Tesla Model S - Car from the Future

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.

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A 4647-mile round trip through the "American West", including nine western States and many National Parks
using the Tesla Supercharger and Destination networks.

4647 miles

2824-mile Road Trip A 2824-mile round trip into "Indian Country" and many National Parks
using the Tesla Supercharger and Destination networks.

+ 2824 miles

Tesla Harris Ranch A 946-mile round trip from Orange County to San Francisco using the Tesla Supercharger network and the development of a Supercharger Table.

 + 946 miles

Tesla Morro Rock A 450-mile round trip from Orange County to San Luis Obispo using the Buellton Tesla Supercharger.

 + 450 miles

Tesla Santa Barbara A 334-mile round trip from Orange County to Santa Barbara using the Rancho Cucamonga and Oxnard Tesla Superchargers.

 + 334 miles

Tesla Luxor A 635-mile round trip from Orange County to Las Vegas using the Barstow and Primm Tesla Superchargers.

 + 635 miles

Tesla Ice Front A 931-mile winter round trip from Orange County to Grand Canyon Railway using the Tesla Supercharger and Destination networks.

 + 931 miles

Tesla ski slope Where can I go on a single charge?

Tesla frunk cash register Exercising this electric car's cargo capacity.

No Gas I am gas free and rely on this electric car as my primary, daily vehicle.

Tesla plugs in This electric car charges at home, far more convenient than driving to a gas station, over 94% of the year.

Facts no Myths Busting Myths about All-Electric Cars

Tesla Lollipop Why Tesla Disrupts Different

= 10,767 miles of All-Electric Road Trips:

Battery Composition Li-Ion (7000+ x Panasonic 18650)
Battery Capacity85 kWh
EPA-rated maximum range265 miles
Weekly "fuel" cost (averaged)Under $10
Typical daily charge scheduleMidnight to 3 am
Human time spent per typical refuel2 seconds conveniently plugging in at home Tesla Plug In
Typical daily starting range240 miles
Seats5 + 2
Rear cargo capacity (seats up/down)26.3/58.1 cubic feet
Front cargo capacity 5.3 cubic feet
MotorRear-mounted AC induction motor
- no permanent magnets, no rare-earth metals, no brushes, one moving part
TransmissionDirect 9.73:1
- no gearbox, no clutch, no torque converter
Power416 hp (320 kW)
Redline18,000 rpm
0-60 time4.2 seconds
HOV lane accessWhite sticker HOV White Sticker exp. 2019
Odometer after first year of ownership15,001 miles
Odometer after second year of ownership31,325 miles
Odometer after third year of ownership45,611 miles
Odometer after fourth year of ownership61,423 miles
Odometer after fifth year of ownership75,406 miles

Blue Tesla Model S

50000 miles after three years
Reached 50,000 miles, on I-15 crossing the Mojave desert, air conditioning on with 112°F outdoors at 5:51 pm on Father's day.

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I charge this car where I sleep 99% of the year. This graph shows the cumulative history of where I charge. Details


Use this link to order a Model S, 3, or X with 6-months free Supercharging.

Drag Racing

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

P85D Reviews

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."

cArs Technica: "This car makes me feel invincible." - I couldn't agree more.

Gear Patrol: The Best Car in the World
"It's the car of the future."

Consumer Reports: 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, so I sold my M3: 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.

What if 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.

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