In the 1970’s, Oprah Winfrey set out to work in the media, landing her first gig as a news anchor in Nashville, Tennessee. In the early 1980’s, Winfrey packed up and moved to Chicago to take over a talk show, and became the highest rated in the city within just a few months. The growth in popularity landed Winfrey her own syndicated talk show (“The Oprah Winfrey Show”) that would become a massive hit. For 25 years, Winfrey hosted the program, and it made her incredibly wealthy to the point where she’s become a multibillionaire worth more than $3 billion.
In 2015, Winfrey became one of the celebrities that has gone toward a more environmentally friendly ride, opting for a Tesla Model S. Tesla first released this model back in June of 2012, and the head turning electric car has been in production ever since. When the first Model S was introduced, they were selling right around the $100,000 mark. The price has gone down in recent years, and a newer model costs about $68,000 for the stock model.
The type of Model S that Winfrey drives is the 2016 edition, which was when the vehicle became the most popular plug-in electric car in the world. A lot of people are trying to get their hands on a Model S, especially as it’s come down in price. Not only does the Model S have great gas mileage, but it also has top notch performance. That’s something you probably wouldn’t expect from an electric car.
At a curb weight of just over 4,600 pounds, the Model S can reach an impressive top speed of 155 miles per hour, reaching 60 miles per hour from a stand in just 2.8 seconds. That’s faster than a lot of the luxury cars that we’ve seen in the past decade from makers such as Ferrari or Lamborghini. Not only that, but the Model S is whisper quiet thanks to an all-electric engine that hardly makes a sound despite a whopping 532 horsepower.
With no fuel tank at all, you have to depend purely on electricity, and the battery is able to drive you for more than 200 miles without needing to be recharged. It takes about four hours to charge from completely empty to full, and it can be plugged into most household outlets. There are also supercharger stations in larger cities with more vehicles on the road, and these stations can give you 170 miles in just 30 minutes.
Tesla estimates that if you want to drive 300 miles, you’ll need to charge for about 10 and a half hours in a 9.6 kilowatt outlet. If you’re able to use a more efficient wall connector at 17.2 kilowatts, it only takes about 5 hours and 45 minutes. The total electrical cost is only about $12, saving you more than $25 in gas each time. Finding one of those superchargers will save you time and money, getting a full 300 miles charge in 75 minutes.
The Model S features just a single speed transmission, so you don’t have to worry about shifting gears at any point. There’s plenty of room in this five passenger vehicle, too, giving people in the front more than 42 inches of legroom. It’s a comfortable and quiet ride that’s perfect for daily commuting, and even on road trips if you go along a route that has the Tesla superchargers. Those that drive a lot will find that the car eventually pays for itself in money that was saved in gasoline.
Instead of using carbon fiber like a lot of other luxury cars, Tesla opted for a lightweight aluminum body for the Model S with tinted windows and a glass roof. The lights on the Tesla are LED so that they don’t consume as much battery power, keeping you on the road for longer. The suspension is also state of the art, as it features a GPS to figure out your location, adjusting the ride height for maximum comfort and safety.
Once you get inside of the Model S, you’ll notice some pretty standard seating that you’d come to expect in most common cars. There’s not as much flash and panache as other cars in its price range, but does have some nice features such as heated seats and some nice interior lighting. Most Model S vehicles are equipped with black leather, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t park in the sun for too long.
To save electricity you won’t be finding a massive speaker system, but there are still seven speakers that use 200 watts, and it’s actually not too bad for what you get. You can play your own music through the Bluetooth setup, operating on the large 17 inch touchscreen between the driver and passenger seats. That monitor comes in handy when you’re using the high definition backup camera, giving you a nice glimpse of what’s around you.
One amazing feature that Tesla has rolled out is the ability to update your car without taking it into a dealer. That’s right, updates can be automatically sent to your car. Through this technology, Tesla has been able to add features such as collision avoidance and automatic braking to drivers around the world. No other manufacturer is able to boast that about their vehicles, cementing Tesla’s place as the car of the future.
Tesla’s are also incredibly safe, earning perfect scores on their safety test, meaning that the only thing that’s really holding people back from buying one is the price. The newest 2018 edition can get 335 miles, which is yet another increase from previous years, and the starting price is set at $68,000, which isn’t a decrease from the previous year. However, prices remaining steady is a good sign when the vehicle itself is getting more efficient without costing more.
Winfrey isn’t the only celebrity driving a Tesla these days, but she’s certainly the biggest name of the bunch. When she purchased her Model S, there was an increase in sales for the rest of the year. This is known as the “Oprah Effect,” which has been talked about by economists for years. When Winfrey endorses a product, sales start to climb as she gives it the seal of approval. Tesla just happens to be one of the latest to get the treatment, and for good reason!