As it continues its dominance of the Green Engine category, Tesla’s full-electric powertrain has extended its lead over its rivals to a hitherto unparalleled extent, clinching the 2018 award by 138 points over its closest competitor.
Topping the judges’ rankings for a fifth successive year, Tesla remains the benchmark for many experts’ expectations of pure-electric motoring.
“As-yet unequalled torque, delivery and range for this groundbreaking, history-making package,” commented Guide de l’auto’s Marc Lachappelle of the drivetrain, which powers Tesla’s Model S, Model X and Model 3.
The Tesla performance characteristics are, by now, familiar to many – zero emissions coupled with breathtaking power output. The Palo Alto, California-based company’s flagship electric vehicle, the Model S, produces 775ps and offers a blisteringly quick 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time of just 2.7 seconds in the P100D. The P100D version of the Model X, Tesla’s mid-sized crossover sports utility vehicle, will do the same sprint in just 3.1 seconds.
The Model 3 will race from 0-97km/h (0-60mph) in 5.1 or 5.6 seconds – depending on whether you opt for Long Range or Standard configurations. The Model 3 also has a claimed range of 500km/300 miles (Long Range) or 345km/214 miles (Standard).
Although issues with Model 3 production have landed Tesla in the news of late, the awards judges remained enthusiastic in their appraisals of the company’s powertrain technology.
“Tesla is, year after year, still the benchmark,” explained USA judge Jason Cammisa. “Great thermal management, near-zero long-term battery degradation, and some of the best efficiency scores in the business. Plus, blistering and silent power.”
Tesla will launch the Semi truck in 2019, with the Model Y (a full-size SUV) and a new Roadster in 2020. The new Roadster could also include a 200kWh battery, twice the capacity of the Model S P100D.