Now, if you come here often, you’ll know that I’ve recently been bitten by electric cars - I’m no nut cutlet chomping, sandal wearing liberal and thanks to Tesla, it looks as though those of us who've already seen the electric light won’t have to excuse ourselves for much longer - The new Model S P100D all-electric car has just become the world’s fastest production car with a 0-60 time of just 2.5 seconds......That’s a 5 door family hatchback that’s quicker than a Bugatti Veyron.
But all that off the line “oomph” hasn’t come with any compromise in economy either - As the name suggests, the new P100D comes with a larger 100kwh battery over that of the P90D in the same range. That gives it a claimed real world range of 315 miles which in turn makes it the first electric car in production today to manage over 300 miles on one charge. That’s really a milestone as it now makes it comparable to cars of similar power, size and price that have an internal combustion engine.
The P100D doesn’t come cheap at just over £100k, although the bottom of the range Model S starts at around £60,000 - The company does though offer some seriously attractive finance offers as they continue to work to get your bum on the seats of their cars. The Model S also comes with all the "Auto Pilot" technology that Tesla have also become famous for, meaning the car can essentially drive itself.
Next year sees the arrival of the all new Model 3 Tesla 5 door family hatchback whose price is expected to start at around £27,000 - With a range of around 350 miles, and similar performance to that we’re now seeing from the Model S, it could make electric cars a far more real world option for more of us.