For almost five years, Tesla Motors has tried unsuccessfully to create an electric car that can fully replace a standard car with an internal combustion engine. Many industry experts said that the Americans would never be able to do this, however, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the company’s specialists presented to the public their new concept – Model S.
The novelty made a strong impression, but the serial production of the model began only three years later. Sales of the Tesla S car started in the summer of 2012. At first, the electric car was available only in the North American market, but then it became possible to purchase this model in Europe.
Models and prices for Tesla Model S 2021
|EV (333 л.с.) 75D (75 kWh) AWD AT||8 500 000|
|EV (420 л.с.) 100D (100 kWh) AWD AT||11 300 000|
|EV (762 lbs) P100 (100 kWh) AWD AT||14 300 000|
The success of the Tesla Model S was largely due to the many innovative technologies and solutions that were used to create the electric car. So, during the development of the four-door sedan, American specialists issued more than 250 different patents.
In addition, one cannot fail to note the amazing dynamics of the Model S. The vast majority of electric cars on the market are slow, but the “American” is clearly not one of them. The sedan behaves like a real sports car. It accelerates quickly and reacts with lightning speed to any driver’s actions.
By the way, the maximum speed of the “weakest” Tesla Model S reaches 193 km / h. The initial version of the model is driven by a 306-horsepower electric motor with a 60 kW / h battery, the charge of which is enough for 335 km.
In addition to the Model S 60, the 85 and P85 modifications are also on the market. The number in the name indicates the capacity of the battery, and the letter P stands for Performance.
The power unit of the 85 version is 362 hp, while the “charged” P85 has 416 hp. The power reserve of both modifications is the same and amounts to 425 kilometers. The acceleration from zero to one hundred for the Tesla Model S modifications is as follows: 5.9 / 5.4 / 4.2 seconds (versions 60, 85 and 85P, respectively).
In the fall of 2014, the company’s specialists expanded the line of Tesla S cars, presenting the 60D and 85D versions. Both versions are equipped with identical electric motors on the front and rear axles with an output of 190 hp. The first (60D) accelerates from standstill to 100 km / h in 5.6 seconds, and the 85D in 5.2 seconds. The maximum speed of electric cars reaches 200 and 250 km / h, respectively.
The top modification of the P85D has also been declassified. This is the most powerful electric car in the Tesla Model S line. It is also driven by two electric motors at once, the total power of which is equal to 700 hp. (930 Nm). Acceleration to 100 km / h for the P85D takes only 3.2 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 250 km / h (the regular P85 has a limit of 210 km / h). The power reserve is increased to 443 km.
Regardless of the version, the length of the Tesla S is 4,976 mm, the width is 1,963 mm, and the height is 1,435 mm. The wheelbase of the car is 2,959 millimeters. When loaded, the basic modification weighs 2,108 kg, but the older versions will be heavier.
The interior of the car is quite spacious, while the volume of the trunk (an impressive 900 liters) has not suffered either. There are five seats in total, but two additional child seats can be installed in the luggage compartment. And at the beginning of 2015, the manufacturer as an option (for $ 2,400) proposed replacing the rear sofa with two more comfortable separate chairs with a heating function and a wide armrest between them.
The equipment of the Tesla Model S is at a very high level. For example, in terms of safety, the car boasts a durable aluminum body, additionally reinforced in key areas, side airbags for the driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags, front airbags for the driver’s head and knees, as well as the presence of an ABS system, a battery disconnect sensor when collision and so on.
The interior of the car is trimmed with leather. The seats are comfortable and heated. The salon received a “smart” lighting system, a powerful audio system and a huge 17-inch color touch screen, providing the driver with a lot of useful information.
Of the other features of the Tesla Model S, the semi-autonomous control system deserves mention, thanks to which the car can independently move along the lane set by the driver, controlling the operation of the accelerator and brakes.
To assess the situation on the road, the electronics use data from a forward-looking camera and from an ultrasonic radar that scans the area around the electric vehicle.
Tesla Model S is not a budget electric car. The cost of the car starts at $ 58,570 and goes up to $ 106,900, and the price tag of the top-end version of the P85D is $ 120,170. RUB 592,000