2013 Tesla Model S front three quarter

Electric cars are just a fad, vaporware made from the best Unobtainium money can buy. If these are your sentiments, it’s time to rethink them. No, it’s time to throw them out of your psyche for good. An electric car can now be an only car—and a darn good one at that. All it took was someone to come along with the vision to make it a reality. All it took was the 2013 Tesla Model S.

Standing out from a crowd of dozens of competitors, the 2013 Tesla Model S has been awarded Motor Trend‘s 2013 Car of the Year award, a crowning achievement for the automaker from Silicon Valley—not from Motown or Germany. Motor Trend, our sister publication, judged nominee cars that were heavily revised or all new for a model year against six criteria: engineering excellence, advancement in design, efficiency, safety, value, and performance of intended function. The Tesla Model S simply ran away from the other cars in each category.

With the Model S, Tesla has more than 250 patents, with plenty more pending. Whether opting for a base 362-horsepower, 40 kilowatt-hour version or a 416-horsepower, 85 kilowatt-hour or anything in the middle, each is ultra-efficient and ultra-quick. Yet, without much sound coming from the car’s electric motor, you’d never know it unless you looked down at the speedometer. Its performance is sports car-beating.

Over Motor Trend‘s evaluation period with the Model S, the publication recorded a 74.5 mpg equivalent over its more than 300 miles of driving. It underwent the scrutiny of editors and retired automotive industry engineers alike. And in the end, it won out.

To paraphrase Tesla company founder Elon Musk, the point of the Model S was not to built the best electric car; it was to build the world’s best car that just happened to be electric. Mission: Accomplished. And only on the second time building a car.

Head over to Motor Trend to read the full story on how the 2013 Tesla Model S won its distinction as the 2013 Car of the Year.

Source: Motor Trend

By Jacob Brown