NASDAQ: TSLA, Tesla Motors Incorporation has recently planned to reveal the details of some of the new vehicles. The electric car manufacturer’s top priority is mythical Tesla Model D.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA), appeared at a special event, at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles on Thursday, and finally put an end to the mystery of the ‘D’ by confirming that it stands for ‘dual’, as in a dual – motor. This particular feature of the vehicle will enable it to reach pretty impressive speeds along with the lots of other information disseminated during the LA event.
Elon Musk, one of the most charismatic and extrovert CEOs, who certainly wasn’t pulling any punches while describing the qualities of the Tesla Model D. Musk announces at the event that “this car is nuts. It’s like taking off from a carrier deck. It’s just bananas.” He also likened the Model D to a “personal roller coaster”, indicating that the acceleration it produces is “intense”. Can the vehicle live up to such exaggeration?
Tesla Model D has been fitted with an extremely powerful engine. The appearance of the car is similar to the formerly launched Model S, but this model certainly packs punch in the power department. The Tesla Model D comes with the dual- motor engine, which enables the vehicle to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. This is considerably faster than its cousin Model S vehicle. It also has the ability to reach the speeds of around 155 mph (250 kmh), which is 25 mph (40 kmh) higher from previous vehicles.
In short, this appears to be the fastest car produced by Tesla, and in reality one of the fastest sedan vehicles that has ever been manufactured. While putting it acceleration capacities into perspective, it has been declared that it’s far superior than Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, which is a very impressive technical achievement.
Tesla Inc has also declared that the Model D is packed with safety features as well as power. The vehicle includes a raft of innovative features intended to ensure that all drivers and passengers become safe while riding it.
Moreover, the Tesla Model D also includes a radar that allows the vehicle to see through the fog and snow, an image recognition camera capable of seeing and understanding traffic signs, lights and pedestrian and a full 360-degree ultrasonic sonar system. Furthermore, the Tesla Model D is an extremely intelligent vehicle incorporating a smart-system that receives all information from sensors with real-time GPS, navigation and traffic systems. This feature eventually makes Model D a safe car to drive, but also an intuitive one.
After discussing the impressive safety features, another standout feature of the vehicle is its autopilot capability. Musk told, we are planning to include this feature in upcoming Model S cars, though the Tesla Model D is efficiently the prototype for this radical function.
Of course, the Model D car is not yet ready to pilot itself on open roads. It’s not just the system included in the vehicle, which is unable to do that presently, but regulations will not allow this too. Though, the autopilot doesn’t seem quite impressive. Tesla Company themselves has named this feature as “Model ’s brain”, and it is not too whimsical to suggest this.
Radars & Sensors
Tesla Model D’s autopilot feature utilizes a forward-mounted radar, along with a camera and a system of 12 sensors, which gives the vehicle a sight range of 16 feet. The overarching autopilot system is connected to steering, brakes and GPS. The intent is to improve safety, but to enhance the driver experience as well.
This impressive technology enables the car to detect and avoid pedestrians and stop the vehicle in order to avoid collisions. Elon Musk stated that, the Model D has the capability of sensing small children or dogs, even when driven at its fastest speed.
In addition, when the driver sets off a turn signal, the vehicle has the ability to change lanes on its own violation. Whereas, if the driver is drifting outside lane of traffic, Tesla Model D autopilot feature would automatically steer the vehicle back to the appropriate position. Lastly, the sensors in the vehicle are also capable of reading speed limit signs, and adjusting the vehicle accordingly.
Tesla’s Model D acquires a tremendously inspiring skill set, even if for the old-fashioned among us it may seem slightly strange!
Apart from the Autopilot features, vehicle also provides Autopark facility too. If you get out of the Model D car in front of your own home, the vehicle will automatically do everything on its own.
Price and Release Date
The Tesla Model D car will go on sale in December, with the most expensive P85D Model casting just over $120,000. More affordable 60kWh and 85kWh battery models will follow in February next year, with prices starting at $75,070 for the 60D and $85,070 for the 85D.