I have been fascinated by EV’s since the introduction of the EV1. Although the General Motors corporation made the wrong decision to take the cars back from their leasers and crush them without any explanation, other consumers and I still want them.
Tesla, the company named after Nicola Tesla , developed and introduced the Tesla Model S, a fully electric car that has a range of over 200 miles on a single charge. This car is no hybrid; no gas tank or motor exists. It runs strictly on proprietary batteries.
Unfortunately, as with all new vehicles, there seemed to be a design flaw that led to car fires. Two cars hit objects on the road that resulted in the battery casing being ruptured and causing fires. Drivers and passengers escaped the car and no injuries were reported.
The National Highway Safety Transportation Agency, the NHSTA, conducted an extensive investigation into the incidents and recently closed its case. The reason for the closure is that Tesla Motors is adding aluminum plates to further protect the batteries and raising the vehicle’s ground clearance. The company is making the changes voluntarily and existing vehicles will be retrofitted at no expense to the owners.
Rumors had circulated around the internet chat rooms about spontaneous fires, but no fires were ever attributed to causes other than heavy road debris striking the battery.
With the changes, the Tesla Model S is safer than ever. Fueling the car is as easy as plugging it into a standard outlet. On the road, solar panels in the window, lying on the roof or in the back window can add power to the batteries while the driver shops, enjoys a meal or stays in a hotel room. Portable generators can also power the car, making gasoline obsolete.
I hope to own a Tesla Model S in the near future and drive it across the country. I went to the company’s website and used the feature to “build” my own car. The base price started around $63,570, which included the $7,500 federal tax incentive. This also did not include sales tax, title and registration or the regulatory doc fee of $1,170.
Most luxury cars cost far more than this, consume gasoline as if it were free and are far more expensive. I will be driving the highways in the type of car I used to watch in Sci-Fi movies as a child. Cool.