2013 is swiftly drawing to a close and it really is everybody's preferred time of year to do a “greatest of” segment for their preferred news stories, items, celebrity gossip, and so on. The automotive globe is no unique, as each year important cars make their mark on the landscape. For me, the greatest automobile I drove this year was the Tesla Model S.

Prior to I go on, I need to mention this disclaimer. I am a lover of technologies and fascinating ideas. I occur to personal a Chevrolet Volt, so I am not a stranger to the merits and penalties of an electrified drivetrain. In reality if I had the economic signifies to really afford a Model S I would kick gasoline to the curb and drive on electrons for the foreseeable future. Alas I am not wealthy so I need to settle with just a test drive.

Pros:

Completely electric extended-variety driving. The version I drove was the P85 edition which has at the biggest battery presently obtainable. This battery will provide about 300 miles of variety beneath excellent circumstances. Additional than adequate for the typical driver.

Exceptional create top quality and ergonomics. The interior and exterior are effectively place with each other, which is to be anticipated for a mainstream automobile in this cost variety. The interior appears merely incredible with its minimalist style and gigantic touch screen center console. The interior is equivalent in create top quality to the final two BMWs that I have owned.

Size. There is no denying the Model S is a massive car or truck. I personally assume this a advantage due to the fact it is substantially bigger than virtually each other electric car or truck presently on the industry. My Volt is tiny in comparison. Of course the bigger size will appeal to a bigger audience which will broaden its appeal in the marketplace.

Speed. The P85 version is insanely quick. Like a lot more energy than I could possibly ever require quick and given that it is a lot more energy than I could ever require, of course I require it. Even the 60 kilowatt-hour versions will rival the energy and speed of their gas-powered competitors. Cons:

Value. At almost $ 70,000 for the least expensive model, this car or truck by no signifies is low cost. That is a shame as well, given that the a lot more lowly priced electric automobiles obtainable have substantially much less variety. Middle priced purchasers will have to wait for the upcoming Model E.

Tire noise. It is incredible how the lack of drivetrain noise can amplify all the other sounds a car or truck tends to make. I noticed with the summer season tires on the P85 that tire noise was rather pronounced. Particularly the sound of pebbles and other road debris becoming kicked up by the tires and colliding with the wheel wells. I assume a lot more sound deadening would be useful.

Battery degradation. Every single time a lithium-ion battery is charged and discharged it loses some of its capacity. Anyone who has ever owned a cell telephone or laptop is acutely conscious of that reality. Now multiply the size and cost of the battery by thousands and it becomes a genuine concern.

For me the pros far outweigh the cons regarding ownership of the Model S. I can reside with enhanced road noise and battery capacity loss. However what I can not reside with is the insanely higher cost of this automobile (although I want I could). If this automobile is in your cost variety, I would strongly recommend taking a single for a test drive. It is fantastic adequate to turn an electric automobile skeptic into a accurate believer.