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PHOTO CAPTION: Tesla Model S with 85kWh battery can be fast charged in 30 minutes.

Tesla Not Waiting For Others to Catch Up

Tesla's Supercharger network is designed to service its own suitably-equipped Model S electric cars.

Published: 30-Nov-2012

Zipping down Interstate 5 in a sleek silver Tesla Model S en route to Los Angeles from San Francisco the only sound I hear is a century-old gasoline-powered paradigm being smashed.

Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk may have his eye on establishing a colony on Mars but during my late October road trip I had gone where only one person had gone before (Damn you, Bradley Berman of The New York Times): A 400-mile journey down the coast in six hours in an electric car without spending a dime on fuel, emitting any carbon, and most importantly, making any compromises.

Zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds? Every chance I got. Blow away an obnoxious BMW 7 Series driver tailgating me? He he he. Cruise for hours at a battery-draining 80 mph without nervously eyeing the range indicator every five seconds. Yep. Keep the massive sunroof open the entire journey despite the added wind resistance. Absolutely.


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