2012 Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S has 265 miles electric range, 89 MPGe, per official EPA ratings

With the Model S launch around the corner, the EPA released the official ratings today, confirming the numbers Tesla published last month, unless ones mind remembered the other, much higher, range rating claimed by Tesla.

With the impending official launch of the Tesla Model S, the EPA released its official ratings of that electric car. The ratings fall in line with the estimates Tesla published over a month ago, and validate that Tesla achieved its range and efficiency goals for the Model S. With the EPA ratings in hand we can now compare the Model S to other all electric luxury cars, if there were any.

The EPA ratings were released for the regular version of the Model S, with a base price of $77,400. It has an 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack, does 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, a top speed of over 120 miles/hr, and begins shipping this summer following the 1,000 Signature series cars.

The official EPA ratings are: 89 miles/gallon equivalent (combined), 88 MPGe (city) and 90 MPGe (highway), based on consuming 38 kilowatt hours per 100 miles (combined). The cost to drive 25 miles is $1.25, and the EPA forsees an annual fuel cost of $700. The official EPA driving range is 265 miles, and will take 12 hours to recharge at 240 volts.


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Thank you for the accuracy of your article regarding the range differences. You are absolutely right there are other sites that say Tesla missed their target or misrepresented information to the public.
"The charging time reported by the EPA requires a much longer time than the other electric cars, because of the relatively huge battery pack." This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine, the time taken to charge your car is unrelated to the size of the battery pack, it is only related to the charge used since the last recharge. Most people will plug their vehicles in daily either at home or at work or both. If you have driven 40 miles since your last charge it will take the exact same amount of time to recharge regardless of whether it is a 80kwh battery or a 20kwh battery.
I agree that this is misleading. I wish they would instead rate the cars speed of recharge in miles per hour. The LEAF typically charges at 12-15 miles per hour on a Level 2 charger. That makes more sense than saying it takes 7 hours from empty. I've never exceeded a 5 hour charge from empty to full.
Rob, When we talk of "recharge time" it is the time to recharge from complete discharge using the standard charger. This time is related to two things: the charge rate of the charger, and the size of the battery pack. JP, On Tesla's website they do rate it by the speed of recharging in miles per hour of charging. I often bring that into the articles I write.