Tesla Model S: 426 Electrified Kilometres On One Charge, US EPA Says

Mike Stevens | Jun 21, 2012

Deliveries of Tesla's brand-new Model S electric sedan begin in the US this month, and buyers opting for the largest battery pack can add "cross-country adventure" to their roadtrip to-do list.

While the entry-level Model S lists an already impressive driving range of 250km from one charge of its battery pack, the American carmaker says you'll get around 480km if you go for the high-grade variant.

This week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its own figures for the Model S, confirming a 265-mile range - 465 kilometres.

The department's mileage-measuring system is known as MPGe, which compares the distance a vehicle will drive on electric power to the equivalent energy in a gallon (3.78 litres) of petrol.

The US$77,400 top-shelf Model S variant, with its large 85kWh battery pack, gets an 89 MPGe rating. The US$57,400 entry-level model's 250km range is courtesy of a still large 40kWh battery pack.

By comparison, Nissan's all-electric Leaf carries a smaller 24kWh battery pack (contributing to the car's lower purchase price), and offers a driving range of up to 170 kilometres.

Ford's Focus Electric offers similar performance, with its 23kWh battery pack leading to a driving range of 150km from a single charge.

While the Focus Electric is not available in Australia (and is not expected in its current form), Nissan's Leaf is available now at $51,500.

Australian buyers can also consider the Mitsubishi i MiEV and the upcoming Renault Fluence Z.E.

Tesla Australia's Jay McCormack has confirmed with TMR that the Model S will arrive in mid-2013, with pricing and specifications to be confirmed closer to launch.

In the US, the Model S starts at US$57,400, excluding a $7500 federal government tax incentive. Australian prices are expected to be in-line with the premium luxury sedan segment.

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  • Smart us says,
    3 years ago
    By comparison, Nissan's all-electric Leaf carries a smaller 24kWh battery pack (contributing to the car's lower purchase price) sad here are the numbers Tesla sell 1kw for $870, nissan 1kw for $2,125... 85kw Nissan Leaf would cost $180,625... is this real???
    • Balthazaaaaargh says,
      3 years ago
      Remember that thats US pricing for Model S and Aus price for Leaf.

      The Leaf is as low as US$25,000 over there if i recall correctly

      • Smart us says,
        3 years ago
        so why the article compares it "stone me first"... tesla will go higher but i doubt they gonna sell 1kw close to disgraceful Nissan - Shame on you bleh
  • BH says,
    3 years ago
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    I dig the model S big time... even if it's hippy as hell. Very a nice piece of kit!
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