Unwarranted Tesla Model S vs. Chevy Volt video

By Peter Chubb - Feb 27, 2013

We love a good drag race like the next guy just to see which vehicle is the quickest to get to the end of the strip. However, we feel that the recent Tesla Model S vs. Chevy Volt drag race video was unwarranted, as it was always obvious which vehicle was going to take the win. Having said that, it’s still fun to watch.

It’s a sad day when you see a car with such an iconic name being the underdog, but the Chevrolet Volt was always going to come out the loser. These type of videos are ideal when you have a conventional engine powering a car, but showing how much slower the Volt is when compared to the Model S is certainly a way to put consumers off from purchasing an electric vehicle.

Having said that, if you are a driver expecting great performance from the Chevy Volt then you really need to do your homework, as this EV is not about its performance but rather its efficiency.

When watching the video it did look as though the Volt got a good start, but the moment the Tesla Model S gained traction it was able to pull away and finish the quarter mile in 12.562 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 108.34 miles per hour. The Volt did it in 17.201 seconds and managed to reach a top speed of 80.36 mph.

Maybe the next test should be how the Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt compare in everyday use because the Volt would surly get the win then?

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  • The Tesla Model S is superior in every way to the Volt. When Tesla’s Supercharger network becomes widespread, the infrastructure will also be superior, because it is zero-emissions and free. So long to dead plant and dinosaur juice. The Model S is more comfortable, has way more cargo space, can seat five + 2, and looks gorgeous. It also has the added fun factor. When the Bluestar comes out at a $30,000 price point as a small luxury sports sedan rivaling the BMW 3-series who won’t want one?

    • carbonickid

      You do realize a great majority of electricity created to power these “clean” cars is from fossil fuel stations, right? It’s not just magically there.