Tesla Model S Considered The First True EV Game Changer: Video

FEB 10 2019 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 20

Changing the game over and over again.

It’s the Tesla way.

It began back with the original Tesla Roadster. The car was fairly well-received, but it wasn’t a Tesla throughout. However, at the time, it raised the EV game to new heights.

Then, along came the Tesla Model S though and the world took notice. The Model S represented a shift-change in electric cars. No longer were EVs slow, nor did they only cover short distances between charges. The Model S really shook up the market and, over time, it evolved to become the quickest car on the planet.

Nowadays, the Tesla Model 3 is the talk of the town, but the Model S is still around and it remains the pinnacle of EVs. Seven years after launching, the Model S is still unmatched, which is quite an amazing feat in the automotive world.

This video clip from Redline Reviews reminds us of just how spectacular the Model S was and still is today.

Video description:

Tesla changed the world’s perspective on electric cars with the introduction of the Model S in 2012. This was the first mass-produced EV that could do over 200 miles on a single charge with acceleration that could shame gasoline-powered sports cars.

Over the years, Tesla has continued to make improvements to the Model S in range, performance, technology, and quality and although the current model is due for a significant overhaul, it remains the benchmark electric sedan.

For 2019, Tesla has discontinued the 75D battery pack in this video and made the 100 kWh batteries as standard. The model names: 75D, 100D, P100D have also been discontinued and have been replaced with just Model S, Model S Extended Range, Model S Performance, and Model S Performance with Ludicrous Upgrade. 

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I agree Model S is the vanguard that defined the modern all-electric transport solution (long-range BEV + Supercharging), proven in how it promptly dominated its target submarket. The Roadster was important to prove Tesla could build and sell a working EV, but it’s the Model S proved Tesla had the product formula to disrupt a (sub)market formerly dominated by ICE, fulfilling Tesla’s mission for that (sub)market. The Model 3 is a necessary reiteration of that formula at a larger, lower-priced submarket, starting with the US in 2018, then the rest of the World in 2019. Tesla is out of the danger zone now, and everything after that (Model Y, pickup, semi) is meant to repeat the formula, one target submarket at a time, that the S established.

Yep, no doubt.

It amazes me that in 2019 no car maker has in production an all-electric EV that is as good or better than my 2015 Tesla Model S 90D with AP1 (1st gen autopilot). Even more unbelievable to me is that many of the concept EVs that the traditional car makers say will enter into production 1-3 years from now seem to be inferior to my 2015 Model S… how can that be?

And Tesla has upgraded the Model S considerably since my 2015 Model S. 1-3 years from now I’m certain it will be further yet improved.

Also the Tesla fast charge network for those occasional long distance trips. There today is nothing that matches that Tesla network as it was back in 2015… and today it’s over double that 2015 size and continuing to grow rapidly.

From my perspective it seems the pace of EV innovation by Tesla is much faster than the traditional car makers are able to catch up to.

I often see it written how the traditional car makers will be able to quickly match or surpass Tesla with “Tesla killers” but where is the evidence of that?

Not only that, but the Audi eTron, not stocking dealers for customers to see?
That’s a sales Failure model.

Too true. There are those incumbents (Audi) who actually give a complement to Tesla, so thank you Audi. Then there are those incumbents (Porsche) who refuse to admit they can’t keep up with Tesla and tout irrelevant metrics like Nürburgring (I will never drive a car I own on the Nürburgring) or miles per 24 hours (I’ll never voluntarily drive 24 hours straight) or vaporware (no map of Porsche’s future 800V chargers covers the 10,767 in Supercharger road trips I’ve already done). My Porsche-club father-in-law tries to push me to buy a Taycan, and I have to point out such reasons to say the Model S is far more practical and therefore valuable to me. The Taycan is a trophy car like the i8 and little more. The incumbents lack of a comparable BEV is astonishing especially because Tesla opened its patents in 2014 and they could’ve reverse engineered Tesla’s complete all-electric mobility solution (long-range BEV + Supercharging) back in 2013, six years ago! They didn’t even “copy” Tesla. It’s as if they don’t really want to try. The difference between what incumbents could’ve done and what they have done is what we mean by “they’re late!”.

They have a ten year head start, that’s why. It will take another ten years for legacy to get close to Tesla technology.

The 300,000th Tesla Model S will be delivered in 2019.

Roadster was a game changer – it redefined BEV performance.
Model S was a game changer – first BEV to beat “real” cars in the market.
Model 3 is a game changer – first (semi) affordable BEV.

They each changed a different game.

Model X is a game changer – first overall BEST BEV on the road.

Wall Street Journal just published a story that it took a new Tesla owner THREE MONTHS to get a replacement bumper after a collision! What good is a car that has this kind of “customer service”? How awful.

Statistical outlier. Fake News for most people.
Even the WSJ is just a click-bait site now.

If you crash so much that this is something you worry about then maybe you shouldn’t be driving at all lol.

Stop at “Wall Street Journal”: there’s your problem.
Tesla competed some bumper work for me last week.

I had a broken handle on my Model S fixed within 24 hours of notifying Tesla. I left my car on the driveway and the mobile technician accessed and fixed my car when I wasn’t even home. How about that for customer service??

Brands I’ve owned before Tesla: Kia, Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, and Subaru. Guess how many came to my house and fixed my broken vehicle while I was gone? Does that dismiss your example? No. Does your example dismiss mine? No.

Here’s my point, you can find negative customer service examples with ANY company. Question is, what’s your alternative?

Diagnosed need for and completed strut replacement in one week free for my CPO 2016 Model X P90D.

How long does it take to charge on a home 40 amp circuit?
A dryer circuit? What is that 12 amps?

Regular outlets are 120v, 12 amps, you charge at 3-4 miles of range added per hour. You can figure charging rate basically linearly by using the wattage = amps * v. 120v*12 = 1.44 kilo watts. 1.44 kw is 4 miles of range added per hour of charging. My dryer is 40amps, 200v. 40 amps * 200 v = 8 kw. 8 / 1.44 * 4 miles of range per hour is 22 miles of range added per hour of charging. Low power (like 120v regular outlets) chargers won’t work if you drive 200 miles and only have 5 minutes to charge at home. But if you leave your car charging overnight and don’t usually drive that far, you can get away without higher power charging, like I have. I only have 120v charging, but most mornings I start at a full tank of electricity because I’m not driving 200 miles a day. When I do drive that far I can use my local supercharger (or public chargers, and I’ve even used my dryer outlet with an adapter.

What brand dryer do you have? – also the model number if you have it. I have NEVER seen any residential dryer in North America draw more than 6 kw. It would draw about 4800 watts on a 200 volt circuit, and this is the LARGEST dryer I’ve seen.

But more to the point of the charging, – in my cold area of the US I’d question the 102 MPGe in real life as the battery heater would have to run an unbelievable amount for 1/4 of the year. Yes its a short time, yet the drain in the “S” – (and then you can add the vampire drain on top of that), effectively means that the car – WHERE I LIVE – will use far more electricity than expected.

My Roadster used a fair amount of extra electricity but that pales in comparison to what an “S” would use.

My 2016 Model S charges at 9.6 kW (40 A x 240 V) with the charger that was supplied with the vehicle. This corresponds to about 27 miles/hour because the car travels about 3 miles per kWh. Typically this means it takes about 2-3 hours to charge while I’m sleeping since I drive about 50-80 miles per day.

I question the starting price: He must have looked up the Pseudo price “With Incentives and Fuel Savings” that Tesla lists – but then on their website it is quite easy to get the real price ==>> $85,000 (plus delivery) for a Black S with Black interior. – You have to pay much more if you want something else – or anything more than a bare bones black interior. Since I have yet to see a Black on Black “S” in person – I’d assume the vast majority of them include optional extras.

As far as the charging speed at home goes – the only thing I saw on the Charging Estimator was about 34-35 miles per hour of home charging when at the maximum 11.5 kw. This of course, requires an optional wallbox, which some homeowners no doubt already have.