2.4 seconds is all it takes for the Tesla P100D to go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour, and only 2.275 to go 0-60 mp/h. What started as little more than Elon Musk’s dream of bringing electric cars to the world has become the quickest production car on the road. When the P100D taps into the instantaneous power of the Ludicrous speed mode of its 100% electric power train, it’s gone.
Many enthusiasts watched in sheer awe as the electric Tesla showed its mettle against supercars and the turbo charged, easily out-pacing typical top dogs at the 1/8 mile drag strip. To be perfectly fair, the Tesla will eventually fall behind with a lower top speed but simply has immense accelerative power.
The suggestion that electric just is not the same to drive has its merit. It is true that electric is not the same feeling as the power behind a V8; the rumble just isn’t there. Instead, what the Tesla does have is something different. At the cost of that quintessential combustion, sound comes completely silent 762hp from the get-go. The model S is also the safest car on the road, prevents accidents in advance, and can drive itself. The P100D doesn’t achieve its quickness by carving out features but by refined design.
The Model S can boast not just quick acceleration for a production vehicle. A new Tesla is finished in their California factory every 5 minutes, at 2000 vehicles per week. Compared to other automotive giants it may not seem so fast, but when you consider that in 2012 they were barely able to produce 2000 vehicles in a whole year.
Despite all the fervor for combustion engines, it comes at the cost of increased emissions and lower fuel efficiency. At very peak performance, even Formula 1 vehicles with hybrid engines can manage ~45% efficiency. Production vehicles are comparatively less efficient, while the Tesla electric power train boasts a remarkable 100% energy efficiency, battery to engine.
No matter how much you like the combustion engine the electric tide is coming. Tesla is the rogue wave getting the boat rocking. The Model S and the P100D variant are just part of the Tesla Master Plan to convert not just enthusiasts but every driver on the road to an all electric future.
There will always be room for enthusiasts, but the majority of drivers, Musk firmly believes, will need to leave combustion behind for battery-powered brutes like the P100D. With the model X they created an SUV with similarly jaw dropping acceleration. The upcoming Tesla Model 3 is Tesla’s mass production electric vehicle of the future. While it will certainly have slightly less luxury and acceleration, the Model 3 hopes to bring electric to the general public the way the Ford brought cars to the public with the Model T.
Tesla has so far managed to popularize electric by tackling its pitfalls full force. Critics said that batteries would never be able to drive far enough, but Tesla was sure they could exceed 500 kilometers and built up an entire infrastructure of quick charging stations. They made a beautiful vehicle that exceeded expectations on every front, and will soon have a vehicle within the accessible price range of the modern consumer.