Three years ago, the case for running a Model S company car was made all the stronger by 0% benefit-in-kind tax; today, a business user will pay 7% on it, against a typical liability of around 30% for a luxury diesel saloon.
Tesla estimates that a Model S will save the typical company user £6500 in fuel and tax over five years.
The car comes with charging cables for UK domestic three-pin and 32A seven-pin Mennekes-style power outlets for at-home charging.
Be warned that a full charge of the 90kWh battery from the former would take days, not hours, but Tesla can provide and fit a home charger to significantly improve on that.
You also get free access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, which has already expanded beyond 30 locations from Edinburgh to Exeter.
An 80% charge at one of these takes just 45 minutes, and allowing for the car’s near-300-mile cruising range as we verified it (our 214-mile average range return included the effects of performance testing, as it always does with road test subjects), that means there are few places in the UK you couldn’t visit on a day trip.
There would still be journeys for which a Model S wouldn’t have the range – or be sufficiently flexible – to suit your needs, but they’d probably be sufficiently few and far between to plan for easily.
We would advise specifying the Tesla with smart air suspension (£2200) and Autopilot (£2600); only pick the jump seats (£2600) if you’ll use them.