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Driving the 2012 Tesla Model S – Wide Open Throttle Episode 22

On this episode of Wide Open Throttle, Jessi Lang reports from the Tesla facility on the day of the long-awaited rollout of the Model S, the world’s first pr…

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  1. The tesla model S has a 5 star crash safety rating in front, side and roll over tests and apparently damaged the crash test apparatus from its impact. I’m not really sure how well it’ll do in winter, but my understanding is that the battery and motor are liquid cooled and heated, so that shouldn’t be too much of a problem, there’s a really useful crash test video set here for the collision ability.

  2. I’ve heard rumors that by 2015, Tesla hope to have a model that’s around $20k-30k, which is about what you’d expect for a modern car, anyway.

    The Model S and Roadster are tuned on the more performance-y side of things. All they need to do is put a smaller motor in the cheaper models, go a bit cheap on the suspension and trim, and they could drive the price way down really easily.

  3. Yeah, not only footballers, but also others who can afford to buy it. I would have certainly bought it, if I could afford it. And just like me, there are many others who want to buy it but can’t afford to buy. Hopefully Tesla will succeed in bringing out cheaper models in the future.

  4. Model S earned the best safety rating EVER.
    Rigid battery packs contribute to the structural integrity of the car.
    Great engineering. 

  5. 5:10 to about 5:55 is why all hybrids suck with regen…. Especially braking to a stop from about 40 or 50 mph.

    It’s true. Tesla has fixed this though. Unsung but heavy milestone.

  6. It can’t be worse than sitting on flammable liquid… I think we should support them no matter what, despite it’s shortcomings and they’re young and still growing so, I think we need to keep things in perspective and not ask too much for now.

  7. Unbelievable what Elon Musk has done, knows the technology will catch up in the field of supercapacitors, and battery technology and when it does they’ll already have marketshare and things will dramatically change. I can’t wait.

  8. but if cars are electric the goys wont buy gasoline
    and if they dont buy gasoline they wont proetect israel
    and they will put the niggers in the auto unions out of business

  9. I’m pretty sure it got a perfect safety rating
    Also you can look up on you tube how it performs in the snow just type in Tesla model s winter testing
    also i believe Elon Musk has said it has no problem functioning in cold weather

  10. I absolutely love the car, the styling is superb although it resembles the current Jaguars which is nice. The only think I want to see is how it holds up in the winter states. All that electricity in sub zero weather is a serious concern. Also how well is the crash rating. Siting on a battery when the car folds upon impact is something I like to understand.

  11. That will require almost no maintenance at all I would say plus i can assume it’s cheaper to replace the whole electric motor than fixing it. Oh well, only time can tell.

  12. That will require almost no maintenance at all I would say plus i can assume it’s cheaper to replace the whole electric motor than fixing it. Oh well, only time can tell.

  13. That will require almost no maintenance at all I would say plus i can assume it’s cheaper to replace the whole electric motor than fixing it. Oh well, only time can tell.

  14. See what’s happening in Norway, about the same. No taxes on EVs for a couple of years, so it’s about 1/3 the price of competitors.

  15. That’s the Model E, 2016. The Tesla Secret Master Plan was/is: pricey demo car (Roadster); premium sedan with 25% gross margin to establish the company (Model S & X); mass-market car at around $30K to transform public car buying (Model E).

  16. Tesla Roadster, Fisker Karma, DeLorian DMC 12 Electric (which is actually much more sporty than its predecessor), plus any gas powered vehicle could potentially be converted to electric power.

  17. That, at the moment, would be the next-gen Nissan Leaf. Tesla is targeting the more visible premium luxury market first to make the car a flagship like the Mercedes Benz S-class or the BMW M5 and get people’s attention, then working their way down.

  18. Congratulation to Tesla. I’ve been rooting for them, but didn’t believe they could do it. It’s one of those time where I am happy to be wrong.

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