Range anxiety, safety, complexity--there are a lot of concerns for the average car buyer when it comes to electric cars. Ultimately, those concerns all come down to a simple lack of familiarity--at least with the Tesla [NASDQ: TSLA] Model S. Buyers in the know recognize the Model S for what it is: the first real electric car.
The first real car that is, coincidentally, electric, at any rate. Why? Because the Tesla Model S can travel up to 265 miles on a single charge in the largest-battery version. Because the Tesla Model S can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under five seconds in the Model S Performance version. And because build quality, styling, and equipment levels are all on par--more or less--with equivalently-priced gasoline or diesel-powered luxury sedans.
The Model S, too, is nominally a four-door sedan, but in truth, it's a five-door hatchback. Optional rear-facing jump seats (two of them) can up passenger capacity to seven in total, though those in the rear jump seats had...