Previously, we reviewed the history of Tesla, Inc. In this video we’ll talk about all the models produced as of the publication date, as well as future models the brand is planning to produce.
So sit back and buckle up because today we’ll be taking a ride in the fastest model, the big T brand has to offer. You know what I’m talking about.
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Tesla Roadster (1st gen)
We start our list with the brand’s first production model back in 2006. The Tesla Roadster took the base design and some mechanical components from the Lotus Elise to present itself as the first 100% electric sports car.
Its first version included a 3-speed automatic gearbox which was later dropped for a single-speed BorgWarner transmission for models after 2007. This is accompanied by a 248 hp three-phase electric motor. Models from 2009 onwards received a boost to 288 horsepower.
The Roadster came with a 53 kWh battery that delivered a range of 200 to 250 miles for the 2006 model, 244 miles for the 2009 to 2010 models, and the final 2014 version with 400 miles.
The car’s instantaneous torque, which remains constant for as long as you accelerate, takes it from 0 to 60 in just under 4 seconds. Reaching a top speed of 125 mph.
Production of the Roadster ended in 2012 after Lotus terminated the contract to ship Elise platforms to Tesla’s production plant in California, though it got a final refresh in 2014 when it received a new battery pack, new wheels, and improved aerodynamics.
A second-generation was announced to go into production, but we’ll talk about that later.
Tesla Model S 2022
Currently, Tesla has 4 production models for sale on its website, so let’s start with the brand’s flagship car: the Model S.
The current 2022 version is the most elaborate, powerful, and longest-range version Tesla has ever brought to market. It comes with almost 412 miles of range, depending on the model, and 1020 hp in the Plaid version. F1 performance in a 4-seat sedan sounds safe, doesn’t it?
Another highlight of the Model S is its semi-autonomous driving system. So what’s new for the 2022 model? Well, it comes in 2 versions: Long Range and the extra-limited Plaid. It comes with a new design to refresh the sedan’s lines and new interior styling.
The Long Range is expected to increase its price to just over £81,500, while the Plaid comes in at £112,500. The 2 electric motors dedicated to each drive axle remain, but the Plaid includes a third motor, and both retain the permanent 4WD transmission.
This makes it accelerate from 0 to 60 in about 2.1 seconds. Yes, you heard that right, 2.1 seconds. And, yes, we’re talking dragster territory in a 4-door EV.
Speaking of passengers, the minimalist interior comes equipped with enough infotainment to make those long drives on Motorways more enjoyable.
Tesla Model 3 2022
The 2022 Model 3 is next on the list. With a much more affordable price tag of just under £39,500, it is the mainstream EV within the reach of the average person. It comes in 3 versions: Standard Rear-Wheel Drive, Long Range, and Performance.
Of these three, the Long Range with its 358 miles of range will be enough for any driver. Oh! And it starts from £45,500. However, each is equipped with a sat-nav, heated seats, and the Tesla Autodrive semi-autonomous driving system.
The 0-60 varies for each version. The RWD and Long Range versions reach 60 mph in 5 seconds, while the Performance version does it in just over 3 seconds. Insane figures for a sedan.
It’s worth noting that each model comes with different options for recharging the batteries. Tesla charging stations, public charging stations, and home charging stations can be used.
Inside, we find the brand’s signature feature: minimalism taken to the extreme, and all controls and functions are located on the central command screen. But it’s not all performance and minimalism in this EV; there’s also enough boot space to carry 15 carry-on suitcases with the rear seats folded down.
In terms of infotainment, it comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Unfortunately, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay cannot be installed.
It does include other forms of entertainment, though, such as Netflix, YouTube, and an arcade to play games while you wait for recharging time inside the Model 3.
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Tesla Model X 2022
This is the brand’s first SUV, which also includes a Plaid version with the same performance as the Model S Plaid, but with larger dimensions.
To begin with, the design is almost similar to the rest of the brand, but it stands out above all for having 3 rows of seats and its gull-wing doors at the rear. With this, it covers the utilitarian part of the SUV name, but is it sporty enough?
The Plaid version comes with 3 electric motors that, when added together, can deliver up to 1020 hp and 0-60 acceleration in just 2.5 seconds according to the brand. The driving sensations are quite acceptable, considering the Model X is built from the Model S platform.
So, yes, it’s sporty enough. But if you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to take a powered dragster on the streets, the base version also comes with good performance figures.
It comes with 2 electric motors, one on each axle, which takes the Model X from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds. Although a little slower in acceleration, the base version has a longer range with a set of batteries that give it 351 miles of range compared to the Plaid’s 335 miles.
The interior, minimalist from roof to floor, comes with the typical full-function horizontal display and navigation system.
As for the price, be prepared, because this electric SUV is anything but cheap. The base version is priced from £95,000, while the Plaid version goes up to around £115,000. For this price, some users have been annoyed with the poor attention to detail of the interiors.
But that’s something the Tesla guys won’t be shy about fixing when they introduce updated versions. We know Elon is always finding ways to improve his products.
Tesla Model Y 2022
After the sales success of the Model 3, Tesla included a crossover version with the best of the Model 3 but at a larger size and with better performance. The Model Y, available for £53,000, is direct competition to similar EVs such as the Ford Mach E and VW ID.4.
The most notable advantage over the Model 3 is its greater practicality, the option to include a third row of seats for “only” an extra £2,500, and its two electric motors on each axle. Other features in common are the infotainment system functions and the central command screen.
The roof is made of sufficiently tinted glass so that occupants are not left to roast in the summer sun. For users who just want to enjoy a drive, the Long Range version with its 330 miles of range will be more than enough.
But for speed junkies, the Performance version goes from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph. As a bonus, it comes with a “Track mode” function to go out and beat times on a closed track. Pretty cool, huh?
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Tesla plans to produce a 100% electric truck by the end of 2023. Unveiled to the public in November 2017, the Semi will be Elon’s bid to compete with brands such as Scania and Volvo, the leaders in cargo truck production.
The Semi’s design is quite futuristic, with softened lines that offer less air resistance. Some say that to optimise aerodynamics, the rear-view mirrors will be removed and replaced with rear-view cameras.
On the performance front, Tesla claims the Semi will have a range of 500 miles, will have four electric motors on all four rear axles, and will be able to accelerate from 0-60 in 20 seconds on a full load. Without a load, it is expected to do 0-60 in 5 seconds. In the truck world, this number is the equivalent of sports car acceleration.
Torque and top speed figures are not yet known, but what we do know is that the electric motors to be used will be those of the Model 3, totalling almost 1000 hp. It is expected to use 4,680-cell batteries and an 800-volt electrical system to reduce recharging times.
In terms of interior design, the driver’s seat will be in a central position with two screens on either side showing all functionalities and status of the systems. And, of course, the design will be 100% minimalist. It will also come with automatic braking, forward collision warning, and autopilot if no driver input is detected.
This system will keep the Semi between lanes and find a safe place to park, then automatically call 911.
There is no doubt that the Semi will be a major revolution in the world of trucks.
The Tesla Cybertruck is Elon Musk’s next big bet in the world of pickups. With its rival, Rivian – a pickup model available for sale, and fully functional – the Cybertruck will be the big T’s answer to the market.
What’s new with the Cybertruck? Well, it will use 4,680-cell batteries to deliver a range of over 500 miles in its 3-motor version. It will have a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds and a 4-wheel drive. It will also go from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds.
If you’d like us to do an in-depth review of the Cybetruck, let me know in the comments.
Roadster (2nd gen)
And finally, the Roadster will return as a production model in the next few years. Tesla has already announced that it will produce the second-generation Roadster by 2021, although as of the date of publication of this video it has suffered several delays.
Designed based on the Model S, the new Roadster will rival cars like the McLaren 570S and will come with a permanent 4WD. Some say it will have a range of 620 miles and will come with 2 electric motors. When it was unveiled by Elon Musk in 2017, he claimed it will reach 250mph and have a 0-60 of 1.9 seconds.
Even though it is still a concept car, Tesla has already mentioned that the car will come in 2 versions: the base version for £163,000 and the Founders’ Edition version for £204,000.
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