No one said you could be a volt-head. But now you can. Because there’s something called the Tesla.

Many of you know some of the electrical cars that exist today. There’s the Toyota Prius, which looks like the designers developed the car in the dark with their non-dominant hand. Then there’s the Nissan Leaf whose range is shorter than the distance I could walk. There had never been an electric car that people bought for other than the reason that they were trying to be green. Until the Tesla.

Now that’s a car with range comparable to a gasoline car, and with looks that grab your attention too. The Tesla official website says that it can travel 436 kilometres on one charge, comparing to the dismal 135 kilometres by the Leaf. But here’s the thing about the Tesla. I actually want one. Elon Musk has managed to revive the electric car around, by making its performance similar to that of a gasoline car. And has made it in a way that conceals the fact that its electric. Oh, I forgot to mention that it was fast as hell. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, and has a top speed of about 200 km/h. Producing 0 tailpipe emissions in the process.

Now people will argue that the downfall of the electric is it takes too long to charge. Well, I’m happy to say its not so bad anymore. Using the Tesla supercharge, it takes 1 hour to fill up your charge. So next time you’re taking a road trip and need to charge up your Tesla, just stop for a coffee too. But they have already announced improvements to cut it down to 40 minutes. And they won’t stop there. Tesla’s chief technology officer, JB Straubel says that they aim to charge the car in less than 10 minutes. But until then there are other options too, like battery swapping. How does that work? Well drivers would pull into existing Tesla stations and trade in their drained batteries for fully charged ones. And the station would then connect them to a solar generator that would replenish the drained batteries for later trades. And swapping the batteries takes less than 5 minutes.

Image Credit M 93, Flickr, Creative Commons 2.0

Image Credit M 93, Flickr, Creative Commons 2.0 Generic

The Tesla has now broken the barrier that separated the electric car and the gasoline car. It can be green and look good. And thanks to Tesla, BMW have now begun producing the i3, with Mercedes-Benz and Audi both working on electric cars. This is a change that won’t happen overnight, but it’s a start and it’s a good one. This is a big adjustment for the big automotive companies like BMW, as they are so dependant on the combustion car. With that being said, BMW has already invested $2.7 billion in producing the new ‘i’ range of electric cars, including the i3 and i8, (BMW i3 pictured above). And other large automotive companies are looking to invest in this alternative as well, as it will be mutually beneficial to everyone. It has opened the window for supercars too. Although Porsche and McLaren have not developed a fully electric car, they have made hybrids, and that is a huge step in the automotive industry. Both the Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1 maintain the grit and power of the supercars, but have added the eco-friendly aspect of motoring too. These are going to be the cars of tomorrow, and I may say we have something to look forward to. 

The future of the car looks bright and green, all thanks to the Tesla.

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