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Old 07-09-2012, 02:05 PM
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OT: Tesla S getting great reviews so far...


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The Model S indeed, high-performance electric vehicles in general-will take some getting used to, even a new vocabulary. We currently don't have a good term for EVs' distinctive concentration of mass, with batteries slung low as possible and centroid to the vehicle. While traction batteries are heavy, and mass is bad for acceleration and agility, the lower center-of-gravity often compensates with higher levels of cornering, especially when a car wears rubber like the Signature Performance edition's sticky 21-inch summer tires. How about "corner-levering mass"?

Whatever, the Tesla's got it in spades. The car's flat, floorpan-mounted battery pack (85 kWh) accounts for about 30% of the significant total vehicle weight, 4,642 pounds. And yet, with a C-of-G comparable to that of a Ford GT supercar, the Tesla corners like it's tethered with magic. What do you call that?
Wall Street Journal, of all places...

Both reviews emphasize that it's a great car, not a great electric gimmick in a fair/middling car. Exactly the kind of metric I'm sure BMW will try for. After they've let Tesla lead the way/Fisker take the falls.
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