For the first time in it’s history Motor Trend magazine has named an electric car as it’s 2013 car of the year. The Tesla Model S won the award The 2013 Motor for being: “One of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius”.
On Monday, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk rounded up Tesla fans to celebrate the winning in NYC, “Our aspiration with the Model S was to show that an electric car truly can be better than any gasoline car, which is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of sustainable transport,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. “Nothing illustrates this more clearly than winning Motor Trend’s Car of the Year by unanimous decision against a field of exceptional competitors.” Tainting the celebration is the actual production of the car that is lagging behind. As of now there are a couple of hundreds of drivers that pre ordered the car and are still waiting for delivery, and only about 300 cars have actually been delivered.
For 2013 Tesla is focusing on broader deployment of its Supercharger Network that launched in California two months ago. The chargers allow Tesla owners to rapidly charge their cars using solar power. In a NYT interview, the Tesla team declared that soon it will open the first charging station on the Boston- Washington DC route, with the hope it will abate some of the range anxiety fears current opponents have and convince them to dump the pump.