The Tesla Model S is a phenomenal vehicle in many ways. Only one of those ways is performance. Surely some people purchase the vehicle because it is the first true American electric super-sedan. Others because they want to save the planet and never have to purchase gasoline again. But there are some benefits that people may not have heard about. Here are three awesome ones.
1. Ease of Finding Parking
Visiting a popular venue on a Saturday night in the summer might mean chaos for finding a parking space. Not for the Tesla Model S driver. Many parking garages have electric vehicle-only parking spaces. If the venue is smart, they enforce no parking for gasoline vehicles in these spots so they are almost always empty for the Model S driver.
Not interested in leaving it alone in a parking garage? Valet it! With a small tip many valets will leave the vehicle parked up front for all the world to see (instead of parking it in the garage with the other “riff-raff” BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes).
2. Drive Everywhere for Free (or nearly free)
Tesla is expanding their Supercharger network of free vehicle charging. This means, before long, someone will be able to traverse the entire country without having to pay for a single bit of electricity. Other than wear-and-tear on the vehicle, road trips can be free.
3. Drive a Kick-Ass Sports Sedan
The Tesla Model S is a heavy vehicle, considering it has to lug around thousands of batteries. However, the battery pack is kept low to the road and the electric motor in the Model S Performance version will accelerate the car from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds. It makes 416 horsepower.
In comparison, the Ford Mustang GT with 420hp required 4.3 seconds to hit 60mph in the hands of Motor Trend magazine. That is a proper performance car getting beaten by an all-electric sedan.
The BMW M5 is the pinnacle of 4-door sedan performance and handling from BMW. The last-generation took 4.1 seconds to hit 60 from it’s 500hp motor. The current M5 does it in 3.7, but has 550hp. However, the BMW 550i with a twin-turbo V8 and 445hp (the closest BMW in power and price to the Tesla) requires 5 seconds flat to make the sprint to 60.