Tesla’s Model S the "Car of the Year"

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The all electric Tesla Model S was recently named the 2013 World Green Car at the New York International Auto Show, beating 21 new vehicles from all over the world, including notable finalists the Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid. The decision was made by a jury of 66 motoring journalists from 23 countries. The Model S was described by them as the “car for everyone.”

“There have only been two pure electric cars with a sensible range, and both have been made by Tesla,” the jury said. “Its Roadster would go at least 180 miles and the Model S a lot further than that. It also seats up to seven, is almost supercar swift… [and is] as practical as a family sedan.” Starting at over $62,000, “it’s not cheap, but certainly isn’t expensive for what it does,” they added.

Also honored as the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, the Tesla Model S became the first vehicle in the 64-year history of the award not powered by an internal combustion engine. With a reported 250 patents created in its making, an AC-induction motor based on the work of Nikola Tesla nearly 150 years ago and a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 265-mile range for its 85kWh battery model, Motor Trend praised the Tesla Model S as “one of the quickest American four-doors ever built…smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce… and more efficient than a Toyota Prius,” adding that “the mere fact the Tesla Model S exists at all is a testament to innovation and entrepreneurship, the very qualities that once made the American automobile industry the largest, richest, and most powerful in the world…America can still make things. Great things.”

Tesla announced earlier this month that it exceeded its sales quota for this year’s first quarter and has also just achieved its largest single purchase through Zappos’ new downtown Las Vegas project, Project 100, which aims to revitalize the city with 100% electric or green transportation. To date, Tesla has sold about 10,000 electric cars to customers in 31 countries. In an effort to optimize sales, Tesla is currently working to open its own dealerships in states like Texas.

“The success of Model S is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of sustainable transport and we are grateful to the World Car of the Year Jury for the recognition,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. “Tesla is here to stay and keep fighting for the electric car revolution.”