Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S has been reviewed by car and tech enthusiasts on every front, but the latest look raised a few eyebrows. It came via Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass, a controversial choice due to its potential to distract drivers and create danger on the road. Nonetheless, the review by Lon Seidman now playing on his YouTube Channel answers many questions provoked by those curious about both tech sensations.
Model S Performance
Tesla’s flagship Model S won Car of the Year from Motor Trend, Automobile of the Year from Automobile Magazine, and scored the highest rating of all time (99 out of 100) in its Consumer Reports test. The car is known for its absurdly good performance, especially the top-shelf Model S (Performance). The quote for 0-60 is 4.2 seconds, and Seidman hops on the highways effortlessly, quietly surging into traffic without issue.
It’s slightly dizzying to watch this acceleration happen when rattling along in Google Glass, yet the point is made. The Model S can hop on an East Coast highway with the best of them. The base 60 kWh battery is quoted at 5.9 seconds going 0-60, while the standard 85 kWh battery goes 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. The connectivity power also looked exceptional.
Where the Apps Are
Through the eyes of Seidman’s Google headgear, the viewer gets a look at Tesla’s driver-seat tech. Battery usage and regenerative brake functions are added to the normal list of specs drivers expect on the dash and display areas. Seidman compares Tesla’s 17-inch screen to a tablet, noting the impressive size, functionality, and ease of use, all of which are assisted by unlimited 3G Internet. These features comes with connectivity and/or tech packages from Tesla.
The car offers drivers the opportunity to automatically access Internet radio in all its forms, as well as field calls and every other standard operation of a well-equipped modern car. This Tesla has the option of a full-HD camera to see what’s happening while you reverse, but the highlight of the entire dashboard is the size and scope of the screen — with a map in such fine detail, there’s no question about whether you’ll find your way.
The Combination May Be Illegal
Taking a spin wearing Google Glass might not be legal in the future, as the UK is mulling a ban on driving with the headgear, according to CNET. Noise from West Virginia lawmakers also pointed to the potential for bans stateside, yet nothing came of the negative press and it won’t be an issue for the rest of 2013 in that state.
The charging options provided the last interesting notes on the Model S as Seidman showcased the various options for drivers who want to power the car’s battery. The 240-volt plugs are on board for anyone who invests in the setup at home. The Model S also featured an adapter that can connect Tesla charging plugs to standard plug-in stations. With the adapter in tow, there’s no reason to fret about the availability of some charging option.
Finally, Seidman vouched for the superchargers made famous by Tesla. They do take 20-30 minutes to get the car’s batteries a full charge, he confirms. There were few negatives to take away from the review, though Seidman didn’t mention the price of the 85 kWh Performance Model S. It starts at $87,400.