In the time it takes a Toyota Camry to do 0-60 mph, a video of Tesla’s P90D can rip from 0-100.
Timed on a public road under cover of night, the 762-horsepower all-wheel-drive car did the run in 7.76 seconds. Its 0-60 time was just 2.85 seconds meaning riders on literbikes better be pretty good if they want to win against this car that launches with brute force.
Aside from entertainment for YouTube patrons to discuss, and at times enter into insulting barb-filled rhetoric with fellow strangers, this speed potential is being called a selling point for the automaker.
Tesla is producing cars that beat gas cars’ biggest claims to fame and is garnering attention for EVs. It does not tell people to break the law, but does imply the cars can do it with exceeding ease. It does not tell people to waste energy and on the contrary says its cars save energy, which they can, but the electricity to make a 5,000-pound car run like this one does is far more than a Nissan Leaf requires for ordinary driving requirements.
These observations, various commenters have said, mean that super quick EVs have gone far beyond earlier assumptions that EVs were more about frugal and utilitarian transportation.
Actually, sensibilities vary all over the map from some rolling their eyes, to some saying blink-fast acceleration is pointless (and illegal on public roads), to others saying they want more speed.
The cars do look like an awful lot of fun, and have captured the fascination of many, including those who’d otherwise never consider an ordinary EV like a Leaf. So that is a good thing, right?
Tonight the new Model X crossover will be released to the first few “founders” at the company’s factory, and its P90D version will be nearly as quick, though a couple tenths slower than the S, according to Tesla.
Astonishing speed potential is a unique selling point, along with all the other benefits of EVs.
Is this helping the cause? Is it wholly positive, fraught with mixed messages, not so good, or what?