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Future Electric Cars: Is the Tesla Model S Really Worth It?

Updated on August 1, 2010
Tesla Model S Electric Car
Tesla Model S Electric Car

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?

Tesla Model S Electric Car
Tesla Model S Electric Car
Tesla Model S Electric Car
Tesla Model S Electric Car
Tesla Model S Electric Car
Tesla Model S Electric Car

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      batterry 4 years ago

      What is the life time expectancy of Tesla battery and what is the cost of replacing one? Can anyone provide actual data about Tesla model S? Tesla does not provide any kind of written warranty for this important item that would be VERY costly to replace.

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      pacecharging 4 years ago from New England

      There's been a lot of interesting news on the Model S lately in regards to the vehicles performance and a particular NY Time writer / test driver.

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      lime light power 5 years ago from NY NY

      Model S is out finally... haven't seen one on the road, but I have seen them popping up on Ebay motors. Also, won motor trend car of the year 2012. Lets see what happens with the real world reviews when they finally start coming out.

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      Salamander 5 years ago

      I would not only buy the car, buy the stock with it. Tesla is at the forefront of electric cars. Sometimes the big companies are so farsighted they don't see what's right in front of them. GM said electric cars are at least 10 years away, then Tesla Roadster came out 1 year after that statement. Mercedes owns almost 10% shares in Tesla. I think they know better. Count me in!

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      Steve 5 years ago

      I have been inside of one. Once you get inside, you will see why its price tag is as much as an E Class Benz or a 5-series BMW. The interior is far better than both. Not to mention Tesla has been making electric cars for over a decade. I think they know what they are doing. Not to mention both Mercedes and BMW might end up buying batteries from Tesla

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      Vladimir 5 years ago

      It's too expensive!!! For these money i'd better buy bmw! I think the prices are 10-15 000 higher that it should be...

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      bill 6 years ago

      lausebill is great!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Richard Craig 7 years ago from West Midlands, England

      I don't think electric cars will peak for a few more years yet. I would rather buy a brand such as Mercedes. They know what they're doing.

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      G L Strout 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      It looks like the answer for a family commuting sedan. Economical to operate and practically maintenance free. They recommend service onec a year or every 12,000 miles.

      My only problem is I still have to talk ny wife into it!

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      logic,commonsense 7 years ago

      Fun Hub! It probably is the future however!