No other carmaker has managed to blend good looks, good to absurd performance, safety, reliability, and a nationwide DC fast-charging network into a single electric car.
That's why the Tesla Model S continues to stand apart from the large luxury sedan segment.
It competes on price with larger German sedans: the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Porsche Panamera--though its interior space is closer to the mid-size Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes E-Class.
Potential Tesla buyers seem more likely to spend time assessing the BMW i3 electric car (with its optional range extender) or the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, with 53 miles of electric range, than the plug-in hybrid versions of the S-Class or Panamera.
But no other electric car offers anything close to the Tesla's battery range—and the rest that do have gasoline engines.
There's simply no direct competition for the Model S.
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