Is it the right car for everyone? No.
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That said, it is not a niche model for only those who want to make a statement going green. Will the Model S ultimately be a huge selling car where we look back in ten years and see 400,000 or 500,000 on the streets of America? That depends on a long list of factors including:
•Will the Model S have reliability issues three, four, five years from now?
•Will Tesla find demand remains strong with prices starting at $52,400 and stretching up over $70,000? What will happen to the price of gas?
•Will the growing supercharging network of Tesla re-chargers convince Model S buyers they can do lengthy road trips?
Nobody knows what will happen with those and other questions sure to come up. But I do know this after driving the Model S from D.C. to Boston: Tesla has built a car a lot of people will want to drive.
—By CNBC's Phil LeBeau; Follow him on Twitter @LeBeauCarNews
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