What You Should Know About Tesla Cars

Sep 8, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Tesla has been all over the news related to the automotive industry in recent years for their innovative electric cars that are more efficient and powerful than most models on the market. Tesla is also among the only automakers to have autopilot functions on their vehicles for use in certain situations. We know that interested drivers still have questions, however. Here are the differences between the specific models and information on range and charging.

Model S


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The Model S is a full-sized five-door liftback sedan with a sleek style and advanced features. Tesla created their flagship model as the safest and most fun-to-drive electric car available. Tesla has a unique all-electric powertrain in this vehicle that lets it easily accelerate from 0 up to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, an acceleration that gas-powered production sedans can’t beat. The unprecedented performance is ensured by consistent software updates and complemented by technology integrated into the vehicle. The Model S also has adaptive headlights that will turn as your vehicle turns so you can always see the road ahead of you. The special electric all-wheel drive system tackles snow and ice with ease. There are even medical-grade HEPA air filters that block over 99.97 percent of allergens, contaminants, and bacteria from entering your cabin’s air system when the car is in “Bio-Weapon Defense Mode.” While some consumers are worried about the range, the Model S can operate for over 265 miles on a single charge according to conservative estimates from the EPA, more than enough for a commute or the journey to a recharging station in a populated area. More advanced models such as the 90D and P90D have higher listed ranges of approximately 300 miles. Autopilot mode can steer while in a single lane or change lanes, manage your speed, and enables sophisticated cruise control. The digital controls for steering, brakes, and the motors will prevent collisions, and the vehicle can even parallel park on command. However, you still have to remain aware of your surroundings to avoid accidents. Despite the implictions, your vehicle can't drive itself entirely at this time. But the driving experience enabled by the Autopilot can be relaxing and fun.

Model X


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The Model X is the first SUV available from Tesla. It has all-wheel drive and a larger 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack. You can fit up to seven adults inside and reach 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. While slightly slower than the Model S, the larger capacity for passengers and cargo might make this model more popular with families. The design of the Model X makes safety a priority with its low center of gravity to halve the typical rollover risk of the class. There are extra impact-absorbing crumple zones, and the Model X is poised to become the first SUV to earn the top safety ratings from the NHTSA in each category. This model has the same filtration system as the Model S and unique Falcon Wing doors which let you get into the rear seats even in incredibly tight parking spaces. The SUV has a range of 250-267 miles on a single charge. The range is slightly lower due to the increased weight, according to the EPA, but Tesla claims that the improved aerodynamic body increases the range to 289 miles. Either way, this is an impressive range for an electric SUV.

Model 3


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The Tesla Model 3 is an upcoming compact from Tesla that is intended to appeal to a broader market at a more accessible price. The next model will be a spacious luxury sedan with premium safety features in a smaller body than the Model S. It will fit five adults, will have the Autopilot hardware, and should earn the 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA. The estimated range is 215 miles and acceleration to 60mph in under 6 seconds. There have already been over 300,000 reservations for the next model.

Superchargers


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To make the available models more useful, there are free Tesla Superchargers spread throughout the country. One of the biggest concerns around electric cars is “range anxiety” and the time it takes to recharge an electric car. Superchargers aim to mitigate both concerns. Tesla has placed 694 (and counting) in major cities and along major highways. They are located near amenities, shopping opportunities, and WiFi hotspots. Drivers can find the nearest station using their infotainment system or mobile app. The impressive normal range combined with the charging network makes these vehicles more attractive to many drivers. There are also public charging stations, while they are slower, and private charging stations at destinations such as hotels and restaurants. The two available models and the upcoming compact sedan offer a range of choices for consumers that may transform Tesla from a technological marvel into a popular automaker.

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