The Tesla Model S rewrote the rulebook for cars when it first came out in 2012. 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 conventional one with its robust range and the ability to charge quickly and often. The least expensive version, the Long Range is rated at over 400 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.