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Future Electric Cars: Is the Tesla Model S Really Worth It?
A step away from Tesla's traditional Roadsters, the Model S is the first pure electric Sedan. Not only is is good-looking, the Model S is built for aerodynamics, maximizing efficiency with its door handles that will slide back into the car, air efficient mirrors, slippery shape of the car, its flat floor, which drastically lowers its drag coefficient, and its diffuser which puts air from under the car into the back of the car, helping lower the pressure behind the car. This future electric car, coming in 2012, is revolutionary, the future of auto industry. Its electric power train rests underneath the car, allowing for maximum space above the floor. Though it may not look like it, the Model S can fit 5 full size adults comfortably, plus 2 children with rear facing seats in the back. If you fold down these child seats, the trunk is able to fit a surfboard, 50" TV, and a Mt. bike all at the same time. Pretty good for a family-sized Sedan. But the Tesla is much more than any other family car, and it'll attract much more than simply families. The standard version can go 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and in the sports version, it'll be under 5 seconds. The Model S fully electric car has excellent handling and with one charge, the Tesla Model S can go up to 300 miles. This completely destroys the Volt which will be able to go only 40 miles on one charge before switching to gas. The Nissan Leaf, which comes out later this year will only go 100 miles on one charge. Another plus for the Tesla Model S, is it's amazing 17" touch screen. This replaces GPS, stereo, AC, along with all the other buttons and knobs at the front of the car. With the touch screen, you can continually upgrade so when the next year's models are released, you will also have the upgraded technology.
Now, though the Tesla may be the most innovative car to hit the streets next year, it also comes with a price....a big price. The base price for the Model S is $50,000, a lot for most people. However, if you weigh in the low cost of electricity to power the car, in place of gas, the Model S doesn't seem as expensive.
In my opinion, the Tesla Model S is worth it. It is a giant leap into the future for the auto industry, has 0 emissions and so much more eco-friendly, looks amazing, and has many cool features. The drive to work will be so much more comfortable and actually fun. What do you think? Is the Tesla Model S worth it?