I test drove a Tesla Model S and it was pretty awesome

  1. I was on vacation in California and signed up to test drive a Tesla Model S. 
  2. Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
    Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
  3. Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
    Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
  4. At the Tesla store you can see the frame. While there a bus pulled up and a bunch of tourist piled and and took photos of everything! ;-) Just like I was. 
  5. Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
    Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
  6. The trunk is a hatchback. Really large. 
  7. Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
    Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
  8. The front is a trunk tool. It's a frunk.
  9. Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
    Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
  10. My wife, Carol took the car for a ride too. It was quite an experience. 

    The display is impressive. The fact that is has the Google maps we are used to makes it very user friendly. The car can be programmed to the user's preference. As we drove it, when you take your foot off the gas, the battery regenerates and the car slows down. You get used to this very quickly, and it saves on brake wear. 

    Pressing the accelerator makes the care move! Seriously. Quite the feeling. 

    The turn signal is too low, just like on the older Mercedes. The sun visors are too small. They need to be bigger. 

  11. Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
    Tesla Test Drive Palo Alto
  12. When we finished the test drive, we asked about driving the Tesla Model S in the Northeast, in the snow and Winter. I sounded like we might want to wait for an AWD version.  The Model X is going to be AWD on the same platform, so it seems like the Model S could come out with an AWD at some point. 

    Teh other day I got an email from Tesla titled:

    It said: Model S is Perfect for Winter

    Model S is an all-electric, rear wheel drive sedan designed to perform exceptionally in winter conditions. In fact, all-wheel-drive is not necessary. The state of the art liquid thermal control system dynamically heats and cools powertrain components to maintain range and power.


    Additionally, the Tesla mobile app allows drivers to remotely heat the passenger cabin and battery from the comfort of their home or office. Watch Tesla’s VP of Vehicle Engineering Chris Porritt explain why Model S redefines what’s possible in cold weather.



  13. Tesla Model S - Cold Weather Performance
  14. Take a look. The comments are interesting too. 
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