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The Tesla Model S - The Car That Can Drive Itself!


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The Tesla Model S - The Car That Can Drive Itself!

The Tesla Model S is an upmarket, rear-wheel-drive, electric saloon which is about to drive itself!

This zero emission car is straight out of billionaire Elon Musk’s business in Palo Alto. Set up in 2003, no one imagined that the next competitively priced, fast, all-electric saloon would come from here, but it now tops the US charts in terms of electric car sales, selling around 2000 of the Tesla Model S in March 2015 alone.

The car’s ultrasonic radar already allows it to avoid obstacles such as other vehicles and pedestrians, as well as changing lanes on its own - but the latest upgrades will make the car even more autonomous.

Musk recently tweeted that the Tesla’s autopilot technology was about to get even smarter. He wrote: "Almost ready to release highway autosteer and parallel autopark software update."

With a release date to be announced, the new technology will mean a driver will not need to steer, brake or accelerate when driving on the motorway.

As part of the upgrade, automatic emergency braking and side collision warnings will also be included.

The Tesla Model S has an on-the-road price of £49,900 and buyers can choose from one of three battery options: a 60kWh pack (208-mile range, 5.9sec 0-60mph time), an 85kWh pack (265 miles, 5.4sec) and an 85kWh Performance pack with the same 265-mile range as the conventional 85kWh battery but with a higher-capacity drive inverter that allows a 4.2sec 0-60mph time. The drive motor in this spec gives 443lb ft of torque from rest and 416bhp. A complete battery fill up can take up to 70 minutes.

Tesla also has a Supercharger network. The Model S talks to the network and tells the driver how much charge is left in their battery and how far they are from their nearest Supercharger. Superchargers are free connectors that charge Model S in minutes. There are currently 403 Supercharger stations with 2,219 Superchargers around the world. 

Benefits of the Tesla S include never needing to buy petrol or diesel again, a whopping 1975 litres of cargo capacity shared between the boot and the bonnet and a full battery charge, at average off-peak rates, will cost you less than £5.

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