Tesla Model S

QuickCharge: Tesla Model S P85+

Tesla Motors is the aspirational manufacturer in the world of electric cars. Bursting onto the scene with the Roadster – an electric super car that proudly said ‘EVs are ready to play with the big boys – they have since followed that success up with the Model S.

Let’s see what Mark thought after getting behind the wheel for the first time:

The Model S has been designed by Tesla and built from the ground up as an electric car. It’s a 5 seater (7 seater if you have small kids who like riding backwards) and comes in at over 2,000kg in weight, but this doesn’t mean Tesla has done away with any of their, now expected, performance.

The Model S P85+ – the model that both Nikki and Mark have been driving – can travel an NEDC rated 310 miles on a single charge (the EPA rates this same car as 265 miles) and can accelerate from 0 – 60mph in a staggering 4.2 seconds. However, the tested set up would set you back £100,730 in the UK – and that is after the £5000 UK Government plug-in grant.

What did Nikki think of the Model S?

A cheaper version of the the Model S is available with a 60kWh battery pack. This reduces the range to 233 miles (NEDC) or 208 miles (EPA). It’s 0 – 60mph time is slightly increased too and comes in at 5.9 seconds. Both of these stats still places this car well ahead of any competition.

This base level model comes in at £50,280 after the UK plug-in grant.

Nikki and Mark will be working hard on bringing you a ChargedUp episode for the Model S. That’s our in-depth review of the car after living with it for a number of days.


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