Numbers are now in, & they are looking pretty good. EPA says that Tesla Model S has MPGe or miles per gallon equivalent rating of about 89 (for combined), 88 (for city) & 90 (for highway). The MPGe is the distance that any vehicle travels on energy that is contained in a single gallon of the gasoline, but of course Model S runs not on gas but on electrons.
For comparison purpose, the other electric pure cars in market include Honda Fit @ 118 combined MPGe, Mitsubishi i along with 112 of MPGe, Ford Focus Electric along with 105 of MPGe & Nissan Leaf with “simply” 99 of MPGe. Even at bottom of the particular list, the numbers are pretty impressive for Model S, which means that it really makes good use of the energy that is available in the battery.
Tesla says that range recently got declared with 265 miles through EPA’s 5-cycle procedure of testing, which now makes it mileage long-range champ in production electric world of car. Using EPA’s older 2-cycle protocol of testing, Model S will score above 300 miles on a single charge – which is significantly better than 244 miles as managed by Tesla older Roadster. Still, this figure of range applies only to top-of-line model along with 85-kWh battery which starts at about $69,900. There are Model S sedans available along with considerably less of range & smaller tag of price, and also Performance version which starts at about $84,900.
We are looking out for some more info from Tesla, & we expect it will come before 1st deliveries take place on this Friday at this company’s California’s factory of Fremont.