This is where electric cars can and will go!
In the vid he states this car is $90K and up, however it is available with 3 different battery sizes/ranges and a couple performance levels along with a “signature” model, (similar to a “limited” car). Pricing actually starts at $50K (before tax breaks) for the 40 kWh batt/160 mile range, 60 kWh/230 range $60K, 85 kWh/300 range $70K and on up to about $100K.
The thing to understand about electric cars is that all of your torque is available from 0RPMs on up. Electrics are powered by a motor not an engine. If you’ve ever driven a hybrid gas/electric car in “EV” mode, where you start off using only the electric motor, you really don’t get much power, this is because the electric motor in a hybrid vehicle is only supplementing the gas engine, it is not the main power of the car. I.E.: the ’12 Toyota Prius, the gas engine has 98 hp, while the electric motor has 36 hp*, so in EV mode you have 36 hp available. In power mode 134 hp using both gas & electric.
The high-end version of this car is available now, more models due out by end of this year. For more info., here’s Tesla’s website: http://www.teslamotors.com/
Here’s a direct link to the options/pricing page: http://www.teslamotors.com/models/options
(Look for more posts about electrics/hybrids/other alternative-powered vehicles. …I’ve been waiting many years for electric cars and solar energy to really catch on.)
(I have some news posts I wanted to post last week but was having difficulty learning how to use WordPress, so look for more news this week.)
*Note: (The Prius’s electric motor has 36 actual hp, called “traction battery” on toyota’s website, they claim the “electric motor” has 80 hp, but this is only on paper, besides, the hybrid hp rating is 134…98+80 does not =134.)