granitekitchen Awards 2016: Luxury - Tesla Model S
26 January 2016
With its zero emissions, the Tesla Model S is an impressive proposition on paper, but it's even more impressive in reality, especially now that Tesla's supercharger network peppers most of Western Europe, with more than 30 sites across the UK.
This means it's already possible to travel all the way from London to Norway using the free rapid charger network while, by the end of the year, driving from the UK to Istanbul or the south of Spain using just superchargers should be a very real prospect.
However, to focus on Tesla's charging network is to do the Model S a disservice. The car offers up to 330 miles of all-electric range and is available with four-wheel drive, seven seats, and large front and rear boots. Its well equipped interior includes an enormous 17-inch tablet-style media system.
This has a satnav that usefully shows your nearest supercharger point, and tells you whether you have sufficient charge to get to it.
It's easy to look at the Model S purely as a piece of technology rather than as a car, but it drives beautifully - a substantial feat in itself - and offers astonishing acceleration, even in its less powerful incarnations. The prospect of reduced running costs for business users is simply the icing on the cake. A well-deserved win.