In order to achieve its goal of becoming the number-one electric vehicle maker in North America, General Motors will have to catch up to, and pass, the current EV leader, Tesla. No surprise then that GM is benchmarking the entirety of the Tesla model lineup. Now, GM Authority spy photographers have snapped up images of GM testing the Tesla Model S.
As we can see from these photos, GM was running the Tesla Model S along the North-South straight at the GM Milford Proving Ground in Michigan. The all-electric sedan was seen in the same test group as GM’s forthcoming halo sedan, the Cadillac Celestiq. While it’s not totally clear what GM was looking at with regard to benchmarking the Tesla Model S and Cadillac Celestiq, The General was likely interested in making sure the Caddy was competitive in terms of overall performance and handling.
Naturally, this isn’t the only Tesla that GM has been seen benchmarking as of late. Just last year, GM Authority spy photos revealed that GM was testing the Tesla Model S Plaid, which is offered as Tesla’s top-spec performance model. With three onboard electric motors and all-wheel drive, the Tesla Model S Plaid produces more than 1,000 horsepower, which is enough to send it from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds (with vehicle rollout subtracted), and across the quarter mile in 9.23 seconds at 155 mph. Top speed is set at 200 mph, while range-per-charge is just under 400 miles.
Further GM Authority spy photos revealed GM benchmarking the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor, its smaller sedan model, as well as the Tesla Model Y, its small crossover. Additionally, General Motors has been spotted testing the Tesla summon feature on a Model 3. For those readers who may be unaware, Tesla summon allows owners to prompt their vehicle to autonomously drive to their location, such as in a parking lot.