So why all the fuss about the new Tesla?
I am sure you, like many, have seen a lot of hype around electric cars as of late but are unsure of the benefits of owning one.
Why would I actually want an electric car?
What’s the difference between this and a normal fuel based car?
What benefits would I get?
Well, fear not, as we delve in to why these cars (the Model S Tesla in particular) are in the limelight right now. We understand that cars can be a tad mind boggling to the average being so we have broken down the key points simply for you.
Cheap to run
“Fuel Economy” is obviously the wrong definition but the electric car is very cheap to run. If we consider that the full battery range is over 330 miles, plus the cost of recharging the battery (approx £5 at current rates), the Tesla offers unbeatable pence-per-mile costs.
If you use one of Tesla’s Supercharger stations, charging is both free of charge and much quicker, with 20 minutes enough to boost the battery by 50 per cent (giving you over 160 miles) or about an hour for a full charge.
Zero emissions and much more healthy for the environment than fuel! #Savetheplanet
Autopilot allows the car to steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manage speed by using active, traffic-aware cruise control. Digital control of motors, brakes, and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, as well as preventing the car from wandering off the road. The Model S can also scan for a parking space, alert you when one is available, and parallel park on command.
You get 2 boots because there is no engine to worry about – the battery pack is mounted in the floor.
Although not yet included in many surveys, electric cars are proving to be very reliable due to having less moving parts and therefore less is likely to go wrong!
Model S is designed from the ground up to be the safest car on the road, as proven by a maximum-possible 5-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
So robust was its shell, in fact, that the Tesla broke the equipment used to test the strength of a car’s roof in the event of a rollover.
Servicing is required every 12 months or 12,500 miles, in addition to which Tesla can carry out upgrades to the car via the internet (very 21st century huh!)
In addition, exemption from road tax, the London congestion charge and a zero per cent benefit-in-kind, also means that for a car of this size and luxury, the Model S will save you thousands of pounds a year compared with petrol and diesel alternatives.
State of the art technology
You can unlock and drive your car using your smartphone so essentially you have a life size remote control car (OK so only on private property otherwise you could be causing mayhem!) but how very suave!!
You can also turn on climate control using your smartphone – perfect for heating up your car ready for you on a frosty morning!
Additional incentives are available for private and business owners, including zero road tax as well as other tax exemptions.
– £5,000 (Reducing to £4,500 as of 1st March 2016) UK government grant for every Model S
– 100% first year allowance for company purchase until April 2018
– No Showroom or Luxury Vehicle tax
– Salary Sacrifice scheme available to business drivers
So there you have it – we would love to know your thoughts…would you buy one? Leave a comment below!