Tesla Day: Video Roundup of the Tesla Model S Electric Car


Just for a bit of fun, we thought we’d call today Tesla Day and present a selection of cool videos on all things Tesla.

In this case, it’s the 4 wheeled Electric Dream – the Tesla Model S.

Our first video is Alex from Car Throttle with his P85 Model S test drive.

For you petrol heads who feel that going electric is sacrilegious, check out the burnouts he does starting at about 1.27 mins. With 360 bhp, this car is no nana-mobile AND it looks very sexy!

Our next video is for the SERIOUS rev heads out there. Believe it or not, it’s a Tesla Model S P85D vs Ferrari F12 across a 1/4 Mile Drag Race!

This is a SHORT video but insane. As for who wins… well, you’ll have to watch the video for the answer to that one! 🙂 Enjoy.

Next up, we go to a longer review of the P85D. With 691 HP, and a 0-60 in 3.1 sec, the Insane or Ludicrous Model S P85D will definitely get your blood pumping. This all-electric rocket is also perfect for families. Watch and find out why.

Speaking of Ludicrous mode, here’s a selection of peoples’ reaction to it in action:

The CarAdvice team went to Seattle to take an 1850km road trip from Seattle to LA with the Tesla Model S P85+

And last, here’s a quick video of the launch of Tesla in Australia. Great to see them down-under.

With the new Model X aiming to bring the price of electric cars down to a more mainstream range, Telsa is working hard to revolutionise the auto industry.

OK Tesla fans. It’s over to you. Comment below with your questions and thoughts on Tesla and their car range.


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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

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  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

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    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

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Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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