Update (May 21): The article has been updated to reflect the fact that the driver in the video slowed down because of a change in the speed limit, not for any technical reason:
— Bjørn Nyland (@BjornNyland) May 20, 2015
Elon Musk had a vision of an electric car that could go fast, and both the Tesla Roadster and Tesla Model S were built with performance in mind. Nobody can doubt the performance of the 691 horsepower Tesla P85D either, at least on the drag strip, but what about going all-out for extended periods of time?
A Model S owner posted this video of him driving 125 MPH on the Autobahn for about 12 minutes. Musk promised more speed for German drivers, and he seems to have delivered. As you might imagine, this consumed a whole lotta power,840 Wh/mi (520 Wh/km) to be exact. Most Model S drivers report typical power consumption of 300 Wh/mi and 400 Wh/mi, meaning driving at twice the normal speed limit consumes… twice as much power. Math!
Is this the most exciting video? No, not really. On the other hand, it sorta is, as it demonstrates how far EV technology is coming. How long before we have a production electric car that can hit 200 MPH? I have a gut feeling it will wear a Tesla badge, but there are some other big players like BMW and Porsche with a history of performance that are making big moves in the field of electrification as well.
125 MPH is nice and all, but even a Toyota Camry can do that. 150 MPH is where performance gets serious, but for Tesla, this is proof that electric cars can hang out on the Autobahn, at least for a little while.