Representatives from Tesla visited the Middle School Science Club yesterday. As the focal point of the visit, Grace Reamer, from the South Lake Union showroom, brought a Tesla Model S for students to see first-hand. Students had an opportunity to sit in the car, look under the hood, and examine the inner workings all while being able to ask questions of the representatives. Grace’s topics included the environmental impact of electric vs. gas-powered vehicles, the history of electric cars up until now, Tesla’s new battery factory opening in Nevada, and the future of automated driving coming up in the next year and beyond.
The Tesla Model S, introduced in June 2012, is a full-sized plug-in electric five-door, luxury liftback, produced by Tesla Motors. The United States Environmental Protection Agency official range for the Model S Performance model equipped with an 85 kWh battery pack is 265 miles, topping the Tesla Roadster to lead the electric car market. EPA rates its energy consumption at 237.5 Wh per kilometer (38 kWh/100 mi) for a combined fuel economy of 89 miles per gallon. It became the first electric car to top the monthly new car sales ranking in any country, twice leading in Norway, in September and again in December 2013. As of December 2014, about 56,800 units had been sold worldwide
The Tesla Model S has won numerous awards such as the 2013 World Green Car of the Year, 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Automobile Magazine’s 2013 Car of the Year, Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012 award, and Consumer Reports‘ top-scoring car ever.Share