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.
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?