Whatuses your foot to start, gets to 60mph in 4.2 seconds and requires no gas to get around? This should be an easy one... The Tesla Model S. Tesla Motors expands its promise by adding additional Model S Supercharging stations in Florida. A sedan from a California based company keeping promises and changing the way we think about automotive travel. I don’t need to get into the many awards and praises received from not only journalist worldwide, but owners as well. Being the world’s first mass produced electric vehicle, the Model S catches the eye of many. Being the second model from Tesla Motors, the Model S is the world’s first premium sedan constructed from the ground up as an electric vehicle and has been engineered to elevate the public’s expectations of what a premium sedan can be. Get the idea? At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, improved from the Tesla Roadster. The powertrain was developed to deliver both exceptional range and a thrilling driving experience. The Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world’s best sports cars and at the same time providing ride quality of a luxury performance sedan. The company started back in 2003 with a concept, seen impossible by most to re-think what is not just possible, but environmentally friendly. As compared with combustion engines, one of the challenges the Model S faced was range. Sitting beneath the floorboard for a lower center of gravity, Tesla Motors developed the most energy-dense battery pack in the industry with best-inclass aerodynamics for a sedan. Giving the Model S an EPA rated range of 265-miles—the longest range of any production electric vehicle in the world; producing an impressive 443 pound-feet of instant torque, propelling the Model S Performance to 60 in as little as 4.2 seconds, with the base model getting to 60 in 5.4 seconds. If you have been using a cell phone in the past 5 years, you can drive this car. The touch screen is very large coming in at 17 inches; the menus are easy to see and provides lot of details about vehicle features and operations. Tesla Motors continues to deliver with the launch of two more new Model S Supercharger stations on the southwest coast of Florida. Tesla invited local Model S owners to the grand opening, providing food, vehicle charging, updates and informative details. One of the new Supercharging stations located at the Gulf Coast Town Center Mall in Fort Myers, the other in Port St. Lucie, not too far from a wonderful golf course. All are very close to many amenities to make either your visit or daily travels a breeze. The other Supercharger stations are located in Miami, Tampa, Daytona Beach, and Orlando.
These Supercharger stations allow Model S owners to travel free of charge in the state of Florida and soon from state to state as Tesla installs more Supercharger stations throughout the country. All stations are located near many convenient amenities; being strategically placed to permit owners the ability to drive from station to station with minimal stops. The Supercharger stations are substantially more powerful than any technology to date, providing up to 120 kilowatts of power. This will allow Model S owners to charge their vehicles in 20 minutes to half capacity or about 150 miles of range. Tesla fast-charging stations will be about 100 to 120 miles apart. Located within major metropolitan areas and Tesla Motors aim is to have more of these stations on a national level within the next few years. What does this mean? For one you can use your Model S for more long distance designations without staying close to home for recharging. Second, owners now have the ability to use it for daily commuting in their local community. Drive to a location, do some shopping and before you’re done your vehicle has added range. It cost you nothing to drive it! No gas, no oil changes and tons of space. It’s just an amazing car… At the time of this article, Tesla demonstrated a “quick battery change” option. This option allows a Model S owner to pull up to a designated location and receive a complete battery change in less than 2 minutes. This demo was to indicate the capabilities and ease of use of the Tesla Model S. As battery technology gets better, it may be possible to provide current owners a higher capacity battery for increased range. The same as what you would do to increase the talk time on your cell phone. Later this year Tesla Motors will be promoting a pre-release of the Model X. The Model X is an all-wheel drive family crossover completely designed for the SUV segment. Expected to have the same range as the Model S, but at a much more competitive price this SUV is designed with what Tesla calls “Falcon” doors for rear passenger entry and exit and seats 7 adults with the capacity to hold a full assortment of luggage or groceries. Anticipated to have the same range and responsiveness as the Model S and acceleration under 5 seconds, coupled with Supercharging stations makes this the next family SUV. Tesla Motors has come a long way since the Roadster and has shown a commitment to its owners and interested parties. Tesla Motors has taken a concept and has brought it through to completion, by fully understanding and listening to its buyers and common everyday issues. Tesla Motors creates vehicles that are not only luxuriously appointed, roomy and fast but is as easy to use as your cell phone or iPad. And now you can drive around without spending a penny on gas, a truly 21st century forward thinking technology. For most drivers accustomed to hearing exhaust notes, engine revs and conducting fluid changes, this will be a significant change, but once you test this car or the new crossover, it will revolutionize the way you think about automotive travel. The range question has been answered.