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Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA): Green or Not, Its Electric Cars Can Perform

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) set out to kill the image of electric cars as golf carts. And it succeeded — at least in the eyes of anyone who’s taken a Roadster or a Model S test drive. Both cars will pull you back in your seat. But how do they stack up against their gas-guzzling peers? After a visit to Zero to 60 Times, some of the results are a bit surprising.

Tesla Roadster


Source: Tesla Motors.

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s first electric car, the 2008 Tesla Roadster, set a pretty high standard: zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds — not bad.

The 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 S hit 60 in just 3.7 seconds.

Tesla Model S Performance


Source: Tesla Motors.

The large body on the Model S doesn’t slow down Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s performance much. The 2013 Model S Performance hit 60 in 3.9 seconds. The company’s slowest version of the Model S, the 60 kWh, hits 60 in 5.9 seconds.

2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0


Source: AutoWeek.

Zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds — slower than both the Roadster and the Model S Performance.

2013 BMW M550d xDrive


Source: Car and Driver.

Zero to 60 in 4.8 seconds — again, slower than both the Roadster and the Model S Performance.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ZL1


Source: AutoBlog.

Zero to 60 in 4 seconds. You guessed it: slower than both the Roadster and the Model S Performance.

2013 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG


Source: AutoBlog.

A handcrafted 6.0-liter bi-turbo V12 with 621 horsepower, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz is equipped with some serious muscle. Still, at zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds, it loses to both the Roadster and the Model S Performance. Not to mention you’ll be paying more, too.

2014 Porsche 911 GT3


Source: Porsche.

Luxury sports-car maker Porsche is tough competition for anyone. Its 2014 911 GT3 gets to 60 in an impressive 3.3 seconds. But for a large sedan, the Model S Performance trails remarkably close behind at 3.9 seconds.

Green or not, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s electric cars can perform
There’s been a lot of debate about whether electric cars really are better for the environment. Fool contributor Katie Spence makes a great case against battery-electric vehicles as “green cars.” But is Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s “green” image the only factor propelling the company to success?

As the debate rages on, Tesla continues to rack up noteworthy accolades. Motor Trend named the Model S its 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year by a unanimous vote. Consumer Reports gave the car a 99 points out of a possible 100, the highest rating it has ever given. And now the car has received the highest safety rating ever among sedans, minivans, and SUVs in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s history.

Whatever people believe is the greenest option, there’s no denying the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s recent success. If it can continue to deliver top-notch technology on wheels like the Model S and the Roadster, Tesla may continue surprising the world — green enough or not.

The article 0 to 60: 2013 Ford Mustang GT Gets Burned by Electric Car originally appeared on Fool.com is written by Daniel Sparks.

Fool contributor Daniel Sparks owns shares of Tesla Motors. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Ford and Tesla Motors.

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