If Tesla’s new top-of-the-range really displays the advertised range and performance, electric cars may well enter a new era.
Initially, Tesla only marketed a minimalist sports car aimed at a small customer base. But since 2012, the American electric car specialist has been selling models for the general public, the most recent innovations of which are finally becoming affordable. The Model 3 family sedan, for example, now trades from € 36,800 once the ecological bonus is deducted.. But Elon Musk, the billionaire visionary behind Tesla, is also very interested in models at the absolute cutting edge of current technology. The new Model S Plaid + (€ 139,990), a very high-end evolution of the large Tesla sedan that appeared in 2012, indeed presents a technical sheet to make the best German manufacturers pale.
Faster than the best supercars on the planet
Equipped with three electric motors, this unique Model S Plaid + boasts a maximum power of 1,100 horsepower. By comparison, the most powerful Porsche Taycan is content with 761 available horsepower for just 2.5 seconds (or 625 horsepower the rest of the time). Thanks to the specificity of electric motors, producing maximum performance from the first turn of the wheel, the sedan can go from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 2.1 seconds. This number simply leaves the best sports cars on the planet behind.. Take a Bugatti Chiron for example, the ultimate supercar with its 1,500 horsepower engine and all-wheel drive: the latter requires 2.3 seconds in its most efficient version. A heavy family sedan, capable of carrying five people in comfortable conditions, as fast as an ultra-sporty billionaire? This is what Elon Musk promises.
A Paris-Marseille in one go!
But the most astounding figure in this data sheet concerns maximum autonomy. Tesla refuses for the moment to give details on the battery of the car, but the mark announces “840 km of autonomy on a single charge”. Knowing that the most generous electric car on the market at this level (the Model S “Grand Autonomie”), until now, it was satisfied with 663 kilometers, this is a spectacular advance. For the first time in history, an electric car would be able to go from Paris to Marseille in one go. And to ensure the blow, a simple quick charge of 10 minutes halfway would be enough to avoid any risk of running out of fuel. Knowing that maximum autonomy is still one of the main blocking points for some motorists, this figure would undoubtedly convince those most reluctant to electric technology.
Ultra-powerful fast terminals in preparation
These extraordinary capacities would obviously be nothing without an adequate recharging network. Because with such large batteries (probably close to 200 kWh or double the best luxury cars currently), very high power terminals are needed to fill them to 80% without spending hours there. Fortunately, in France, researchers of electrical technology specialists like EDF are also studying charging systems using higher powers and voltages than ever before: we are talking in particular of terminals with a power of 350 kW which will soon be accessible! This research allows us to glimpse a future where neither the autonomy nor the charging times of electric vehicles will ever be a problem again.. Internally, Tesla is even working on a new 600 kW system, which would recover more than 600 kilometers of range in half an hour. Of course, no one has yet been able to get behind the wheel of this famous Tesla Model S Plaid + whose production will start at the end of 2021. And Elon Musk’s spectacular announcements have sometimes been followed by a little delay. But recent history shows that in general, this high-tech visionary often gets his way.