Submitted by Sousaphil on June 10, 2012
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona, so A/C is usually top of mind. Air conditioners in ICE cars have a very hard time cooling sufficiently when the car is idling. It adds an extra level of discomfort when being stuck in traffic.
From what I've been told, the Prius A/C actually runs off the hybrid battery rather than alternator power. It has fast cooling capability; much faster than many of my colleagues' luxury sedans.
I'm anticipating this will be yet another "hidden" benefit of the Tesla Model S: kick-ass air conditioning even at a dead stop.
Throw in a future mobile app that lets you remotely control the climate of the cabin, and this car will sell itself...especially in places that experience climate extremes.