Tesla Model S is a five-door electric vehicle manufactured by Tesla. The prototype was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009; car deliveries to the United States began in June 2012.
Tesla Model S Prototype at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show/Wikipedia
At the end of the Q1 2013, 4,750 Tesla Model S were sold in the United States. Thus, the model became the best-selling luxury sedan, ahead of, in particular, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.
In Norway, thanks to state support for electric vehicles in the first two weeks of September 2013, the Tesla Model S became the best-selling car (322 units), and bypassed Volkswagen Golf (256 units). Electric vehicles Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf occupied 11% of the market in Norway during this period.
In total, by the end of the Q1 2014, about 32k Tesla Model S cars were sold. At the same time, according to the results of the quarter, stabilization of demand in the USA was noted with continued growth in sales in the Europe.
In 2013, Green Car Reports named Model S of the Best Car To Buy 2013. GCR called it “a car that takes the all-electric vehicle to a new and far more elevated level.”
Green Car Reports said:
"But that's far from the only reason it won. The Tesla Model S is an impressive new entry in the luxury sport sedan field for its performance, its looks, its capabilities, and its digital infotainment and control system."
Every year, Green Car Reports chooses the best car of the year. Previously selected:
- 2011 Nissan Leaf
- 2012 Toyota Prius family
- 2013 Tesla Model S
- 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
- 2015 Volkswagen Golf family
- 2016 Chevrolet Volt
- 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
- 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
This year Green Car Reports chose Model S as 'Car of the Decade' and said:
"The Model S forever changed how the world sees electric cars, and set Tesla on its path today to be more than what it had been up until that point—a geeky boutique EV upfitter with some big ideas.
Many years since the Model S introduction, and more than a decade since its original development, other automakers still haven’t caught up. They haven’t been able to rival the 2012 Tesla Model S 85’s 265 EPA-rated miles from 85 kwh; they’re just starting to rival its huge 17-inch touchscreen system; and no other company has matched the breadth of its over-the-air updates.
The Model S has received countless changes and new features—many via OTA updates—as well as new versions, each of which have made it an even better car. Yes, there were Insane and Ludicrous and Performance editions, and the 2016 refresh, plus this year’s powertrain upgrade—and a Plaid three-motor blast to look forward to."
It should be noted that we also have data on the capacity of Model S batteries. A group of Tesla drivers, mainly from the United States, collected data on miles traveled and battery loss on their cars in a database. Almost 600 vehicles were involved for this, all Model S. The total mileage of all tested cars was more than 23 million miles (38 million kilometers). The conclusion was very impressive, after 7 years the average battery capacity is still about 93 percent.
During the 2019 China Automotive Finance and Hedging Rate Research Committee Annual Meeting, the Model S (and Model X) were dubbed as the vehicles that preserved their value the best.
Tesla accomplished an almost unthinkable feat: it designed and launched a car that competes in all directions with industry’s most legendary brands. And this car is the first production car from a company that was not even 16 years ago. The Tesla Model S is an impressive vehicle, which is why it was chosen by Green Car Reports as the 'Car of the Decade'.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.