Energy-efficient cars: Tesla Model S

8 energy-efficient cars to go the distance
Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model S

  • Mpge: 88 city/90 highway

Just recently arriving on the market for energy-efficient cars, the Model S is the newest addition to the Tesla family. The four-door, five-passenger all-electric sedan is the most expensive vehicle on the list. It starts at $49,900 for the 40-kilowatt battery, after a federal tax credit of $7,500. You'll pay $59,900 for the 60-kilowatt and $69,900 for the 85-kilowatt.

Tesla claims the 40-kilowatt battery on the S will go 160 miles on a charge, if you're doing 55 mph. The extra $10,000 for the 60-kilowatt battery will get you 230 miles, and the extra $20,000 for the 85-kilowatt battery will take you 300 miles.

Though it's not as fast as the Roadster, the S is no slouch when it comes to performance. The entry-level S will get you to 60 mph from a standstill in 6.5 seconds.

Tesla says you can get 62 miles of range per hour of charge by combining the 240-volt home charging station with the Twin Chargers, an additional option on the vehicle that costs an extra $1,500.

The EPA estimates its annual "fuel" cost at $700 to charge up this vehicle.


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