Nice Try, Tesla

2011 Tesla Model S

Model S sedan has anticipated base price of $49,900, up to 300-mile range and 45-minute QuickCharge capability

Tesla Model S In Motion – Worldcarfans

An electric car that is, actually, kind of cool?

Here is the Tesla Model S saloon in motion and just listen to that electric, subway-like zipping sound it makes as it scurries away. Who said that electric cars had to sound like a food processor?

And the car has got some moves too, judging by how it turns around and speeds away like that in the video.

Finally, here is an electric car from a small, entrepreneurial company that has a top-notch design to it. Its looks can rival the Maserati Quattroporte.

Tesla Model S Receives 500 Orders in First Week – Worldcarfans

Tesla released the new Model S just last week (March 26) and it has already received 520 orders.

Now, they just have to build the car.

The Tesla Model S is an electric 5+2, 4-door sedan which accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 5.6 seconds and can go 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge. The car sells for $57,400 US dollars (43,400 euros) but comes with a $7,500 dollar (5,670) tax credit from the US government. It can be charged using a 120, 208 or 240 volt electrical outlet, which takes hours, or from an external direct current line in about 45 minutes.

Tesla has been known as the car firm that design and make the electric car that people actually want to buy. They did it with their two seat roadster, and now they did it again with this 4 seat sports saloon.

Here is some of my thought about the this Model S. This is an all electric car, which sounds great, but let’s not forget where the electricity come from, if it is not come from windmill, solar power, wave energy or at least nuclear power station and other green energy source, then it’s no good. Then is the battery technology, it takes hours to charge up with normal 120V or 240V line, the 45 minutes quick charge only works on external direct current line, where to find one of that? What if I want to travel longer than 300 mile continuously? And when people say this car has a subway-like zipping sound, to me it’s more of an annoying electric buzz from a golf cart. There is still a long way to go for electric car to be as practical as the petrol car.

As far as the styling concerns, people say this car can be a rival to the Maserati Quattroporte, and it’s cool. Why? because this car looks just like it. Actually, it looks like a mixture of Maserati Quattroporte, Aston Martin Rapide Concept and Jaguar XF, and i can feel there are Mazda DNA in this car as well, specially the front. The designer must traced all those cars and then layer all the tracing paper together and draw the final shape. I am not saying this is not a good looking car, for an electrical vehicle, this is a giant leap in styling, but for a car in general, too much copying in it. Same story goes to the Fisker KARMA, that one looks like Maserati as well. What I am saying here is, if you want to make an electric car cool, don’t copy the petrol car. If you design something new, why not draw a new shape, draw something different. There should be another kind of cool for electric car, another level of cool, and that is certainly not found in Toyota Prius or Honda Insight, nor is it found in this petrol car looking EV.

But to be on the bright side, the internet response and market respone are very positive. You can tell people are disappointed in Detroit car makers, and they are desperate to save the planet with the only few dollars left in their hand after the economic crises, 57,400 dollars to be exact.


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