Tesla Model S w/75 kWh battery on board up for a

Tesla Model S w/75 kWh battery on board up for a "Car of the Year" award

The Tesla Model S has chance to grab another Motor Trend Car of the Year (its first win was in 2013), as the 60/75 kWh version was mentioned among other 2017 Car Of The Year Finalists.

Not to be outdone the Chevrolet Bolt EV is also on the short list of eligible finalists, and looks to take home its first award. The 2nd generation Chevy Volt was also considered in the perliminary round (the only other plug-in to be included), but failed to make the final cut.

Results to be announced on November 14.

On the Tesla Model S 60/75:

One of the most liked features in Tesla Model S 60 is its upgradibility from 60 to 75 kWh using over-the-air software update to expand available energy.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Tesla retails the 60 kWh version for $8,500 less than the 75 kWh trim level, despite the S 60 already having larger capacity on board.  As a result owners of the base model Telsa can upgrade to the full 75 kWh capacity at any time - for a cost of $9,000 after the initial point of sale.

"That’s perhaps the biggest reason why the Model S was a finalist this year.

As Frank Markus said, “I’m awed by the upgradibility. Go to sleep with a 60, wake up with a 75.” Kim Reynolds explained further: “The Model S’ entrée to this year’s COTY field was primarily via a whole new doorway to eligibility—its significantly updated software—since what was essentially the same car had won COTY in 2013.”"

Another positive thing noted with the nomination for the Model S was the Autopilot functionality, but only on the freeway.

Read more on Motor Trend's coverage of the Model S 60/75 as a finalist here.


As for the Chevrolet Bolt EV:

Motor Trend a big fan of the 238 miles of range found the Chevrolet Bolt EV...as well as the price-point

Motor Trend a big fan of the 238 miles of range found the Chevrolet Bolt EV...as well as the price-point

Motor Trend likes the driveability of the car, its "roomy" interior for the overall size of vehicle, as well as just the value proposition of the car inside the long range, all-electric segment.

On the flipside, MT doesn't like the corresponding charging infrastructure the all-electric car is attached too, and the "fussy styling details".

"Two numbers—238 and 29,995—define the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The first is the number of miles the EPA has certified the Bolt EV will travel on a full charge. The second is its price, in dollars, after allowing for a $7,500 federal tax rebate. By offering that range, at that price, the Chevy Bolt EV has sent a new benchmark for electric vehicles. “It’s twice the car for half the price of a BMW i3,” guest judge Chris Theodore said."

Read more on Motor Trend's coverage of the Bolt EV as a finalist here.


As a sidenote:  How can the Model S be up for another win is a interesting question, to which Motor Trend explains:

Kim Reynolds explained further: “The Model S’ entrée to this year’s COTY field was primarily via a whole new doorway to eligibility—its significantly updated software—since what was essentially the same car had won COTY in 2013.”

source: Motor Trend