The Tesla is looking to be the car of the future we’ve always wanted, and by 2020, it might as well be.
When designing the Tesla Model S, Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and Space-X, wanted an electrical motor that had the same horsepower as the most powerful internal combustion engine but with nearly instantaneous torque. Engine manufacturers told him it couldn’t be done; an impossibility. So the Tesla CEO decided he would build it himself. For him, there are no compromises in design nor functionality.
When you drive a Model S, you can see the results. The car seems to fly: picking up acceleration as if you were to be in the S.S. Enterprise and shift into warp. Because there is no internal combustion, the car is eerily quiet but is comfortable and elegant. This car breaks down the conventional driving experience we’re used to. There is no engine to start, gears to shift, no oil to replace, and the brakes don’t wear out because you hardly use them.
Of course, the best part about a Tesla car is that it has a net carbon emission of zero. The worst part about the car is its price-tag: certainly not a price-tag for anyone below a six-figure salary, but there have been plans to make the car available to everyone before the turn of the next decade. By 2017, Tesla will deliver a vehicle with almost all the perks of the Model S (zero emissions, driving assist, etc.) that has a $35,000 sticker price and can go up to 200 miles on a single charge.
By 2020, it is expected that the same car, with a better chargeable battery, will be able to travel more than 1,000 miles on a single charge and may even be priced lower than the $35,000.
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