Published on February 18th, 2015 | by Christopher DeMorro


How Many Awards Has Tesla Won? This Infographic Tells Us

February 18th, 2015 by  

2003 seems like such a long time ago. Gas prices were low, American nationalism was high, and Tesla Motors was little more than an ambitious idea. 12 years later, and you can hardly mention electric cars without also mentioning Tesla, as the automaker has piled on dozens of accolades in a brief time, as this infographic from EVAnnex shows (click to enlarge):


Amazingly, all these awards are from 2012 and sooner, and they all have to do with just a single vehicle, the Tesla Model S. What’s more, these accolades aren’t just coming from left-leaning newspapers or publications, but major car magazines that have access to some of the best vehicles ever built. Publications like Motor Trend that know cars inside and out unanimously declared it the 2013 Car of the Year, saying that the Model S “drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it’s also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it’ll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk.”

Consumer Reports gave the Model S its highest-ever rating, 99/100, and in addition to also winning the “Most Loved Car Award” from Consumer Reports survey respondents in 2014, Tesla was also recently tapped for having the best repair service. Even Top Gear was forced to admit that the Tesla Model S is probably the “most important car” the show has ever tested.

With all of these accolades, is it any wonder that the Model S has become the gold standard to which all electric and luxury cars are compared?

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  • Wayne Williamson

    sooner should be changed to later…

    • Wayne Williamson

      ps…excellent article….

  • Jim Seko

    The most coveted automotive award is Motor Trend car of the year. The Model S was the first car to win MTCOY by a unanimous vote.

  • Martin

    How do you define success in automotive?
    You can not walk up to one and plunk some money down and say “I want this one”, it is when people are willing to wait for it and put money up for it upfront!

    • Jouni Valkonen

      this depends only on how battery tech evolves. It may well be that in 2023 you can buy a year 2015 model of 85D in quite affordable price and lease new battery that does not cause more additional monthly costs than filling tank with gasoline.

      Of course new electric cars will remain in luxury segment, but as electric cars can be engineered where robust, they will have very long and productive service life with multple owners. Battery lease is good approach with used cars beause this way you do not need to pay money down for new battery for used car.

      • Bob_Wallace

        There’s an ongoing discussion about Tesla battery life on another site. Someone has made the statement that the Tesla mules (the test cars that were used to test the battery/motor/electronics system) have now been driven 500,000 miles and the batteries are still going strong. The highest mileage Model Ss are still showing very good range retention.

        I don’t know how battery life will turn out but it seems we should leave some room for performance to be much better than most expect.

        • Jouni Valkonen

          We have discussed before on this. Like I said earlier that calender life of Lithium-ion batteries is shorter than their cycle life. If you have shallow enough DOD, like 50 %, the cycle life of lithium ion batteries can easily exceed 10 000 cycles. But the problem is that lithium-ion batteries degrade even if they are not used. Therefore we cannot expect significantly longer calendar life than 10 years. No matter how electric car battery is used.

          This may be counter-intuitive, but there are no inherent reasons why in lithium-ion cell happens degradation at all. The chemical reactions should be fully reversible. It is probably just our lack of understanding what exactly happens in the cell, why we cannot make battery cells that have near limitless cycle life.

          Few speculative ideas have been around, such as inorganic electrolytes, that could potentially stop the degradation of battery cells in any significant way.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Where does one find those calendar life studies? And what causes ‘calendar death’?

            I was looking a couple of days ago and found one study stating ‘at least 20 years’.

          • Jouni Valkonen

            That your cited study is just theoretical prediction that does not have any real world data behind.

            Here is one good source. See table 3. Lithium ion battery can have quite good shelf life if it is store at zero degrees of celsius and charge level is kept at 40 %. but any deviation from this will lead into considerable reduction of self-life. Therefore there are no electric car manufacturers who expects significantly more lifespan for EV batteries than 10 years. The law of thermodynamics is just too crule.


          • Bob_Wallace

            I don’t what to make of the data in that table. It says that a one year old battery stored at 25C and 100% charge would lose 20% capacity, down to 80%. But we have batteries in use for far more than year that are still over 90%.

          • Jouni Valkonen

            I truly cannot help you if you cannot read the table. sorry. I guess that reading the article could help somewhat. Also there is comment section where migh have some sparse information.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Here’s the table. I read stored for one year at 25C and 100% charge means a 20% loss of capacity. 80% retained capacity.

            What do you read?

          • Jouni Valkonen

            That exactly same thing. That is the very reason why you buy new cell phone or laptop it comes with battery that is charged to 40 or 50 %. Because keeping 100 % charge in battery does horrible things for lithium-ion cells.

            This is why Tesla keeps aways coolant loop circulating when battery charge level is above 90 %. That battery is quickly drained from 100 % charge state.

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