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. The standard range has been extended since we last tested a Model S and is now rated at 287. The Long Range version is rated at 373 miles. Charge times 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 which, 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.