At this moment Tesla Model S is a pretty lonely vehicle in the segment since it offers fantastic performances, great range and highest level of luxury. It is hard to compare it with any other electric vehicle on the market but in this article the 2015 Tesla Model S will be compared with 2015 Chevrolet Volt.
Production of Tesla Model S started in 2012 and it represents five door sedan that brings great amount of space and all the comfort that one needs. Originally there were plans for three battery options but the smallest 40 kWh version was dropped due to the low demand from the market. Entry level version is offered with 60 kWh battery and electric motor that sends 302 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. With impeccable torque and power delivery this model can reach 62 mph in quite good 5.5 seconds or similar while the range is slightly above 200 miles.
2015 Tesla Model S
For those that want more on both range and performances there are two models with 85 kWh battery packs. First one comes with 362 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque while the Performance model is equipped with 416 hp and instantly delivered 443 lb-ft of torque. Most powerful model will be able to compete with performance models like BMW M5 and to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in about 4.5 seconds. Both of these models have similar range that is rated to about 275 miles per charge.
For the 2015th model there will be no significant changes as it will be a carryover and almost identical to the previous model. Prices will also remain almost identical like it was the case with a previous version. Starting price of the 60 kWh versions will be about $62.400 and for better equipped version with higher battery capacity and more powerful electric motor this vehicle will be delivered with price that is easily higher than $100.000.
For this amount of money that is required for the 2015 Tesla Model S we are getting all the latest technology available on the market. Through a large 17 inch display (largest in one vehicle) we will be able to monitor and control all the most important systems of this vehicle. It brings navigation, energy info, car controls, camera view, HD radio, internet access, smartphone connectivity and much more. While looking this car from the outside we can notice it is quite elegant yet still brings a decent amount of aggressive looks. Wide grille in combination with laid back and elongated headlights further emphasize its road presence while one of the greatest features is the panorama roof.
Drivers that want to buy electric vehicle that belongs to the entry level market segment certainly should take a look at the 2015 Chevrolet Volt. Price is set to about $35.000 which means that it is from two to three times cheaper than the new 2015 Tesla Model S but also comes with significantly less range, power and luxury. This is a range extended model which means that it will be using electric motor to produce power that will be sent to the wheels but when the batteries are depleted it will use gasoline unit to produce electricity.
2015 Tesla Model S Vs 2015 Chevrolet Volt
This setup offers total power of 149 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque that is significantly less than what we are getting from entry level 2015 Tesla Model S. When the 16.5 kWh battery pack is depleted it will use 1.4 liter inline four cylinder gasoline unit that produces 84 hp to power the generator and produce electricity. On pure battery power it will be able to go for about 40 to 50 miles and when the range extender possibility is calculated in it will be possible to travel for more than 300 miles before it will need fill-up.
The 2015 Chevrolet Volt is one highly efficient vehicle and it will be able to return 93 mpg on highway and about 101 mpg in the city driving conditions. Design is quite futuristic and sharp, front end is significantly different from anything else in the offer while the cut off rear end and sweeping roofline gives it pretty aggressive looks. Interior is made of decent quality of materials and with a lot of attention to details, combination of leather of cloth gives it a premium feel but do not expect anything near the experience in 2015 Tesla Model S.
2015 Chevrolet Volt
Safety is on the highest level with all the most important technologies in this segment implemented here. Among other features we are getting large 7 inch display that provides access to the most important systems and info about vehicle and its systems. There is no doubt that luxury and comfort provided with this model will be enough for many drivers.
It is hard to compare these vehicles since they have very different concepts. 2015 Tesla Model S can be even three times more expensive but doesn’t use gas at all which means it’ll save you money after a while. 2015 Chevrolet Volt, on the other hand is not that expensive and can go on electricity and gasoline which gives it advantage in this oil-dependent World of ours.