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Old 01-24-2014, 09:10 AM
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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The Tesla electric vehicle is not only living up the expectations of its owners, but far surpassing those expectations from people who have seen and read about the new technology that this car company continues to put out. It's no wonder why the Model S sold out in the first few months after production, with the U.S as the leading market with about 20,600 units sold through December 2013.

That the company has come this far is no small achievement. But the next phase of Tesla’s growth is going to be exponentially more challenging. Tesla’s ambition isn’t merely to win the title of hottest car in Silicon Valley, it’s to simultaneously become the next Ford Motor and ExxonMobil —to be a profitable, mass-scale manufacturer and fuel distribution network. Not even Henry Ford tried to pull all that off.

In terms of nerd magnetism, nothing on the road compares to the Model S, with the possible exception of the Google (GOOG) Self-Driving Car. (On Highway 101 between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, it’s common to see both.) There’s the novelty of the electric drivetrain, and the 17-inch touchscreen lets the driver pull up massive, full-screen maps or open the sunroof with a finger swipe. The car alerts drivers when they’re near a charging station and can be programmed to recharge at home during cheaper, off-peak hours. The outside handles retract flush into the door when not in use. And, like any hot gadget these days, the car has apps. In an online forum, an owner in Illinois asks for a software update to the remote climate-control system so he can override a timed shutoff and keep his dog cool while going to lunch. Someone else has written an app that pairs Google Glass with a Model S, letting an owner who’s forgotten where he parked see the vehicle on a map while its headlights flash.

Higher-end versions of the Model S can go up to 300 miles on a charge, which has helped separate Tesla from rival vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, which run about 75 miles before needing more juice. Musk has hinted that Tesla has a 500-mile battery pack in the works. At the company’s solar-powered Supercharger stations, Tesla owners can replenish about 200 miles of range in 20 minutes for free. (Most electric cars take hours to recharge.) Or customers can opt for the battery swap, which will cost about what they’d pay for a tank of gas, and be back on the road in 90 seconds.

Why Everybody Loves Tesla - Businessweek
And that Tesla is coming out with the Model E sometime in 2015 at a lower base price, it'll be much more affordable for the everyday consumer.

A couple picture links below of the Tesla Model S Exterior and Interior.



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Old 01-24-2014, 09:19 AM
Location: NJ
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due to where I work, I try to get cars that are pretty uninteresting to anyone who may come across them. im driving a '13 forester now and I had an '05 rav4 before that. if I wasn't concerned about that; I would seriously be considering getting a tesla.
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