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Tesla Model S test drive
Couple weeks ago me and RyanD decided to go for an innocent test drive. Angel We booked it accidentally when a Model S was parked in our local town centre to get the attention from the tired Saturday shoppers. 
Our local Tesla garage is turned out to be in a big shopping centre. Excited and keen we went to the agreed place at the agreed time on a sunny and warm Saturday morning. To park our 17 years old Volvo, we drove past two Teslas parked in their special place at the car park entrance. We didn't really think much of them then. 

Not long after and both of us with the sales guy were in one of the parked up Teslas, ready to be wowed. We wanted to test drive P60D (as that's the only model we thought we could afford!  Blush ), but as it only had been delivered that morning, we got given P90D (or 90D) with de-rated performance. The sales guy drove first, dropping the names of all of the features and extras, and telling us how good the car is. Not much conversation was happening then, as the sales guy was having all the driving fun. 

Couple minutes later we stopped at a petrol station to swap the drivers (and look down at the miserable bunch that were filling their tanks with fuel) and I had the first go. 
Well, from there on everything changed! I personally came to life - started asking questions, talk to the car, comment my findings and feelings while driving the car which was my first ever drive of Model S. The car felt amazing! The regenerative braking was set up to the highest so I didn't need any mechanical braking (which I'm kind of used to as we're trying hard to keep our mpg high in our own car). I was surprised how much smaller the car felt when driving it, compared to how big it looks from the outside. Also, accelerating to up to speed was no problem, truly effortless. I had a go at the local town roads. My time at the wheel went way too fast! I left the driver's seat with a happy looking face.
Then it was RyanD's turn. He had to drive to the motorway near by. There the sales guy wanted him to experience the AutoPilot for lane change, acceleration and braking. Letting go of the steering wheel didn't seem to be an issue for RyanD for some reason.  Wink After we left the motorway, we went to a car park by a park where the sales guy took the driver's seat to demonstrate the self parking feature. If honestly, it looked fun, but I prefer parking myself and sustain this skill that is so hard to find in women drivers.  Big Grin 

Just before the sales guy drove us back to the shopping centre, he decided to show off the Insane Mode. We confirmed that we both were strapped in and ready. But obviously, we weren't that ready because as soon as the foot was down, both of us hit our heads on the unexpectedly hard headrests. Having a sore head was definitely interfering with the enjoyment of acceleration. But overall - yes, I was impressed. The sales guy drove us back, parked up, but didn't plug the car to charge (cocky!). 

So after this outing, we were taken to the Design Room. Sounded more impressive than it was, really. It was a small white room with one computer on a small table, with 3 comfy chairs around it, and some sketches on the walls. Then came the hard maths work of trying to get the finances together in our heads, because, obviously, now we were mad to buy a Model S. I can't imagine any other outcome after Tesla test drive. The final decision was that we'll get back to them (if we scrape our finances together).. 

We did get back to them, turning the offer down, for now. However, after the test drive, returning to our 17 years old Volvo seemed like degradation. How are we happy to drive something so loud and smelly, and dirty (ok, Volvo is not that bad, I do like it!) when the future is now and it's silent, clean and fast? Since then Tesla is a regular visitor in my thoughts, and it's even more often in RyanD's head. Don't know how to get rid of it, or if we should get rid of it at all.

But meanwhile we are re-lowering our standards and are devoting our time and money to the practical and reliable Volvo, hoping the Tesla-dream will come true one day... which could be the result of concussion, actually. 

Has anyone else got hooked on an EV that supposed to be an innocent test drive? 

P.S. I was hoping this thread will be like a therapy to me, RyanD and the rest of us.  Shy

Messages In This Thread
Tesla Model S test drive - by LaiLa - 17-08-2016, 11:16 AM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by RyanD - 17-08-2016, 12:18 PM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by jonmusk - 17-08-2016, 12:50 PM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by RyanD - 17-08-2016, 01:20 PM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by jonmusk - 17-08-2016, 02:15 PM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by RyanD - 17-08-2016, 02:44 PM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by jonmusk - 17-08-2016, 03:44 PM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by RyanD - 17-08-2016, 04:29 PM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by jonmusk - 17-08-2016, 09:47 PM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by RyanD - 18-08-2016, 07:56 AM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by jonmusk - 18-08-2016, 10:11 AM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by RyanD - 18-08-2016, 10:25 AM
RE: Tesla Model S test drive - by SameraAzam - 27-10-2016, 06:47 AM

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