Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s Model S 85 kilowatt hour batteries are impressive in terms of range covered, believes one of its owners, who while driving his Model S along with his family tested the performance of the car. The owner wanted to go around Milford, Connecticut, on Interstate 95, which is the last Superchargers station on Tesla’s network for travelers headed north through New England.
Range anxiety not a problem for Tesla
The 85 kilowatt Model S, which has a range of up to 265 miles, was tested by the driver of the vehicle by adding more miles, only to find that the performance was well above expectations. He believes that the “range anxiety,” which is true in some of electric vehicles, did not affect the Model S, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. He said that other electric vehicles like Nissan Leaf and Honda Fit EV have half the capacity of Tesla when it comes to endurance.
He felt that the superchargers are fast enough, and moreover the charging is offered by Tesla free of cost.
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Expanding superchargers network
However, finding a charging station may be a problem as Tesla, presently, does have a charging station at many of the ideal spots. The Tesla Model S needs to be charged once or twice to cover 500 miles according to the owner.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is adding more superchargers to its charging network, which currently totals some 35 stations all around the United States. With this expansion, the company is is trying to allow coast-to-coast travel by this winter and provide charging facilities to 98% of the United States population in 2015. The owner of the car said that setting up charging stations at service plazas on the Maine Turnpike will make it easy to travel to places like Moosehead Lake, Bar Harbor or Acadia National Park.
Model S AWD For Snow?
Last weekend, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) released a video of Model S showing that it is equally good in the snowy conditions, and does not need an all-wheel drive (AWD) model to hold up in the snow.
“[T]his car performs outstandingly in winter conditions,” he said. “In fact, all-wheel drive is not required at all when you purchase this car.” The statement differs from that of Elon Musk who said that the company is keen to launch an AWD Model S.