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Tesla Model S Scores 89 MPG-e rating

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On: Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 2:43PM | By: Chris Weiss


Tesla Model S Scores 89 MPG-e rating

Tesla has begun deliveries of the Model S. About a month ago, we saw the EPA's official range rating for the Model S. This week, we get the full picture, as the EPA has released the fuel economy rating.

The EPA rates the Tesla at 89 mpg-e, which is lower than most other EVs on the market - the Mitsubishi i leads the way with 112 mpg-e; the Ford Focus Electric comes in at 105 mpg-e; and the Nissan Leaf sits at 99. Of course, none of the competitors can hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds (4.4 seconds in the Performance trim). The Model S gets 88 mpg-e in the city and 90 mpg-e on the highway.

As we learned last month, the largest battery pack that Tesla will offer has enough capacity to send a driver out for up to 265 miles of cruising. That's just an average, and Tesla believes that drivers will be able to get more than 450 miles with just the right conditions (though they'd have to turtle along at residential speeds to do so).

The Model S starts at $57,400 for the base model with 40 kWh battery and runs up to $105,400 for the 85 kWh Signature Performance edition. Tesla rates the 40 kWh battery pack at 160 miles, the 60 kWh battery at 230 miles and the 85 kWh battery at 300 miles.

Below is a video that Tesla released earlier this week showing the final touches being put on a Model S at its assembly plant.




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