Automobile of the Year testing was actually the first time many staffers were able to drive or even touch a Model S, and most came away impressed with its speed and handling. The huge 85-kWh battery allowed us to treat the car like any other gas-powered one: we drove all day and parked it at night, plugged in to a 240-volt charger.
|Motor/Transmission||Three-phase, four pole AC induction motor with copper rotor; single-speed transaxle|
|Power||416 hp @ 5000 rpm|
|Torque||443 lb-ft @ 0 rpm|
|Battery/Range||85-kWh, Lithium-ion unit; 265-mile range|