What pops into your mind when you think about electric vehicles? Most likely it’s the amount of money you can save without having to purchase gasoline. According to Tesla’s charging estimator, the average cost of driving 100 miles in a traditional car would cost $8.84 in gas, while its electric Model S costs $4.01 to charge. Not bad.
Many people assume that you are giving up power and speed when you drive an electric vehicle. Tesla is proving that line of thinking to be wrong.
What are Tesla’s Model S 0-60 mph times?
What we’re talking about is the 0-60 mph times for the Tesla Model S. The car manufacturer has been working on improving this and has hit a new milestone.
Researchers at Motor Trend recently got the new P100D model to go from 0-60 mph in 2.28 seconds. The researchers said, “The P100D reached 60 mph from a standstill more quickly than any other production vehicle we’ve ever tested, full stop.” No other production car has been able to crack the 2.3-second barrier from 0-60 before.
This breakthrough led to a YouTuber on the Engineering Explained channel to dive into the science behind the super-fast acceleration speed. He said there are three key factors into going from 0-60 mph in under three seconds:
- Power – This Telsa has an electric motor that achieves a combined 680 horsepower and 791 pound-feet of torque
- AWD all wheel drive – The vehicle’s power is distributed to all four wheels in its all wheel drive system
If you really want the techy details, watch the video that follows, it goes in-depth on how the Tesla accomplishes this acceleration speed.
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Now that the myth of electric vehicles lacking power has been dispelled, it might be time to think about making the switch. The technology is constantly being improved.
Eventually, you could have an all electric, self-driving car taking you from work to home. The future is definitely bright.