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Santa Ynez pairs with the Tesla
Chances are you have heard of and maybe even spotted one on the road…an electric automobile that has taken green driving to a new level, the Tesla. With styling that is said to rival the BMW and Jaguar, Tesla Motors has produced an all-electric vehicle that arguably may set the new standard for the next generation of cars. Produced by Silicon Valley-based Tesla Motors, and headed by PayPal co-founder, Elon Musk, these high performance electric cars are approaching near ‘celebrity’ status. The name Tesla is a direct reference to the famous inventor and electrical engineer, Nikola Tesla and the primary deign of their first sport model is actually based on the inventor’s 1881 design.
Tesla sightings are plastered all over social media platforms across the web and here is what the buzz is all about:
- How do you charge a Tesla? Simply plug it in, anywhere. Where there’s an outlet, you can charge.
There are four basic charge options: the standard 120-volt wall outlet found in every household, the 240-volt outlet (found at hotels, businesses, even your house – think basic clothes dryer), and FREE public supercharging stations conveniently found near restaurants and user-friendly spots along highways. Currently there are 27 stations across the country and by the end of the year coast to coast travel will public accessible charging stations will be possible. The fourth option,coming soon, is a full public battery swap.
- How long does it take to charge a Tesla? It depends on the type of charger utilized.
The most convenient time to charge is at night, when it’s parked in your garage. Although there are a few options depending on the Tesla model and charging choice (upgraded options are available which speed up the process), by the time you wake up in the morning, you will be ready to hit the road. Public supercharging stations allow Tesla owners to get an 80 per cent charge in just 30 minutes. That’s about the same amount of time as you’d spend having lunch during a road trip.
The battery swap option which involves exchanging your battery for a fully charged battery in less than half the time it takes to refill a gas tank. 93 seconds to be exact. Really. These public battery-swap bays should be constructed by the end of 2013, and the service will cost $60 to $80 plus an additional fee if you want to keep the new battery, which has a fresh warranty. You can also return for the pack you turned in, presumably on the return leg of your trip, and avoid the fee while Tesla recharges it in the meantime.
- How far can it run on that charge? It varies depending on the battery capacity in your Tesla. The largest battery supplies 300 miles of range at 55 MPH; and just like in a gas powered car, it also depends how you drive. Currently, Model S owners who show up at Tesla’s network of quick-charge “supercharger” stations can get enough juice for 180 miles in about 30 minutes for free.
- How ‘green’ is it really? ZERO emissions. Traditional gas powered cars have only one source of fuel, non-renewable oil. Tesla’s electric cars potentially source a variety of renewable energy options such as hydroelectric, natural gas, biomass wind, solar, and geothermal. As our nation’s electricity grows cleaner and as the grid shifts to more efficient technologies and uses more renewable sources, electric vehicles toll on our environment will drop even further.
- What’s it like to drive? This is where the swag comes in to play. As you approach your Tesla with your ‘key’ and the door handles extend to greet you, the tone is set. There is no “start” button. The motor starts with a simple tap on the brake and the only noise you hear is the hum of the performance tires on the highway. Then there is the entire roof construction complete with innovative technology that delivers a convertible-like drive experience every day. On even the hottest days, 81% of the heat is blocked. Don’t forget to download the corresponding model app to schedule and monitor charging, pre-condition your car on very hot or cold days, and even honk the horn to find your car in a crowded parking lot, all from your smartphone! Finally, when you arrive at your destination, you just get out of the car; it turns itself off and locks up as you leave. Did we mention 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds?
- Additional bonuses – Currently there is a $7,500 federal tax credit available and many local governments offer additional incentives like free parking, special charging rates, and HOV lane access. Forget oil changes, smog checks, and spark plugs too! Plus many public charging stations are equipped with solar panels to offset energy use and provide a zero emission recharge. Over time, Tesla plans to add solar canopies to all supercharger stations.
“ For the first time since anyone can remember, this year’s winner was a unanimous choice. Not a single judge had any doubts about the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year.”
— Motor Trend, November 12, 2012
The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is proud to be a part of this evolution! As one of the first of many Tesla super charging stations in the nation, we welcome guests to experience the fastest charge on the planet! Although we cannot guarantee a Tesla sighting, chances are good you will have the opportunity to witness what just may be the car will globally revolutionize the way we think of driving.