long cool-down before it should be powered on again. This is not something a gas powered car has to go through. Although, once a car ages and endures some wear and tear this is not always the case, although most people are not going to be taking their Model S’s for 100-mph joyrides either.
While the car does come with a huge price tag and a need for the installation of a charging station, it still offers a good deal of savings in operating costs in the long run.