Jay Leno has a pretty big soft spot for alternative-fuel vehicles. From his steam-powered relics to his beloved Chevrolet Volt, the comedian's automotive interests are nothing if not varied. In the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen stops by the Big Dog Garage to show off his company's new Model S. Jay gets a closer look at the five-door EV's interesting touchscreen controls, expansive moonroof and yes, even the third-row jump seats, before taking to the road. The clip explains why Tesla eschewed the chunky standardized EV charger for a more svelte unit and how the company managed to serve up impressive aerodynamics without sacrificing styling.

Leno takes the time to whir the Model S around the greater Los Angeles area before hopping on the freeway for a quick spin. This particular model features the largest battery pack available, which gives the Model S a total range of around 300 miles. Check out the clip below for a closer look.



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      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow the first electric car that i would actually buy!!
        ratpack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        it's first electric car i could drive...without needing to paper bag in my head
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      AWESOME!!! WANT!!!
      SublimeKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Leno: "And the cool thing about electric cars is that they're maintenance free" Tesla Designer: "Turn the cameras off! STFU Jay! We're trying to get $50 a month in maintenance charges"
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        It's a new company that's trying to be upfront about their costs. They haven't learned to hide the charge in other areas like everyone else does.
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      great video. dont care about burn outs but think the product will hopefully be a success, if I had the money and the garage space I'd get one
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      AOL kicked off knodoctor and deleted all of his trollish posts. Any outof context posts were probably directed at him.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Liking it even more. Like the fact that the suspension height is adjustable.
      sloanm101
      • 2 Years Ago
      Won't that over sized Nav screen be a little to bright at nighttime? No doubt they'll have a dimmer, but my 7-inch still can be an annoyance with the dimmer turned all the way down. Hope they'll have a pilot button, like the Saabs used to have, that would dim all the dash lights but the important ones.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, there is really no market for something like this. I'm sure that the tree-hugging liberals love them but no enough of them actually make enough money to own one. And 300 miles on a single charge? For over $50k? Better off sticking to your 1978 VW Transporter, Hippie. This car isn't for you.
        Nickoo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        There's nothing more patriotic than buying a 100% american car that runs on american energy. Go die in a fire, preferably one that was ignited by saudi oil.
        Oldspeed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Is that why they have 10,000+ deposits on them?
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Oldspeed
          Well said, but they're up to 14,000 now. And averaging selling 50 cars a day currently.
        American Refugee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        I make enough money to buy a $50K car, and I'm a huge freaking treehugger. Not only will this car sell with people like me, it will sell with the technology obsessed who will rightly see the ICE as the dinosaur it is. This is the consumer electronic product to end all consumer electronic products.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          @ American Refugee I care about the environment, which is why for the last 32 years I've been driving a $ 200,000 EV. ( oh, and to be really honest, I drive an EV for the sheer joy of riding on electrons! )
        FHH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        go back to mother Russia you commie bastard
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      For $60k there are better brands out there like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Tesla doesn't have the status and if you have that kind of money the last thing you'll worry about is gas prices and the environment.
        mmapying
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        believe it or not, lots of rich guys care about the environment
        American Refugee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        People with enough money to afford a car that starts at 50K don't care about the environment. You have some data to back this up? No, you don't.
        Campisi86
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        "Status" is what happens when everyone else catches wind of what the trendsetters have been up to.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        "Tesla doesn't have the status" You didn't read my post where people who own them are stopped all the time and asked questions about the car because it is such a status symbol. It looks fabulous and it's very cool.
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Thats not status. Thats attracting the attention of the prols.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          prols? Wow. You get the prize for using an ancient word that no one really uses anymore. Proletariat. It has too much of a negative conotation. You might as well go all the way and say "the little people."
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        wow are you dumb... cause rich people hate the environment, especially movie stars. Just because you choose to drive a truck to feel more like a man, doesn't mean everyone else needs to. people by electric cars so they don't pollute and don't need to buy gas, and because of the status... yes status, not expensive German luxury status, holier than though, tree hugger green status. If i had the money I'd buy a Tesla over any other automobile in that price range... and the nice thing about being able to afford it, is you can also afford a second vehicle for those trips that require more range. Why are we all so determined to stay stuck in the past. we will wait in line to buy iPhones from china but lambast early adopters of electric cars... wow... no wonder this country is in such bad shape.
      carolinatrooper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please offer an two liter turbo option.
        Jens Kr. Kirkebø
        @carolinatrooper
        Not possible. The car is not designed to take an ICE. For example there is no transmission tunnel. And nobody would buy one as it would lose all it's advantages over the BMWs and Audis (no gas fillups, no engine noise, instant torque etc.).
        AnalogJesse
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carolinatrooper
        You want a car with no engine bay, no transmission, and a specialized battery platform on which the entire design is built to have a combustion engine? Ugh. Go buy a Ford or Toyota.
        Nemebean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carolinatrooper
        This was a joke, right?
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carolinatrooper
        You mean like a Fisker Karma?
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave
          Apparently I've been downvoted for asking for clarification. The Fisker Karma does have a 2.0 turbo powered range extender and I was wondering if that was what he was referring to.
      slalomjr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like how they had to make the road wet.......... I can do that in a golf cart if the road is wet...
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @slalomjr
        It was raining. Jay is very rich but he doesn't control the weather - quite yet.
      cre8vtv
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love this car and would buy it.... however, when I found out the actual price of the "s" car is about 83k + 600/year service on batts. NOT COOL TESLA. Then I went to see it and enjoyed the experience except I'm not in love with the build quality. The dash bezel literally fell off in my hand.... Other cars I'm considering are 09 Aston Martin (used), Maserati GT, Jag XF and XKRS. Sadly, I'm currently leaning away from Tesla because of these factors. They need to re-evaluate their market. As Leno said, you tree huggers can buy these and that leaves more gas for us gear heads. ; ) Actually, I like the idea of the technology and would adopt, but Tesla won't capture a market with the false advertising they are promoting. They need to try the Volt Strategy and take some loses to get their cars out there. Also, the fact that they are charging me to do upkeep on a brand new technology of theirs, gives me very little confidence in their belief in their own product. Stand behind it, or stand aside.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cre8vtv
        Astons, Maserati's, and Jags are notorious for needing lots of repair work. That work is quite costly too. Probably far more than $600 a year, which is the most you pay. You are the first person to comment negatively about the build quality. Most owners are very impressed with the build quality. But it is a new company and buying one now means that you are an early adopter that accepts the early foibles. Tesla, with the roadster, has shown they take excellent care of their early adopters. But, as a consumer, buy what you want. It's your money, spend it on what makes you happy. I don't understand where there is false advertising. Please elaborate. As for using the Volt Strategy, Tesla is a small company that needs to make money. They don't have billions of dollars to play around with like GM can. It's make a great car, build it better than everyone else, and crank up production until they are making plenty of money.
          Jens Kr. Kirkebø
          @Grendal
          He probably went to a store and looked at a static display car. Many of those are old betas with various build quality issues. Hopefully they will be retired soon.
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