We’re Ready – Bring On the Used Tesla Model S!

2012 Tesla Model S

It’s only just begun official deliveries to customers, but the Tesla Model S already looks like it’ll be the greatest electric car to ever hit the market. To get the one with the largest range, though, customers are looking at a price tag of a little over $100K.

The Model S with the 265-mile driving range costs $105,400, which puts it in the same league as the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG and Porsche Panamera. Incredibly, the electric Tesla puts up performance numbers that rival those of the fossil-fuel-powered German hot shots. Zero-to-60 times hover between 3.5 and 3.9 seconds, horsepower ranges between 415 and 550, and 60-0 braking distances happen between 105 and 113 feet.

The Model S could be the car that ushers in the acceptance of EVs in the Unites States. Especially when it starts to hit the used market!

Late last month, news surfaced that Tesla could increase production of the Model S to 30,000 units per year, helping to meet demand and satisfy its nearly year-long waiting list. It’s perfectly reasonable to assume that a vibrant used market for the Model S will develop in the coming years, and the CarGurus used listings will be an ideal place to keep an eye out for good deals.

2012 Tesla Model S, rear

All indications so far point to the fact that the Model S will live up to expectations of a long driving range, a comfortable interior and a sports-car performance experience. In fact, Motor Trend recently took the car on a 233-mile drive through Southern California traffic on a single charge, using the equivalent of 2.3 gallons of gasoline. Yes, the Model S looks like the first 100-mpg-e super sedan.

With plans for a crossover and a smaller sedan to arrive in the coming years, Tesla appears to be on track to accomplish something the large domestic automakers haven’t been able to: bring electric cars to the mainstream. Once depreciation on the Model S sets in, the demand for used Teslas should explode while new production continues to grow. That’s a recipe for a genuine mass-market automaker.

When they are more affordable, would you consider a used Tesla Model S over its gas-powered German competition?


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  1. Since the key to the Tesla’s range is a battery pack that costs more by itself than a Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf or even two Toyota Prius’, that would imply that Ford, Toyota, Nissan or just about anyone else CAN produce a 230 mile range EV. They’re just smart enough to realize they can’t turn a profit on it.

  2. I think the point is that that Tesla will bring the EV to mainstream eventually… not with a $100K car but with cheaper versions of it, future models and the used market. When Ford or Toyota can come out with a 250-mile range EV I think consumers will be better able to adapt to them.

  3. Gosh, I wish you guys would read your own stuff. “bring electric cars to the mainstream.” Just what mainstream is buying $100,000 sedans? I live in a neighborhood dominated by big lakes, and we have quite a few multi-million dollar homes around. Yes, I see a lot of escalades, there’s one Bentley, lots of nice classic cars and some posh Jags and Lexus, but the number of $100,000 cars I see on the road is virtually zero.
    The real action for electric cars will arrive as those Leafs, Ford and Toyota electrics come into the local market. (which will take a while since manufacturers are concentrating on the coasts with initial production. ) Ranges of 30-70 miles are more than enough for errands and short city trips, which comprise the majority of trips for most drives. The electric car with gasoline car range is a fetish promoted by automotive writers who are clueless about real cars and how real consumers use them.

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