Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tesla Model S is 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year

Tesla Model S, an all-electric sedan produced by Tesla Motors, is announced as the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine and became the first Car of the Year winner in the 64-year history of the award not powered by an internal combustion engine. The vehicle, whose retail deliveries has just started in the United States in June, 2012, has beaten out finalists such as the Porsche Boxster, BMW 3-series, Lexus GS, and Subaru BRZ.

Tesla Model S is relatively cheaper model of Tesla Motors compared to its previous Tesla Roadster, and is sold with a base price of $58,570 (before a federal tax credit of $7500), which makes it competitive with with entry-level Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and Audi A6. As Motor Trend wrote "Tesla buyers likely don't need to watch their pennies, but the calculation's worth doing all the same: At an average of 74.5 mpg-e, the Model S costs about 6 cents a mile to run, based on California's 13 cents per kW-hr." A base model with a smaller 40 kW·h battery delivers a range of 160 miles (260 km). Model S luxury model with a 85 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is 265 miles (426 km), topping the Tesla Roadster and making the Model S the electric car with the greatest range available in the market.

Back in 2011, Tesla Motors opened up an office in Singapore and closed it down in April 2011 because Tesla's tax break expectation for the Tesla Roadster model was not realized and unlike Hong Kong and Malaysia, Economic Board of Singapore decided to not give any green tax incentive to the roadster. Tesla Model S has a lower price tag and it can charge all-electric car sales here. Right-hand-drive Model S for the UK and Asia will be available by mid-2013 after retail deliveriesbegin in Europe by early 2013.

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