Tesla says Model S can be recharged in just one hour

Article by Christian A., on June 25, 2012

Deliveries of Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model S sedan have started but what’s even more interesting is that the company is suggesting that this EV may soon be fully recharged in only one hour with a 90-kilowatt, 440-volt supercharging technology that will be introduced shortly. According to Tesla chief technology officer J.B. Straubel, this technology could recharge a 300-mile-range car in one hour.

Straubel said that there’s no comparison between recharging a Nissan Leaf and doing the same to a 300-mile Model S. Straubel added that he prefers to use "range per hour" as a recharging measurement. He asserts that being able to drive 150 miles from a recharging time of 30 minutes is achievable.

He also said that this technology would be presented in less than a year. Presently, Tesla is rolling out one Model S electric sedan (which is salable) each day at its factory due to quality control.

Company officials said that the plant will boost its output to 80 cars each day by the end of the year. Gilbert Passin, Tesla's head of manufacturing, said that what Tesla expects for its production rate by the end of 2012 would mean that a single shift could build 8,000 units a year.

Passin said that Tesla has produced 20 or more salable cars, including customer orders and dealerships demonstrator models. Passin said that every vehicle is subjected to a test by Tesla engineers to go 100 miles upon stepping off the assembly line.

According to George Blankenship, Tesla's vice president of retail experience, Tesla had received 9,800 reservations for the Model S sedan around the globe as of the end of the first quarter.

This represents an increase from around 8,000 at the end of December 2011. Blankenship said that its “first quarter was stronger than its fourth quarter [of 2011], which was stronger than our third quarter.”

Setting the bar higher in the world’s expectations for the car of the 21st century with the highest possible safety ratings is the Tesla Model S, the first fully electric-powered sedan which combines top-quality performance, safety, and uninhibited efficiency. Its long driving range for an electric vehicle and over-the-air software updates make it a major development in automotive engineering.

Tesla Architecture

With a battery smartly situated on the floor of the vehicle, the Tesla Model S boasts of a low center of gravity, greatly reducing the risk of on-the-road rollovers, while at the same time ameliorating handling and driving performance. Without the bulk of a gas-powered engine, the Tesla Model S has a crumple zone much more spacious than other sedans, enabling it to absorb the energy of a front-end impact.

Safety

The Tesla Model S is undeniably one of the safest cars on the road. This is mostly due to the fact that the car possesses a unique electric drivetrain that is situated beneath the car. With its low center of gravity enabling it to highly prevent risks of rollovers on the road, the Tesla Model S’ safety record is proven and tested by the NHTSA and Euro-NCAP. Given an overall rating of 5 stars by the latter, the Tesla Model S also set the record of the lowest potential to cause injury to its occupants when tested in the United States.

Of course, the vehicle still possesses the standard active safety mechanisms and features which include automatic emergency braking, collision warning, blind spot detection, and lane departure warning. With these, plus the addition of optional features like traffic-aware cruise control, auto-steer, auto-park and summon, the Tesla Model S truly holds the title as the safest car on the road.

Electric All-wheel Drive

Two motors—one in the front and another in the rear—allow the Tesla Model S to digitally and independently control its torque in the front and rear wheels. This results in unparalleled traction control in all given conditions, without immolating fuel efficiency, for an all-out efficient and effective driving experience.

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