Tesla Model S Wins World Green Car of the Year Award in NY

Although Tesla Motors decided not to have an official display this year at the New York auto show, that has not prevented its Model S from being given the 2013 World Green Car of the Year Award.

Other cars in the running for the acknowledgement were the Renault Zoe, a five-door electric car, 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.”

Volvo had high hopes for its Euro market series/parallel plug-in wagon, had given a talk about it with words saying it was a top finalist for the award emblazoned across its door, but the Model S took the show without even being there.

This adds to the awards bestowed on the 85-kwh version Model S – the top-of-the-range in battery choices, and the one with the most impressive range and speed performance.

Its EPA-rated range is 265 miles, and it is able to sprint to 100 mph quicker than a 560-horsepower BMW M5 while using no gasoline.

The car was launched at a careful production pace on June 22, 2012, and has built up its legions of fans and well-wishers, not to mention new owners – now estimated at about 500 more each week.

Its story is as radical as the car itself. Tesla is making outsized waves as an American-based tech company in Silicon Valley and it continues to grow its brand and influence with what amounts to a single model. The Model S is available in configurations ranging from just over $57,000, and a fully loaded model out the door can cost upwards of $120,000.

In a few days we shall also see how the Model S is doing sales wise. It has been the second-best seller among cars that recharge by plugging in for January and February, and is believed to be in the running for a similar or better result in March.