The Tesla Model S rewrites the rulebook for cars, as it's a different kind of car from a different kind of company, a Silicon Valley startup. 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 an electric car from a more conventional one with its usable range and the ability to charge quickly and often. In our tests of the 75D it was able to cruise for 235 miles. Currently, Tesla offers the car as a 100D, denoting a 100 kWh battery that has a rated range of 335 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. Charging the bigger battery takes longer. Public Superchargers are also available for the occasional topping off that, depending on battery charge level, can add 60 miles of range in 30 minutes or so. That's a significant (and exclusive) benefit for Tesla owners.
The Model S rides comfortably, carves corners with precision, accelerates like a catapult, stops on a dime, and glides in a whisper quiet manner. But it's no one-trick pony, since it's also a practical car with two trunks and hatchback versatility. All-wheel-drive is standard.