28 Facts About Model S


In February 2017 the Tesla Model S P100D debuted, which included a revised motor and was the first electric vehicle to have an EPA estimated range exceeding 300 miles .

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Model S became the first electric car to top the monthly new-car-sales ranking in any country, leading twice in Norway, in September and December 2013 and in Denmark in December 2015.

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The Model S was the top-selling plug-in electric car worldwide in 2015 and 2016, although it was later surpassed by the Model 3.

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Model S was developed by a team led by Franz von Holzhausen, who previously worked for Mazda North American Operations.

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Musk claimed that the Model S battery offered twice the energy density of the Nissan Leaf's, with more than double the range, increased by a low drag coefficient, motor efficiency and rolling resistance.

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In September 2014, the Model S began to be equipped with cameras, forward looking radar and ultrasonic acoustic location sensors that provided a 360-degree view, to be used with Tesla Autopilot.

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All versions of the Model S have the same body and normally seat five passengers.

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Model S powertrain has gone through several iterations since its first release, increasing in efficiency, power, and durability.

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The Model S comes equipped with a different charger and connector in North America versus other markets.

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In early 2019, as part of the "Raven" update, the Model S was upgraded to feature an enhanced "Smart Air Suspension" with automatic, dynamic suspension adjustments.

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Model S exists in several versions, differing in energy capacity, motor size and power, and equipment.

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Custom Model S was designed for the Oceanic Preservation Society in collaboration with Obscura Digital, and was used to project images of endangered animals to help educate the public about ongoing Holocene mass extinction, as featured in the 2015 documentary Racing Extinction.

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Tesla originally designed the Model S to allow fast battery swapping, which facilitated vehicle assembly.

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Model S was released in Europe in early August 2013, and the first deliveries took place in Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

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Model S ranked as the world's second best selling plug-in electric vehicle after the Nissan Leaf.

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The Model S was the world's best-selling plug-in electric car in 2015, ahead of the Nissan Leaf .

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Model S was the world's top selling plug-in car for the second year running.

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Model S continued to rank as the second most-sold electric car in history after the Nissan Leaf.

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Model S was the top selling all-electric car in the country for the first quarter of 2015.

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The Model S topped the European luxury car segment in 2015, ahead of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the traditional leader.

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In 2014, the Model S had a 5-star safety rating from both Euro NCAP and the U S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration .

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Model S then contacted authorities and, while awaiting their arrival, smoke began coming out the front of the vehicle.

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The Model S was parked in a garage and was not charging when the fire started.

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The trip ended with the Model S carried on a flatbed truck to the Milford, Connecticut, station.

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In October 2015, two months after naming the Tesla 'the best car ever tested, ' Consumer Reports declined to give the Tesla Model S a "recommended" designation, citing too many complaints from owners.

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The Model S dropped "below average" in reliability with suspension problems and other issues that included the extending door handle.

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Tesla countered that when the energy used to extract, refine, and distribute gasoline was taken into account, the Model S produced approximately one-third the CO2 of an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle.

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In early September 2019, a prototype Tesla Model S went faster than the official record for the fastest "four-door electric sports car" at the Laguna Seca Raceway, beating a previous time held by the Tesla Performance.

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