An all-electric Tesla Model S on display at the Time Warner Center in midtown Manhattan is usually covered with fingerprints after the curious slam the doors and kick the tires.
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By VICTOR E. SASSON
I can't wait two years for an affordable all-electric car, whether it is from Tesla or Chevrolet.
And if I could, I don't think I'd settle for the Chevy Bolt, a 2017 model GM promises will cost thousands of dollars less than the Volt plug-in hybrid.
Have you seen photos of the Bolt concept, a stubby four door?
It doesn't compare to the elegant Tesla Model 3, another 2017 model with a range of 200 miles and an MSRP of about $35,000.
And the Model 3's big brother, the Model S 4-door luxury hatchback, is available now starting at around $70,000.
I'm retired, and can no longer drive that far without stopping to go to the bathroom or grab a cup of coffee to keep me awake.
Then, I looked at the warranty for the 60's battery and drive unit, eight years or 125,000 miles.
A step up is the Model S 85, which is about $10,000 more than the 60, and its battery and drive-unit warranty is eight years and "infinite" miles.
Do I want "infinite," or is 125,000 miles enough? I've only averaged 10,000 miles a year in my 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid.
I've configured a Model S 60 with a few options, but haven't put down a deposit. Teslas ordered now will be delivered in late April, the company Web site says.
What about the billions of gallons of gasoline saved by the drivers of millions of hybrids, and reduced air pollution. Don't they count for anything?