Feature6 September 2013

The Tesla Model S is the future... today. It offers most of the usability of the world's best luxury saloons, but with no tailpipe emissions and a fraction of the running costs. And it handles too. Really handles. But can it really be better than the £150,000 Aston Martin Rapide S? Steve Sutcliffe plugs in, turns on and tunes into what could just represent the future of luxury motoring.

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6 September 2013

...I need a proper 7 seater, so...
I've put down a deposit on the Model X! Can't wait!

6 September 2013

May I ask,how long does the battery last be fore you have to
replace it,and how much will it cost?
Also,you do not have a garage,many people do not,how do you charge it?,lead
over the pavement up the path in the front door then 6 hours later unplug the lot
take in the lead.
This is the future,i do not think so,a joke yes but not the future.
I think people need to calm down and look at the facts,these facts are;
you pay £80k for a car you can not use for hours,you park the car outside your house,many people have to,so you run a lead over the pave ment and up the path,boy,the yobs will have
a lot of fun with this.
Sorry Steve should live in the real world.

6 September 2013

There is not a lot kids can do as the cable is looked into the car. If you have the money for this or any super salon you will most likely have off street parking. And the Model S battery is guaranteed for eight years and 125,000 miles.

8 September 2013

The battery is guaranteed for 8 years, unlimited miles. The expectation is that it should last quite a bit longer, of course, with some degradation (about 3%/year) in range. If you buy a new battery today, it runs US, 10,000 - but of course the expectation is that battery technology is improving and the costs should significantly go down. Tesla does a demo of battery switching on their web site where it takes only 90 seconds.

15 September 2013

I think some people here are missing the point of this comparison. These are not 'real world' cars. If someone is fortunate enough to be able to afford one of these cars, then they will have somewhere off road to park it and charge it. They will probably also have access to a second car for the occasions when the super saloon isn't appropriate. Being negative about a car just because it doesn't fit in to YOUR lifestyle is quite narrow minded. We should be admiring companies like Tesla and the technology will filter down to more affordable cars.

16 September 2013

The battery should last 15-20 years or over 500k miles. Then you can use the battery for 10 years as stationary storage and then it can be recycled at a profit.

Tesla offers an 8 year unlimited mile no fault warranty on the battery and offers replacement options for 10-12k after the warranty expires.

Most if not all people who buy cars in that price range have a garage. By the time the cheaper version Gen III comes out, there will probably be chargers at public parking locations. For the price it costs to build 1 gas stations, you can build over 2,000 Level 2 chargers. Or 500 wireless Level 2 chargers.

I know it is hard for people to imagine without driving one, but it was hard for people to imagine moving away from horses too. None of the issues your describing is really that much of a real world issue but hypothetical scenarios based on unknowns to you.

But if it makes you feel better, by the time Tesla releases the Gen III in 2016/2017 they will probably release the Gen III supercharger they talked about which can recharge in 5-10 minutes.

6 September 2013

The Tesla looks great, but I look forward to a smaller version that is better suited to the size of our roads. But it does indeed show the potential of electric cars far better than anything else so far. There is a lot of research going on into power storage. Maybe the supercapacitor or Cambridge Crude will solve the recharge time problem.

6 September 2013

I am a bit surprised that the range is not more than the Aston.

6 September 2013

So much of the criticism on electric cars is due range and charge times, but this sounds just fine.

Imagine I want to drive the 370 miles to visit my Mum in distant Scotland, a distance I would have thought impossible with an electric car. However, with a real world range of 250 miles, I could easily do it with just one half hour stop, should there be a decent charging point.

That's no worse than the petrol powered cars with small tanks that I've had to stop and re-fuel at the mid-point in the past. In fact, I'd usually stop twice or more with this distance - just for a break, and easily for 1/2 hour on one or all of the stops.

It seems like this we're very close to, or actually at, a point where an electric car can really work in any kind of driving you throw at at. Shame I can't afford one of these!

6 September 2013

Surely the Tesla is better balanced, goes into corners quicker and rounds bends with more balance no? would this upset Aston? thanks, j

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