Video: Tesla Model S is a “Dream to Drive”


What’s the Tesla Model S like to drive?  In one word, it’s a “dream,” according TheStreet’s Chris Ciaccia.

Tesla Model S a Dream to Drive

Tesla Model S a Dream to Drive

As Ciaccia says, the Model S has infatuated the world and it’s the vehicle that’s taking the electric car mainstream.

Now, there’s no way that the Model S could take electrics mainstream if it wasn’t a spectacular automobile.

But what’s truly amazing to us is that startup Tesla—not the big dogs like General Motors or Ford or Nissan—is leading the mainstream charge.

You see, the Model S is so darn good it sells itself and for those who’ve been behind the wheel, there’s simply no electric match for the Model S.

What makes the Model S so extraordinary is that it’s not only a standout in the electric class…it’s a standout even when compared to the best ICErs out there.

Being a “dream to drive” is what makes the Model S special. Being electric is an added bonus.

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3 responses to "Video: Tesla Model S is a “Dream to Drive”"
  1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    $70k+ is not quite mainstream, but it’s certainly whetting appetites for a mainstream version with at least 40 usable kWh in the $40k range..

    1. kdawg says:

      It’s a “dream to drive” because until Gen 3 comes out, that’s all it will be to most.. a dream.

  2. Alok says:

    Interesting situation in Europe: let’s compare a Model S with a 35 mpg car.

    Cost per mile:
    Model S: €0.04 electricity + €0.02 maintenance = €0.06 total
    Gas car: €0.18* gasoline + €0.04 maintenance = €0.22 total
    (*about $8.5/gal gasoline – that’s €6.4/gal, €0.18/mile)
    Savings per mile: €0.16.
    Savings after 400,000 miles: €64,000.

    A Model S 85 costs about €80,000.
    So, its TCO, after 400,000 miles, would be the same as that of a 35 mpg car that costs 80,000-64,000= €16,000.
    (I think we can assume that the cost for financing the extra €64,000 would be compensated by the growing cost of gasoline, even just at average inflation rates)

    Therefore, in Europe, Model S should not be compared, cost-wise, to €70,000 gasoline cars, but only to cars of much lower size and level.
    The savings are not as dramatic if compared to CNG cars or hybrids. But still, you can only compare Model S with cars of a much lower level, even in those cases.

    Those savings didn’t include free electricity from Superchargers, nor any subsidies!
    And 400,000 miles is certainly not much for an S 85 (1,500 cycles or so).
    I knew Model S was a bargain (ah ah), but I just found out how big a bargain!

    So people here in Europe should cross shop Model S 85 and what? Series 3 BMW?
    What about US?