I am addicted to performance vehicles, and I am also environmentally conscious. Yes, it’s been a long and tough battle to wage against myself. So you can imagine my relief as I accelerated from 0-60 in less than 5 seconds in a completely silent, all electric vehicle: the tour de force Tesla Model S. As a former Mini Cooper owner (two of them) and one of the first people to buy a Smart Car when it came to California, I am definitely an early adopter.
The Model S does not disappoint. The Tesla Roadster didn’t do it for me, as it is too small for my needs, and I’ve been patiently waiting for the Model S. I was fortunate to be able to join three other friends to ride in the beta prototypes at the former Toyota NUMI factory in Fremont, California. About 1,000 people were invited yesterday, and the event is being duplicated today. The amazing thing is that Tesla is only using maybe 10% of the total plant’s 5 million square feet (please correct me if I am wrong on utilization). According to a Tesla engineer that we spoke with, the current robotic assembly line (also very cool) can produce 20,000 cars per year one on shift– so total current annual capacity is about 40,000 – 50,000 cars. We were told that the cars will start being delivered summer 2012. Let’s hope so! My only disappointment at the event, which definitely had a hip, L.A. feel to it, was not being able to drive the Model S myself, but I understand it’s still in beta.
Not only is it roomy and well appointed (alcantara leather headliners, leather upholstery, superb digital touch screens, great sound system), the Model S is a silent missile. The torque of the electric engine is amazing: click HERE for video link. I’ve been trying to reserve mine online today, but the Tesla site keeps crashing. Guess I’m not the only one who appreciates the breakthrough innovation that Tesla has achieved. Bravo!
For more info on the Model S go to: TESLA