And Tesla continues their winning streak…
The Model S electric car, manufactured by Tesla and brainchild of Elon Musk, has been awarded a 99 out of 100 score from Consumer Reports. The Tesla Model S is one my favorite cars from the past few years – electric or not – so I was very happy to see them score so well in CR’s testing.
In fact, the 99 out of 100 is the highest score in the car ratings that CR has given. The Tesla’s main competitor – the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid – scored just 57 out of 100. A failing grade if I have ever seen one. Here’s what CR says about the Tesla:
The Tesla rivets your attention from the start. Simply touching the flush aluminum door handles causes them to slide outward, welcoming you inside. With the car-shaped fob in your pocket or purse, a tap of the brake pedal brings the Model S to life. There’s no need to insert a key or press a button. You’re immediately greeted by the glow of a huge 17-inch video display that dominates the center of the dash and allows you to control everything, such as adjusting the suspension’s ride height and setting up a new Slacker Radio channel. And as you dip into the throttle, you experience a silent yet potent surge of power that will make many sports cars weep with envy.
With its hefty 85-kWh lithium-ion battery, our Tesla is easily the most practical electric car we’ve tested. Though the Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf can go about 80 and 75 miles, respectively, before needing a charge, our Model S has been giving us around 200 miles: ample for commuting, running plenty of errands, and still being able to take the long, winding way home.
The Tesla Model S is a zero-emission, full electric car that (depending on the model) can go over 300 miles on a single charge. Imagine what Tesla will be doing with their automobiles in just a few years time if they are already doing this well. I believe that within 10-15 years we will all be driving electric cars capable of meeting nearly all of our transportation needs, with “quick fill up” stations along major highways and byways like gas stations are now. I can’t wait.