Tesla Model S 60-kW-h Version Rated at 94/97 MPGe, Goes 208 Miles - WOT on Motor Trend

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    The EPA has released official ratings for the mid-range Tesla Model S with the 60-kw-h battery, which scores a rating of 94/97 mpge city/highway, and 95 mpge combined. In addition, the government agency has rated the mid-level battery pack’s range at 208 miles. Although the 60-kW-h battery provides less range than the 85-kW-h unit, found in our 2013 Car of the Year, the mid-range model uses less energy[​IMG] to travel 100 miles.


     
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    Which makes it sound like there won't be much if any real world difference with the performance option, I rarely need much faster 6 seconds to 60:(

    Tesla Model S 60-kWh Version: EPA Range Rated At 208 Miles




    Range also seems quite good for the 60 kwh pack. I can't imagine many situations where 265 is enough but 200 isn't, but that may require more quick charges on a tesla road trip.

    Not much time to get your deposit down before the price goes up.
     
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    I really was very happy to see the efficiency boost.
    It is quite likely will be getting the 60kWh pack as our second car when our current lease is up, although there is a chance we will go for the 40, have to see what it comes in at.
     
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    The 40kWh pack cannot use Tesla's supercharging stations. And the 60kWh pack is not free, $2k option.
     
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    Austin --> Dallas is on the edge. If they put a quick charge station at Hillsboro we should be good though.

    Austin --> Hillsboro --> Dallas + 50 miles local --> Hillsboro --> Austin.
     
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    Tomorrow I'd going to DC from Sanford NC in my Prius V with one passenger in 45 degree weather. I won't stop except at a rest stop for 5 minutes. Then I'll be around and about the suburbs of DC for 3 days and drive back. Could I do that trip with the Tesla? Theoretically yes, piratically no.

    I have no range anxiety because I can fuel every 15 miles of so and there is competition (well a little bit) for our fuel dollar. I don't have to worry about finding a plug in station or someone else using it and me having to wait even if they are only using it for a half hour. I don't have to choose a hotel/motel based on the availability of overnight charging. Big difference than having 6 gas pumps to choose from at every exit.
     
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    Absolutely, that is the one trip that 208 miles aer is quite iffy. I would love to know what the S does at Texas highway speed in 100 degree heat with air conditioning. I'm sure with the ev fudge factor it could make it on a moderate day. Hopefully there will be quick chargers in between austin and dallas in the next few years.

    I haven't had to drive to dallas for a couple of years. It be worth it to rent a car if it stays that infrequent. The range is enough for San Antonio and Houston.

    At least for my use the 60 kwh pack is the sweet spot more my drives.
     
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    0 MPGe since it went in circle. :) He almost hit the rock in the back.
     
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    You are thinking too linearly! ;)
     
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    i think for longer trips, much better to rent a car or use other car... If I could get Tesla for these prices, i would get it... and for those 10 times a year i need longer range, i would somehow adapt... although renting is a bit crap when you have excellent car in the garage that you paid a lot of money for.
     
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    tesla is a good second car option.. no way.. no how is it a primary car due to range issues.
     
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    You forgot to include, "for me" at the end of that sentence ;)
     
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    Yeah - my in laws are at 150 and my 2nd home is 140-160 (depending on route). I think the real issue is how long does a 120V charge take - and how long do I have to spend at the in laws.....
     
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    Maybe people should rethink the difference between primary and secondary cars. Maybe the primary car should be the day in and day out car and the secondary car be the long range car.
     
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    Last spring, Tesla Motors speculated in a blog post that “it could even be possible” to drive a Model S more than 400 miles on a single charge and offered an unspecified prize for the first person to do so. Last weekend, the challenge was met by a father-and-son team in Florida.
     
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    Or is the public charging station near a bar with a big screen .... "Honey, I'm going to go fill up the car, I'll be back in a few hours to pick you up."

    A 4 hour NFL football game at 32 miles per hour is 120 miles. :)
     
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    EVs are not perfect for everything or every trip. And that's the tradeoff...do you want a car that is perfect for 95% of your driving and then you have to have a 2nd car, or borrow or rent something for a trip like yours. For me, it's a non-issue. I kept my Prius, we have a Highlander Hybrid and I have my Tesla.

    In 2 years the trip you mention will be no problem for the Model S. There will be a supercharger along that route you'll drive half-way or so, plug in for 30-45 min while you enjoy a cuppa joe and flirt with the waitress and then you'll be on your way. There are a plethora of chargers in the DC area and I suspect there'll be a supercharger there too. so upon arrival you top up, do your local driving, top up quickly overnight before heading home, grab a small charge again on the way back and then you're home.

    The "problems" you mention are real, but they won't be fixed until there's a demand and demand is created by the presence of more EVs and owners demanding it. I'm happy to do that and am fortunate to be able to do so financially. But that trail must be blazed by those willing to do so rather than to make excuses about why it's not practical.
     
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