Ivor O’Connor

February 8, 2013

Best Tesla S Review Yet

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 3:52 pm
Things learned:

  1. A huge pod that acts as a key is responsible for the handles that automatically pop out as you get close. Can this be controlled instead by your smart phone?
  2. Almost up to Mercedes and BMW quality in the interior. However not quite.
  3. A brief introduction to how the 17″ display works and what can be done with it.
  4. Apparently the wheel wells and body are very heavily padded with noise insulating materials to minimize road noise to levels never before reached.
  5. Heaviest car in its class by far. At 4600lbs it’s quite quite heavy. (No mention of what a normal car this size weighs though.)
  6. There is traction control to prevent the tires from spinning during acceleration. It can be turned off to impress your junior high kids if desired. (And how long must we wait for this car to have four wheel drive and the 0-60 in under 3 seconds four wheel drive should allow?)
  7. Important controls are always at the same spot on the 17″ display so drivers can use muscle memory.
  8. Too many glossy reflective surfaces make it difficult to drive. Apparently with the sun roof open even the 17″ display becomes a problem. This needs to be fixed since unlike the reviewer I refuse to wear sunglasses.
  9. Price is about 70K for bare car or 110K with all the options.
  10. “Range anxiety” keeps this car from being better than BMWs and Mercedes. So until charging centers are ubiquitous this car is limited. (I’m overly impressed with the term “range anxiety”. It’s the first time I’ve heard it.)

Ok, seriously, Tesla read my blog and immediately created a smart phone app to control the doors and then some. You can read about it here: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/02/08/tesla-releases-mobile-phone-app-for-model-s-vehicle/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29

As much as I like this car I’m going to pass until it has four wheel drive and no side mirrors. I know laws require the side mirrors and it is not Tesla’s fault. I also know Tesla is trying to get our government to understand they are sea anchors and can be replaced with video to dramatically increase mileage. By then batteries will hold 50 to 100% more energy possibly increasing driving range to a thousand miles. With the plethora of free charging centers Tesla is making “range anxiety” will surely be no more.


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