Great news for eco-friendly motorists; Tesla recently announced that Model S owners have driven over one billion miles in their electric luxury sedans. This means that Tesla Model S owners took trips worth more than 1.609 billion kilometers, marking one heck of an accomplishment for the greem car company.
This, put in perspective means that this amount of ground covered equals 4,186 trips to the Moon or 570,000 tons of Co2 emissions that usual, petrol or diesel powered vehicles would generate. While the number of Tesla Model S units on the roads today is within a fraction of what the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars present currently, it still has a great impact on the environment – together with positive net sales making for more of these vehicles hitting the roads today.
The Tesla Model S is a full-sized plug-in electric five-door, luxury liftback, produced by Tesla Motors. Since its introduction in June 2012 it has achieved rapidly growing sales, particularly in Norway and California. It scored a perfect 5.0 NHTSA automobile safety rating (NHTSA Tesla Model S Crash Test Video 1, Video 2, Video 3) and similar rating in Euro NCAP test (Euro NCAP Tesla Model S Crash Test Video). The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official range for the Model S Performance model equipped with an 85 kWh battery pack is 265 miles (426 km), topping the Tesla Roadster to lead the electric car market. With software updates, Tesla now claims 270 miles (435 km) range for the 85 kWh model. For the geeky oriented readers, EPA rates Model S energy consumption at 237.5 Wh per kilometer (38 kWh/100 mi) for a combined fuel economy of 89 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (2.64 L/100 km).
Recently, Tesla Motors revamped their model lineup and introduced several new model upgrades, allowing for Tesla Model S owners to choose from an all-wheel drive Tesla Model S 70D and P85D, with the price varying from $75,000 to 105,000, plus options.