Jay Leno Drives 2012 Tesla Model S Electric Car (Video)

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Larger-than-life TV presenter Jay Leno is known for his love and obsession of cars--and not just those fueled by gasoline.

To prove it, he tests one of the hottest electric cars around in his latest video--the 2012 Tesla Model S.

The comedian even counts a 1909 Baker Electric among his personal collection, as well as a Chevrolet Volt--as long as it has wheels, he doesn't discriminate.

Not that many discriminate against the Model S, which has performance that even dyed-in-the-wool gasoline-heads can appreciate.

And Jay does his best to highlight that right at the start of the video (and the end), with a smoky getaway to prove that even electric cars can still do burnouts.

The rest of the test is a little more factual, but Jay comes away impressed--rating the car's ride, performance and technology. The long range is commended too--Tesla says 300 miles on the 85 kWh battery pack, and officially the EPA rates it at 265 miles.

In fact, he finds very little to criticize, even offering a few words of wisdom to gasoline-only enthusiasts--the more electric cars there are, the less gas is wasted on boring commutes. That just means more for weekend toys...

His verdict? A fairly understated "Pretty cool". We wonder how long it'll be until a Model S turns up in Jay's own collection...


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Comments (7)
  1. It is always nice to hear Jay. He likes to find the strength in any vehicle, wants to know what it can do well.

  2. I think the smile on Jay's face said it all.

  3. Great article.
    Burn out is safe as long as you disable the traction control. lol

  4. I liked the video and Jay should buy a Model S as his daily driver and I guess he could still use his Chevy Volt when taking trips over 265 miles or 300 miles. I would like to get a Model S however I am not in the market for a car that starts out at $77,000 for the 85Kwhr version. I am holding out for the mid $30,000 Bluestar sedan that is to come out in 2015. My wife says too expensive and I would like to see the underlying technology but only in a smaller sedan form without the luxury price.

  5. I hope you have a lot of patience. There's no way Tesla is going to put out a $30,000 sedan in 3 years!

  6. We will see. I am hoping Tesla will back up that promise. In the mean time, I will drive my Volt on electric as much as I can while waiting for that $30k Electric Tesla.

  7. But Jay did buy a Volt, didn't he? :)

    I am sure he can afford a Tesla S.

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