Tesla Model S gets Consumer Reports’ top score

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Posted May 10, 2013

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The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine’s automotive testing.

The Model S, which starts at $62,400 after a federal tax credit, scored 99 points on a scale of 100 in the magazine’s battery of tests.

“It accelerates, handles and brakes like a sports car. It has the ride and quietness of a luxury car and is far more energy-efficient than the best hybrid cars,” Jake Fisher, the magazine’s director of automotive testing, said Thursday in a statement.

In this June 22, 2012 file photo, Tesla workers cheer on the first Tesla Model S cars sold during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine's automotive testing on Thursday, May 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-05-tesla-consumer-score.html#jCp

In this June 22, 2012 file photo, Tesla workers cheer on the first Tesla Model S cars sold during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine’s automotive testing on Thursday, May 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-05-tesla-consumer-score.html#jCp

The magazine tested a Model S that cost $89,650 and was equipped with an 85 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that’s larger than the standard battery. The car went from zero to 60 mph (100 kph) in only 5.6 seconds. The magazine said it handled like a Porsche sports car, yet it was the quietest car it had tested since the Lexus LS. The interior, the magazine said, was beautifully crafted and reminded testers of an Audi.

Consumer Reports found that the Model S had a range of about 180 miles (290 kilometers) on cold winter days and 225 miles (362 kilometers) in moderate temperatures, far higher than other pure electric cars that go 75 or 80 miles (120 or 130 kilometers) on a single charge. Tesla says the 85 kwh battery-car can go 300 miles (480 kilometers) at 55 mph (88 kph).

Read more at: Phys.org



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