Tesla Takes to the Streets of Manhattan Beach
Sep 03, 2014 09:28AM
By DigMB Staff
Tesla held a similar driving event for prospective buyers at Shade Hotel last year. The Model S is the world's first premium electric sedan and is said to be quite a ride.
Though you may not be able to waltz in Wednesday to drive the Model S (test drives were scheduled in advance), you might be able to snag a ride in the back seat since test drivers can bring up to three guests for a back seat ride on the predetermined route.
Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by a group of Silicon Valley engineers who wanted to demonstrate how excellent electric vehicles could be. Elon Musk, CEO and product architect, is a co-founder with a lengthy list of achievements and company involvement that includes SpaceX, SolarCity and PayPal.
The automaker's first all-electric car was the Tesla Roadster, a sports car that hit the streets in early 2008. The Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and travel for 245 miles per charge.
The Model S, a premium sedan that goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and travels for 265 miles per charge, arrived in 2012, and has received numerous accolades, including Car of the Year awards and a 5-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Tesla next intends to bring its Model X, a crossover utility vehicle that blends the best of an SUV with the benefits of a minivan, to the market. It is set to enter volume production in 2015.
Model S and Model X owners can charge their vehicles for free at strategic locations in North America, Europe and Asia.Musk, who takes an active hands-on role in Tesla and Space X, wrote in an August 15 blog post that the Tesla Model S drive unit warranty and the battery pack have an 8-year, infinite mile warranty on both the battery pack and drive unit, with no limit on the number of owners during the warranty period. The new warranty extension also applies retroactively to all Model S vehicles ever produced.
If you manage to make it into the back seat of a Model S during Wednesday's test drives, just don't be a back seat driver; instead, sit back and enjoy the ride.
P.S. Here's how you can schedule a test drive online at a Tesla store near you.