2013 Tesla Model S: One Mile Per Second
May 15, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Tesla Model S hauls the mail. The thrust available underfoot when trundling along at city speeds is immense. When you floor it from a low speed, the Tesla delivers an instant, seamless wallop of potent, even giddying, acceleration.
Of course, tapping into that thrust consumes range at an alarming rate. Based on a very unscientific test, I determined the Model S's rate of range loss at full whack to be about one mile per second. That is, if you hold the right pedal to the floor for five seconds, you'll lose five miles of range.
Get frisky with the accelerator often during an extended drive and it might wind up even more extended than you'd planned.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor