One-hundred years from now, the Smithsonian museum at our nation's capital will crowd a display of history's most radical automobiles. The collection will include the 1866 Dudgeon steam wagon (one of the original self-propelled vehicles), the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen (recognized as the first combustion-powered automobile) and the 1908 Ford Model T (the first automobile mass bent on an assembly line).
Most surely included, among the dozen or so other pioneering automobiles will be a 2012 Tesla Model S.
Slightly more than a few years after the first example debuted in March of 2009, Auto blog was able to spend an evening with an early production model of the pioneering all-electric sedan touted as "the next step to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility." Much has been said and written about Tesla's huge undertaking, but we brushed off the hype, ignored the rumors and cut through the layers of propaganda. It was time to force.