The Tesla Model S is breaking new ground for electric cars, with the stylish sedan being named US motoring magazine Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year.
It comes after Automobile magazine and Yahoo! Autos also awarded the Model S top honours earlier in the year.
The Model S takes less than six seconds to hit 100km/h, yet has zero tailpipe emissions and covers a claimed 480km per charge.
Despite its green credentials, Motor Trend editor Angus MacKenzie said the Model S took out the award solely for its performance as a car, praising its sporty responsiveness, ability to carry ample cargo and efficiency.
"At its core, the Tesla Model S is simply a damned good car you happen to plug in to refuel," Mr MacKenzie said.Deliveries to Australia begin late next year but buyers can reserve a car at teslamotors.com.
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