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…


By Antony Ingram