Tesla technology miles ahead of auto industry

Tesla technology miles ahead of auto industry

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Jessica Bonacci, Asst. Opinion Editor

What goes 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and gets the equivalent of eighty-seven miles per gallon? The answer, discovered by Consumer Reports, is the Tesla Model S P85D.

This car isn’t just another one of Tesla’s luxury designs. Well, it is. What really separates this sedan from the rest, however, is its rating from Consumer Reports. Basically, the updated Model S broke the scale.

Usually, cars are given a rating up to a perfect 100. The P85D astonishingly received a beyond-perfect score of 103. But how is this possible?

According to Consumer Reports, “the car set a new benchmark, so we had to make changes to our scoring to account for it. Those changes didn’t affect the scores of other cars.”

Though I probably will not be getting behind the wheel of a Tesla anytime soon, since the cost of the car currently exceeds my college budget, I can get behind the technology inside. Energy-efficiency isn’t just for environmentalists anymore. It’s the future of the automotive industry and the best option for consumers.

With what can be considered ninety miles per gallon, these all-electric cars have the potential to save immense amounts of fossil fuels. As many know, the burning of fossil fuels is one of the factors that contributes to environmental damage.

Right now, saving the trees comes with a streamlined look and high cost, but I don’t doubt that a more affordable model will come about sooner or later. (Especially since Tesla head Elon Musk revealed on Twitter the unveiling of the more affordable Model 3 set for March 2016.)

The mechanics inside the P85D also allow for a greater level of safety.  Tesla Motors reports “much of its [Model S] safety is owed to the unique electric drivetrain that sits beneath the car’s aluminum occupant cell in its own subframe.” In simpler terms, new electric technology makes the car safer.

It is hard to argue against the benefits of driving a completely electric car. Tesla has revolutionized the energy-efficient auto business to the point where it is hard to tell the difference between a gas-powered and an electric sedan. Hopefully, the use of clean technology will become mainstream sooner rather than later.

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