Video: Tesla Model S Compared to Ford Model T – “Both Were Game Changers”

MAR 10 2014 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 17

One hundred years ago, the Ford Model T revolutionized transportation.

Model T and Model S Side by Side

Model T and Model S Side by Side

In 2012, the Tesla Model S revolutionized transportation.

Separated by 100 years, the Model T and Model S couldn’t be more different, but what both vehicles have in common is that they were “game changers in the world of personal transportation,” according to Digital Trends.

In this video, Digital Trends compares and contrasts two of the most revolutionary vehicles to have ever graced our roads.

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One more similarity, The automobile association at that time try to shutdown Ford for producing model T because the have patented all transportation than can be call a car, pushing the corrupt politicians until the supreme court decided in favor of Ford Motors the right to produce the car without paying the automobile association royalties for each car produced. Tesla face the same problems, the dealer association and the corrupt politicians are pushing to shut down and ban sales in some states “Texas among others”. I think this will end in the supreme court too, the decision will support the right of free market in America and the right of Tesla to sell to customers without the middle man.

I think the Model S is more like the early Benz cars.

The Model T wasn’t particularly mechanically innovative. That innovation belonged to the inventors of the automobile in the two decades prior. It was an innovation in production.

When you consider the gigafactory, I think the Model E will be a much closer analogue to the Model T.

Well said. I completely agree, especially on the gigafactory.

Good point about the giga-factory.. Mass production is what made the Model-T revolutionary, not the car itself.

However, one might be able to say the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt deserve as much credit for this. They were the first mass-produced electric cars of the modern era.

Yeah, but they didn’t have clear benefits over the incumbent technology, like the Model S room and acceleration vs its rivals, or a Benz vs the horse.

The LEAF and Volt certainly had the opportunity to be the Model T of our time, but they fell short. Their designers didn’t take advantage of all the things EVs have to offer.

Well, the Leaf and Volt both cost much less to fuel than gas cars.

“Yeah, but they didn’t have clear benefits over the incumbent technology, like the Model S room and acceleration vs its rivals, or a Benz vs the horse.” It depends on what benefit your talking about. The only metric my Leaf falls short on is range, and I would argue that for a large segment of the current market, that’s not a problem. The Model S has a larger range, but at much higher cost. The Model S is a fabulous car, but hardly mass market. We have yet to see the car from Tesla that would be a more direct comparison with the Ford Model T. That’s supposed to be what the Model E is. “The LEAF and Volt certainly had the opportunity to be the Model T of our time, but they fell short. Their designers didn’t take advantage of all the things EVs have to offer.” Again, it depends on what you want to pay for. We’ll know that EV’s have truly arrived not when the wealthy are driving them, but when most middle class working folks are, as was the case with the Model T. The Leaf, Volt, and Model E begin to usher in that era.

And the Gigafactory will be much more revolutionary than the Model S. The Model S is just a very nicely designed EV but doesn’t really have many advances in it that cause a revolution. But a Gigafactory that pushes battery prices down 30% could be revolutionary since it could allow EVs with long ranges to be affordable to the average car buyer. Now THAT would really be revolutionary.

The GFactory will be to batteries what River Rouge was to Ford cars

Ironically the two cars I own are a 2011 LEAF and a 1911 Model T.

My Model T looks nearly identical to the one in the video, except it is right hand drive and has the mother-in-law seat back (3-seater). And I have the engine covers that are missing on this one.

Mine, like the one in the video, also has a non-standard paint job, white with a red pin stripe. As many know, every Model T was black off the production line.

Cool!

It would be cruel to not share some pictures, though…

That’s awesome! Yes, pics of your T would be wonderful to view. 🙂

It has been in storage for years. It hasn’t made the move to Texas with me yet. I don’t have any digital pictures, but let me see if I can dig up an old picture and scan it.

That would be great Josh, thanks!!!

You could order the Model T in any color you liked. As long as it was black.

I want an electric Ford model T soooo bad. 🙁

LOL

Like comparing the Model T to the space shuttle.

BOTH had wheels and transported humans.