The Tesla Model S rewrites the rulebook for cars. It's is a different kind of car from a different kind of planet. That planet is Silicon Valley, where this startup automaker is based. The fully electric Model S is a remarkable car that combines performance, agility, styling, high-tech, no emissions and low operating costs. It's one of the best cars we've ever tested.
Tesla makes it relatively painless to switch to this electric car from a more conventional one with its usable range and the ability to charge quickly and often. In our tests the 75D was able to cruise for 235 miles. Charge times for the 75D are about seven hours on a Tesla dedicated wall connector, or 12 hours on a generic 240-volt connector. Public Superchargers are also available for the occasional topping off and, depending on battery charge level, can add 60 miles of range in 30 minutes or so. The cost to charge the battery is about $10 (calculated using the national average electricity cost of 12 cents per kWh).
The Model S rides comfortably, carves corners with precision, accelerates like a catapult, stops on a dime, and glides in a whisper quiet manner. It's no one-trick pony: It's a practical car with two trunks, hatchback versatility and an optional third-row seat. All-wheel-drive is standard.