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Entering its fifth model year, the 2016 Tesla Model S luxury sedan remains the highest-range electric car sold in any kind of volume. It's good-looking, fast, and comfortable, gets the highest safety ratings, and offers rated ranges of 240 to 270 miles combined per charge. But there won't be any 2016 Model S cars built until early January; that's because Tesla simply assigns a "model year" based on the car's final-assembly date. All cars made through the end of December have one year, then once the New Year clicks over, identical vehicles have a different year.
The company will deliver its 100,000th Model S this year, and its unlikely success remains the best demonstration of the potential for electric cars to transform the way we travel and the energy we use to do so. And that success has severely rocked the incumbent German luxury makers—Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche—all of which are now have fast, luxurious electric cars of their own under development.