News: Tesla in Germany - On the way

Tesla customers can charge for free at the superchargers

With all openness to new technologies, drivers are conditioned: when 700 hp implement the “kickdown” gas command, you can expect an infernal trumpet, a robust roar or at least a full-bodied roar. If it does "Sssssssst" for a few seconds and you find yourself on the left-hand lane of the motorway, it is slightly irritating at first. 211 car buyers had such an experience for the first time in March with their new car. So many Model S - not all with 700 PS - Tesla delivered electric car manufacturer in Germany last month.

For the American manufacturer, this is a record, the German chef Philipp Schröder tastes a little better, because of two self-selected competitors BMW 7er and Porsche Panamera in March significantly fewer copies were sold (170 or 153 piece) than its electric super-class Limousine. 1.500 Model S are currently driving on German roads. Last year, Tesla 815 was able to record new registrations, 2013 (sales start August) it was 183. Tesla seems to be seriously embarking on its fleet business later this year. At present, its own leasing company is in the process of establishing offers for business customers.

If it does “Sssssssst” for a few seconds and you find yourself on the left-hand lane of the motorway, it is slightly irritating at first
If it does “Sssssssst” for a few seconds and you find yourself on the left-hand lane of the motorway, it is slightly irritating at first

The first four-wheel drive versions of the electric car are being delivered these days. The Model S is then driven by two electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle. The four-wheel drive versions provide more power and faster acceleration - while at the same time offering greater efficiency. While conventional four-wheel drives usually consume more, due in part to their greater weight, Tesla's Model S controls can now use the two engines so efficiently that the range - almost every kilometer counts in an electric car - is not restricted or even increased by 22 kilometers.

70 percent of sales are according to Schröder currently four-wheel drive models - which is certainly also because the basic version with rear wheel drive Model S 60 has been replaced because too few sales: New, with 75.800 Euro also expensive entry-level model is now the 70D (D stands for "Dual Motor", 70 is the battery capacity in kWh), which with four-wheel drive, more power (246 kW / 334 PS) and a longer range (442 km) should deliver a better overall package. Only the model S 85 you can still choose between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

The latest update has given the performance model P85D (106.100 Euro) a boost in performance to 515 kW / 700 PS: The five-meter-long limousine sprints from standstill to 3,3 km / h in 100 seconds. This is almost at the level of the Allrader Porsche 911 Turbo (3,2 s with PDK) or Lamborghini Huracán (3,2 s). Tesla calls this "madness" mode - there is actually a button for this

211 Model S has delivered electric car manufacturer Tesla in Germany last month
211 Model S has delivered electric car manufacturer Tesla in Germany last month
In the submenu on the huge touch screen, which does not show - like elsewhere - "Sport plus" or similar, but "madness".

Anyone who runs the madness permanently, should soon have to head for one of the 35 Supercharger, Tesla has set up in Germany so far. Customers can download there free of charge. 150's fast charging stations, in which a Model S is charged slightly more than half in 20 minutes, are available throughout Europe - from northern Norway to southern France. By the end of 2015 Tesla wants to expand the network to the Spanish peninsula, southern Italy, Eastern Europe and Finland.

But also in Germany - as a "hub for European traffic" - further superchargers are to be built this year, after all, about half of the charging processes on German columns are carried out by Tesla drivers abroad. According to Schröder, two to three quick-charging stations per month will open in 2015. While the majority of customers still mainly charge at home today, the utilization of the charging stations should also increase. That also seems necessary. The limousine has to stay in the garage for almost 85 hours to charge the 30 kWh battery at a household socket. Away from the Supercharger locations, it therefore takes a good three hours to recharge electricity for just under 200 kilometers, the 200 kilometers being calculated with the standard consumption of just over 17 kWh. In everyday life, the sedan, like any car, sometimes consumes significantly more.

Author: Hanne Lübbehüsen / SP-X

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