Our sales team were recently paid a visit by Tesla for a ‘ride and drive’ of their Model S and Model X pure electric vehicles and it is fair to say that all were left suitably impressed.
Founded in 2003, Tesla has become one of the main vehicle manufacturer’s responsible for zero-emission cars, with a company mission to ‘accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport’.
Range anxiety is something which Tesla is looking to eradicate by installing its Supercharger network (providing up to 170 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes) at shopping centres and service stations across the UK, with the largest concentration in the south-east, although in theory you should be able to drive from London to Edinburgh just using its Supercharger network.
Currently both vehicles qualify for £0 vehicle excise duty. From April 1st 2017, as part of the changes to vehicle excise duty, cars with a value above £40,000 will pay an additional rate of £310 a year for the next 5 years following the first year.
The Model S is a desirable, premium car that can seat up to seven with performance and technology to boot, making it a tempting proposition compared to a conventionally powered executive saloon.
There’s a choice of 60, 70, 90 and 100 kWh battery outputs, with the P100D offering a range of over 300 miles and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.5 seconds.
It couldn’t be any simpler to drive a Model S: there’s no handbrake or starter button, as sensors detect when you’re sitting in the car and turn it on. All you have to do is slot the column-mounted, gear selector into drive and move off in silence.
We got behind the wheel of the P90D version which included with the Ludicrous Speed upgrade. This can manage 0-60mph in a staggering 3.2sec which is astonishingly impressive for 2.5-tonne, seven-seat SUV.
With seating for up to seven adults, all Model Xs are four-wheel drive, courtesy of a pair of electric motors, one powering the rear wheels and one for the front pair.
The ‘falcon wing’ rear doors allow easier access to the second and third seating rows in the cabin, which are especially handy if you’re in a tight space.
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