When the California “high speed” rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too. How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world? Note, I am hedging my statement slightly by saying “one of”. The head of the California high speed rail project called me to complain that it wasn’t the very slowest bullet train nor the very most expensive per mile.
You may have heard recently about an article written by John Broder from The New York Times that makes numerous claims about the performance of the Model S. We are upset by this article because it does not factually represent Tesla technology, which is designed and tested to operate well in both hot and cold climates. Indeed, our highest per capita sales are in Norway, where customers drive our cars during Arctic winters in permanent midnight, and in Switzerland, high among the snowy Alps.
This winter Model S took a trip to Baudette, Minnesota, one of the coldest places in the continental United States. Tesla engineers worked for days in sub-zero weather in order to put Model S through a rigorous set of demanding winter driving tests.
The Year of Model S is here. As we conduct quality testing, refine details and enter production of Model S, we are growing more excited every day to deliver this revolutionary car to our customers. Tesla’s Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen and Vice President of Sales and Ownership Experience George Blankenship discuss how Tesla reimagined the sedan and produced a car with meticulous design and unrivaled driving dynamics.
From enhancing performance and tuning the suspension to quieting the interior and optimizing efficiency, Tesla engineers are applying knowledge gained from Alpha testing as they begin building Beta vehicles. Get a sneak peek at the first footage of multiple Model S Alpha sedans having fun together on the track.
Most visitors to Tesla Headquarters in Palo Alto probably don’t notice it. On the way to the front entrance, a building houses Tesla technicians and engineers busily testing and analyzing the Model S Alpha fleet.
Model S, engineered from the ground as an EV, is meticulously designed for superior aerodynamics, stability and handling, crash safety, performance and range. Before Model S enters production it will have been thoroughly tested using both computer simulations and test vehicles. Tesla will complete two vehicle testing phases, Alpha and Beta. The Alpha phase began in 2010.
Tesla is recognized as a leader in quality and innovation for its electric powertrain engineering and battery technology. Tesla design is known for its unique refusal to compromise beauty or efficiency. Not yet widely known is Tesla’s revolutionary approach to vehicle engineering.
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Tesla had many stories to tell. We displayed three cars, each representing a facet of the Tesla story. VIN 1000 embodied a significant production milestone. The Road Trip Roadster, filthy from its drive to Detroit, was a testament to the durability and toughness of our technology. The Model S symbolized Tesla’s future – the ruby red car dazzled media, fans, and industry leaders alike.