My previous car was a 2001 BMW M3, and I wanted a bigger car, for my family of four,
whose performance could also
exceed that of my M3. This P85 Tesla Model S was the answer.
These pages chronicle our adventures in a high-performance electric car.
= 5189 miles of All-Electric Road Trips:
I charge this car where I sleep 99% of the year.
This graph shows the cumulative history of where I charge.
|Battery Composition|| Li-Ion (7000+ x
|Battery Capacity||85 kWh|
|EPA-rated maximum range||265 miles|
|Weekly "fuel" cost (averaged)||Under $10|
|Typical daily charge schedule||Midnight to 3 am|
|Human time spent per typical refuel||2 seconds conveniently plugging in at home
|Typical daily starting range||240 miles|
|Seats||5 + 2|
|Rear cargo capacity (seats up/down)||26.3/58.1 cubic feet|
|Front cargo capacity ||5.3 cubic feet|
AC induction motor |
- no permanent magnets, no rare-earth metals, no brushes, one moving part
|Transmission||Direct 9.73:1 |
- no gearbox, no clutch, no torque converter
|Power||416 hp (320 kW)|
|0-60 time||4.2 seconds|
|HOV lane access||White sticker exp. 2019|
|Odometer after first year of ownership||15,001 miles|
|Odometer after second year of ownership||31,325 miles|
|Odometer after third year of ownership||45,611 miles|
|Odometer after fourth year of ownership||61,423 miles||
Use this link to order a Model S for a $1000 credit.
Motorward: BMW M5 F10 vs Model S
Autoweek: Dodge Viper vs Model S
Benzinsider: Mercedes Benz E63 AMG vs Model S
Dragtimes: 2014 Corvette Stingray C7 Z51 vs 2013 Model S P85
After Tesla produced the P85D to succeed my P85, its drag racing exhibition began:
Ferrari 575M Maranello vs 2014 Model S P85D
MotorTrend: Ferrari 458 Italia vs 2015 Model S P85D
GT Spirit: Porsche 911 Turbo S vs 2015 Model S P85D
IB Times: Tesla Model S P85D sets world electric car speed record
Watch two women fall in love with a Model S P85D
Car & Driver: Model S P85D makes everything a projectile - with slo-mo!
Road and Track Review
Consumer Reports Review
Consumer Reports Top Picks 2014: Model S wins "Best Overall"
For those with a healthy sense of humor: The Magical Space Car
Globe and Mail: Tesla Model S is like a rocket to the future
Car Magazine UK: 5 reasons why the Tesla Model S changes everything
Consumer Reports: Tesla Earns Highest Satisfaction Rating of All Cars in 2014 Survey
Consumer Reports Top Picks 2015:
Model S wins "Best Overall" second year in a row
Jalopnik Reviews the Tesla Model S P85D:
"The Model S is unlike anything I've ever driven and the performance is like nothing else I've ever felt.
Not just the speed, but the odd combination of tranquility and violence that really has to be experienced to be understood."
GT Spirit Tesla Model S Long Distance Review:
"My verdict? After 1,000 km of effortless driving through four countries, it was a jolt - literally -
to reluctantly return to the "old" ways of a grumbly modern diesel.
The Tesla's sophistication is unquestionable and now the support infrastructure is joining up fast
so that a cross-Europe trip needs little more planning than hotel bookings you'd make anyway."
Chicago Tribune: The D is like nothing else on the road
"The D can satisfy nearly every desire for an everyday driver: family sedan, sports rocket, all-weather confidence, top safety rating and the most user-friendly interface on the market."
"Tesla is revolutionizing the industry."
"This car makes me feel invincible."
- I couldn't agree more.
The Best Car in the World
"It's the car of the future."
Tesla P85D Broke CR's Rating System
Consumer Reports Talking Cars: Tesla Model S P85D Final Test Results
First Tesla Model S cross-country road trip completed by father-daughter team using only Superchargers
Owner completes cross-country road trip using his 60 kWh Tesla Model S and Superchargers
12,000-mile cross-country road trip in a Tesla Model S completed
Tesla Model S logs 100,000 miles in 21 months, proving the potential durability of Tesla's EVs
I couldn't agree more with
Forum: Finally Something to Hate about the Model S,
I sold my M3:
The Tesla Model S finds itself in good company on
Science Channel's How It's Made: "Dream Cars",
alongside Bugatti Veyron, Alfa Romeo 4C, Superperformance MKIII.
Forbes: Tesla's Secret Formula
Wait But Why: How Tesla Will Change the World
The Guardian: Solar has won. Even if free, coal power stations cannot compete.
Union of Concerned Scientists: How do EVs Compare with Gas-Powered Vehicles? Better every year...
Union of Concerned Scientists:
Over their lifetime, battery electric vehicles produce far less global warming pollution than their gasoline counterparts - and they're getting cleaner.
Addressing the allegation this Model S is "coal-powered", only 0.27% of electrical power generated in California is coal.
The rest is 60% natural gas, 30% renewable, and 9% nuclear, etc., according to
the State of California's Energy Almanac.
My nearest major power station is natural gas,
and I help offset that load with roof-mounted solar panels.
an electric car driver then
test drives a gas car for the first time?
Stop Hurting America
Jay Leno on Tesla:
"We've reached a point where success is jeered."
"Here's a guy who built a car company from scratch and being extremely successful with it.
I think it's wonderful. It's really what America is all about."
"[The Model S] is a brilliant car.... really well-engineered."
Jay Leno and Jim Cramer on Tesla:
"Engineers will save the world"
"I've got [a Model S]. Fantastic car!"
"I don't understand why people attack this car. It is made in America, by Americans."
"Progress is also the secret propellant of stocks .... progress is worth celebrating."
(Reasons why Wall Street Journal's response by Holman Jenkins, Jr,
to Jay Leno words above is wrong)
Racer Jack Baruth writes in
Road & Track on Tesla:
"Americans [should] be as proud of the Tesla Model S as we used to be about the moon landing or about winning the Cold War."
"[Model S] is a towering achievement brought to us by people who really do care about making the future happen in the real world..."
Rally Racer Alex Roy writes in
The Drive on Tesla:
"Tesla has made the American automotive industry great again, and for that every American should all be proud."
"Pick up a Tesla right now, and you are buying the most technologically advanced car on the road."
"... early Tesla adopters weren't fools. Pioneers, if not heroes. Without them the Model S wouldn't be as brilliant as it is today."
"This is not a right or left issue. I know as many liberals who own Teslas as I do conservatives. Energy independence is an American issue."
Dean E. Dauger holds a Ph. D. in physics from UCLA, where his group
created the first Mac cluster in 1998. Dr. Dauger is the award-winning
author in multiple American Institute of Physics' Software Contests and
co-authored the original, award-winning Kai's Power Tools
image-processing package for Adobe Photoshop.
After founding his company,
Dauger Research, Inc., its debut product,
Pooch, derived from Dr. Dauger's experience using clusters for his
physics research, was soon awarded as "most innovative" by IEEE Cluster
and continues to revolutionize parallel computing and clusters worldwide
with its patented technology.