With their first car, the Tesla Roadster, the Silicon Valley-based manufacturer claimed it was at its 2008 model was at least twice as energy efficient as a Toyota Prius. With battery technology, and EV related stuff in general, having come a considerable way in the last 4 years, the company’s new offering, the Model S sedan is expected to have a very good range for an EV.

According to Tesla, we shan’t be disappointed with the new car’s range, as they claim that the 85 kWh battery pack can enable the car to drive on for 480km (300 miles) before recharging. The figure was achieved on a EPA approved 55% in town and 45% highway journey, driving at constant speed of around 80-100km/h (50-70mph), without using the climate control, with the windows closed and with tires inflated to the recommended pressure.

With even bolder (but not verified) claims of economy, Tesla officials say the car could even go on to drive 640km (400 miles) under the right driving conditions. They also say they’re planning a prize for the first customer to achieve this extraordinary range for the first time.

With its sleek design, very good proportions and design, excellent efficiency and performance, coupled with a 5-Series-rivalling price, there’s no reason for the Tesla Model S not to sell very well, and we actually expect it to do so.

By Andrei Nedelea