Consumer Reports is calling the Tesla Model S the best car it has ever tested, scoring 99 out of a possible 100 in the magazine's tests. The score would have been higher but for the fact that the all-electric car does need to stop and recharge during extremely long-distance drives."If it could recharge in any gas station in three minutes, this car would score about 110," said Jake Fisher, head of auto testing for Consumer Reports. Fisher called the car's performance in the magazine's performance tests "off the charts."
Depending on price, the Model S has driving range of between 208 and 265 miles. A full charge takes about six hours from an ordinary 240 volt outlet, according to Tesla.
The score of 99 means the Tesla Model S, a sedan that can seat as many as seven people, performed as well or better than any automobile the magazine has ever tested. Prices for the Model S start at about $70,000, not including federal and state tax incentives for electric cars.
The Model S tied for the quietest vehicle the magazine has ever tested, was among the most energy-efficient and had excellent scores for acceleration, braking and ride quality.
Tesla had previously stated a goal of selling 20,000 Model S cars this year and has now raised that goal.