NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I have now been able to drive the $87,900 (and up) Tesla (TSLA - Get Report) Model S in my own neighborhood, on the same winding roads where I drive other electric cars every day. As such, this article is the first comparison test for the Tesla Model S, in which it goes up against the Chevrolet (GM - Get Report) Volt and other cars.Let us start with a basic review of the Tesla Model S. It is a large hatchback with a 362- or 416-horsepower electric motor, 440 or 600 nm worth of torque, sitting between the rear wheels. The 85-kWh battery is embedded in the floor of the car, just like a giant iPad that's 5 inches thick. The EPA-certified average range is 265 miles.
Tesla Model S vs. the Competition: Test Drive
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