Monday, January 9, 2012

2011 Car Awards: Best Electric Vehicle

When gas prices started to rapidly increase, companies were looking for alternative power sources. One alternative power source is electricity. Electric cars have been around since 1899 and were competing with gas-powered cars. When gas-powered cars developed electrical starters, the electric car phased out. Now electric cars are back. The issue with electric car is the range the car would get on one charge. My pick for best electric car gets over 150 miles on one charge and is quicker and faster than the Nissan Leaf. My pick for 2011 Electric Car of the Year is:

Tesla Model S
Tesla has been pushing the limits of what an electric car can do. The Tesla Roadster got over 200 miles on one charge while going from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Now Tesla has started production on the Model S. This electric car is a beautiful four-door sportback. The car can come with either a 40 kwh, 60 kwh, and 85 kwh. The 80 kWh version of the Model S has good performance. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in  5.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 125 mph. It also can also get 300 miles on one charge. The 85 kWh Performance version is even faster. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 130 mph. The 40 kWh version goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 110 mph. It starts at $49,900. The top of the line 85 kWh Signature Performance starts at $97,900. With the different options, good performance, luxurious interior, and beautiful styling, I have no problem naming the Tesla Model S as my choice for Best Electric Car of 2011. 

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