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The Tesla Model S Comes To MPG Car Rental





LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- It's not every day that you even get to look at – much less drive – a car that is poised to make some real history, but that's exactly what the discerning customers of green automotive specialist MPG Car Rental can do with a simple car rental of the Tesla Model S. A hybrid car rental may be exciting and green enough for many, but the entirely electric 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year is something else again.

Tesla founder Elon Musk has said that the Model S was intended to be not only to be the best all-electric car on the road but best car on the road, period. With all due respect to an impressive Chevy Volt rental, the automotive experts agree that the Model S offers an all-electric experience that surpasses just about every car now on the road – electric, hybrid, or traditional.

MPG Car Rental has made its name as the place for either a turbo-charged diesel, plug-in, or hybrid rental for Los Angeles and Southern California. Based in the green-conscious beachside community of Venice, MPG is committed to providing environmentally conscious L.A. residents and visitors access to the finest sustainable automotive technology currently available.  Offering the Tesla Model S to customers is the next logical step in the agency's commitment to offering the broadest selection of green automobiles of any rental agency.

Critics have been effusive in their praise of the car's power – it can reach 60 mph in 4 seconds – as well as its handling and safety. From a green perspective, naturally the car is cleaner than any traditional or hybrid vehicle because it does not emit any exhaust, but its efficiency is equally off the charts where the rubber really meets the road when it comes to carbon footprint.  The staff of Motor Trend estimates that Model S averaged the electric equivalent of 74.5 miles per gallon during normal city driving and an amazing 118 mpg on a Las Vegas to Los Angeles road trip. Featuring technology first envisioned in the late 19 th century by legendary inventor Nikola Tesla, the Tesla Model S can be powered by widely available wall current as well as at a growing number of charging stations nationwide. It's much discussed range goes as high as 265 miles, as certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

There is no doubt about the historical status of the Model S. The first vehicle awarded the coveted Motor Trend Car of the Year without an internal combustion engine, the car is marked by innovation at every turn. Tesla states that some 250 patents have been awarded for various design features of the car and more are pending – many of them are part of the car's amazing selection of features operated via its dashboard touchscreen.

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