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This Is How Little Energy a Tesla Model S Consumes in a Drag Race

Tesla Model S outdragging a BMW M5. Picture (c) Motortrend

When you race someone, a normal petrol-powered car will act normally: on acceleration it will sip a lot of gas, on deceleration it will heat the brakes up to the melting point (at times). DragTimes has shown what an electric Tesla Model S does in such a situation.

Well, when you accelerate it eats electricity, but the regenerative braking system brings back almost half of the energy spent on acceleration, which is amazing, because if on a Viper you spend $0.60 worth of gas on a quarter mile, in a Tesla you’ll only consume 0.5 kWh – that translates to a few pennies at the actual U.S. electricity rates.

So DragTimes concluded you can thrash an 85 kWh Performance Model S for 150 times until you need a recharge. More or less… but it’s still good, if you take into account the fact that for a Model S charging is free and it accelerates to 60 in about 4.1 seconds, thus outperforming mostly anything on the road (well, not a Veyron, but it’s close).

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Ovidiu has always been a fan of technology and Captain Planet. Unable to ignore the technical possibilities that exist nowadays, he started collecting and blogging about the most interesting news out there and saw that there were a lot of people interested in the same that stuff he was.

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