Driving the 2014 Tesla S with a Tesla specialist on Driving the Nation

Tesla Motors has just announced they will be producing another vehicle, the Tesla 3 (or III) after the Tesla X. Superchargers are being opened up all over the continent, but we’re still getting to know the Tesla S. S for seductive.

Gary Calderon, Tesla product specialist took Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation for a test drive in the 2014 Tesla Model S. There are three models; Model S, Models S Performance, Models S Performance Plus.

The Model S uses the 60 KwH battery, has a driving range of 208 miles of pure EV, goes 0-60 in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph. The peak motor power for the 2014 Tesla S is 302 hp (225 kw) at 5,000-8,000 rpm with torque of 317 lb-ft from 0-5,000 rpm. You get an 8-year warranty for the battery, or 120,000 mile. Supercharging is optional.

The 2014 Model S performance uses the 85 KwH battery, has a driving range of 265 miles of pure EV, goes 0-60 in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph. The peak motor power for the 2014 Tesla S Performance is 362 hp (270 kW) at 6,000-9,500 rpm with torque of 325 lb-ft from 0-5,800 rpm. You get an 8-year warranty for the battery with unlimited mileage. Supercharging is standard.

The 2014 Model S performance plus uses the 85 KwH battery, has a driving range of 265 miles of pure EV, goes 0-60 in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph. The peak motor power for the 2014 Tesla S Performance is 416 hp (310 kW) at 5,000-8,600 rpm with torque of 443 lb-ft 0-5,100 rpm. You get an 8-year warranty for the battery with unlimited mileage. Supercharging is standard.

Calderon showed us the 17 inch Panasonic Navigation screen that showcases all the information about the car, including how you want to drive, how much regenerative braking you want and whether you want to creep when you’re in traffic, or not.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.