“I’m not that interested in the green thing,” said James about the Model S. “I’m interested in the future of the car.” It remains to be seen if lithium-ion batteries will be replaced by supercapacitors or fuel cells, but then again, we wouldn’t be talking about the future of the electric car if Tesla wasn’t such a trailblazing company in the first place.
May also highlights that electric vehicles such as Teslas have a role in the greater good of the automotive industry, especially for the internal combustion engine. With ever-stringent regulations such as the Corporate Average Fuel Economy in the United States and WLTP in Europe, it’s no wonder that mainstream automakers offer more hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electrics than ever before. Even FCA made a case for the eTorque mild-hybrid system in the Ram 1500 pickup truck, and that’s saying something.
If there’s a niggle that James doesn’t particularly like about his Model S 100D, the interior “could be a little more flamboyant.” The Grand Tour presenter doesn’t talk pricing, but a similar specification (Deep Blue Metallic paintwork and 19-inch Sonic Carbon Slipstream wheels) costs £81,590. Full self-driving capability for the Autopilot system adds £5,800 to the tally.