About the Model S
The daddy. The one that made people sit up and take notice of what an electric car can be. Still revolutionary, six years after it was unveiled.
379 miles (WLTP)
8 year waranty
or 100,000 miles
It looks like a very stylish, yet conventional, executive saloon. This is a clever trick by the designers in Palo Alto for two reasons. It provides an instant visual association with what a consumer would typically expect from a luxury saloon, which means their target market aren't having to make too much of a leap when 'going electric'. And then there's the sheer joy of stepping into a car that looks like that, but performs more like a dragster.
0-60 in 4.2s
*Based on 100D
Tesla lead the way with pushing the sustainability agenda as a manufacturer - they only make fully electric plug-in vehicles, so they're absolutely the flag bearers in this market. The Model S doesn't do anything more that the rest of the range does, but that's still a very high bar.
Fuel cost comparison
Fuel cost (yearly)
Tesla Model S
BMW 7 Series
All the talk is around how fast this accelerates, and it really does go. But strip that away and it's a really comfortable, perfectly judged piece of engineering that truly marries style with substance. There's plenty of room in the back and in the bonnet for luggage. The massive central console has been beautifully designed to make choosing from the multitude of options completely intuitive.
But, most of all, it's really fast.
I've not experienced that kind of acceleration in a saloon car shape before
Chris Harris, Top Gear
One of the sexiest cars on the market. It's the perfect mix of tech and smooth driving
Octopus Electric Vehicles
*All cost comparisons are based on driving 8000 miles per year, charging at home from an empty battery to a full one, for an Octopus Energy customer on Octopus Go, the tariff designed for EV drivers. If you regularly use charging networks this might be slightly different