One of the amazing things about Nigeria is that it is home to various kinds of car brands. It’s not hard to find Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini, etc. While these may sound like conventional brands that are easy to come by but let me shock you, an unconventional car brand has been spotted in Nigeria too – Tesla Model S from Tesla Inc.
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Before, we continue, a brief background about Tesla Inc.
What you need to know about Tesla
Tesla Inc., a company established in Palo Alto, California, United States of America, is into the manufacture of electric vehicles, solar panels, battery energy storage, etc. You must have heard of Elon Musk, the new richest man in the world; he is the CEO of Tesla Inc., yea, that’s right. The name Tesla was gotten from the famous historic inventor, Nikolas Tesla.
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Tesla’s electric car parts are manufactured and assembled at the company’s factory in Fremont, California. Various models of Tesla cars are produced all electric vehicles. These are:
- Tesla Model S
- Tesla Model Y
- Tesla Model X
- Tesla Model 3
Up till now, only Tesla Model S has been spotted in Nigeria. In this article, we bring to you a detailed review of the Tesla Model S.
Tesla Model S
When speaking of luxury cars with good performance and smooth ride, then don’t look too far; the Tesla Model S electric vehicle is a perfect example. Let’s start with the interior design.
Tesla Model S Interior
The Model S offers a breath-taking interior design with a panoramic glass roof, a rearview camera and a 17-inch touch-screen infotainment system with an 11-speaker stereo, satellite radio, wireless device charging, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The doors open to a spacious interior with convenient seating capacity of 5 people with a cargo capacity of 8 cu ft.
The Tesla Model S can be either the long Range trim or the performance trim (although, the Plaid trim is in the making). The long-range trim has in-built safety systems such as automatic emergency braking, front and side collision warnings. Unlike the long-range trim which has a non-self autopilot system, the performance trim has an improved autopilot system that offers active driver’s assistance. It allows the car to seem to have a mind of its own, i.e steer, brake, and accelerate on its own.
Engine, Transmission, And Performance
Unlike regular petrol-powered cars where power is gradually gained to begin moving, the performance of the Tesla Model S is such that as soon as it is ignited, it zooms off immediately. Whoosh!
The Model S offers a full-time all-wheel-drive (AWD), such that acceleration is uniform on all wheels. Long-range Model S can attain an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.7s and a top speed at 155mph; with an estimated range of 412miles. The Performance Model S has an even travel 0-60mph at 2.4s.
Two electric motors (one at the front and the other at the back) are responsible for the immense power that sponsors the Tesla Model S performance. The electric motors generate a combined 534 hp and 557 lb-ft of torque, transferred to all four wheels with single-speed automatic transmission.
One of the impressive and outstanding innovations of Tesla cars is that you don’t have to spend a dime on gas or petrol to power. Tesla cars are powered by electricity or solar; this provides a cleaner source of generating energy and having a sustainable environment; since poisonous gases are not released into the environment. Tesla prides itself on being able to produce cars that go on long-distance electric travel.
Tesla has a very brilliant structure for their cars, and a single part wisely crafted to fit into its perfect place for optimal productivity. At the base of the Tesla Model S car is seated the powerful battery, which can power a 412 mile journey at a single full charge. The battery is carefully designed and placed underneath the floor of the car gives a low centre of gravity and evenly distributes its weight on every corner of the car.
Tesla cars come with cables to enable you to charge your car. You can charge anywhere, whether at the home, workplace or at public places. However, according to Tesla, charging at home or the workplace is recommended. To charge the Tesla Model S, Tesla provides A Tesla Wall Connector with a cable length of either 8.5’ or 24’.
However, when you are on a trip, Tesla Superchargers are your best bet for pumping power into your car. The battery has a capacity of 100kWh and can become fully charged between 4-8 hours depending on the voltage and current of light supplied.
Tesla Model S Price
Though Tesla Inc. electric vehicles have no dealership in Nigeria at the moment; they can be ordered directly from Tesla to be shipped down to Nigeria. This is one of the brilliant initiatives of Tesla Inc., allowing customers to buy directly from the company, bypassing dealers. The Tesla Model S Long Range costs approximately ₦34.3 million – $72,990 while the Tesla Model S Performance price starts at ₦47 million – $99,990.
Be aware that Tesla updates the Model S on an ongoing basis rather than by model year, hence this results in an update of the features of the car which can affect the prices.
Brief Reviews And Prices Of Other Tesla Cars;
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 is a sleek car, just like all Tesla luxury sedans, with a state–of–the–art interior design. The car comes with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive (AWD) with an acceleration of 0.60mph at 3.1s and a top speed of 162mph for the performance trim and 0.60mph at 4.2secs for the Long Range trim. The electric vehicle has a seating capacity of 5 and a cargo capacity of 15cu ft.
Tesla Model 3 Performance trim costs ₦25.8 million – $54, 990 while the long-range trim costs ₦22 million – $46,990.
Tesla Model Y
Another of the lush models of Tesla Inc. is the Model Y Performance Trim which has a 68 cu ft cargo capacity and an all-wheel-drive dual motor. With a top speed of 155moh and an acceleration of 0.60mph at 3.5s, the Tesla Model Y can travel up to 303 miles at full cargo.
This Model Y Performance range comes at a starting price of ₦28.2 million – $59, 990 and the Long Range Trim at ₦23.5 million $49, 990.
Tesla Model X
With a top speed of 15mph, the Tesla Model X Long Range can travel an estimated distance of 360miles. The dual-motor all-wheel drive of the Tesla Model X has an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.8s. The spacious Model X has a sitting capacity for 7 individuals and cargo space of 88cu ft.
The starting price for a Model X Long Range is ₦42.3 million – $89,990.
Tesla Cars are a good brand of electric cars with excellent features that will grossly reduce the money spent on gas, petrol, or regular maintenance fee, peculiar with hybrid cars. Although currently; there are only minute numbers of Tesla cars on the streets, we look forward to seeing an increase in electric cars on the streets of Nigeria.
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