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here are some pics of my Tesla Model S P100D. so far, i rate the ownership experience as a 100/100 and cannot imagine going back to internal combustion. yeah, the environmental concerns are nice, but honestly even if you don't care about that, the car is simply superior to a gas vehicle in a lot of practical ways that make driving it much easier and more enjoyable than anything i've ever driven.
i'm happy to answer any questions about ownership (and clear up any misconceptions or misinformation).
all Model 3's will have the Autopilot hardware, and will have all the Autopilot safety features such as early collision warning and lane departure warnings and automatic collision avoidance, but the self-driving features will be an optional software upgrade. I don't think you will get free supercharging, unless Europe is different from the U.S. Starting in 2017, new Teslas will not have free lifetime supercharging anymore (mine got grandfathered in, though ). it's still a very minor expense -- i think it costs me about $8 in electricity for ~320 miles of range when charging at home.
Quoted from pinballrockstar:
In western europe we are runner up after usa with the amount of superchargers,so you can go on vacation with your tesla too nowerdays?!
absolutely, pretty much anywhere except the midwest. i've taken a number of trips. this summer i'll be going from Virginia to Ottawa, Canada (about 650 miles). In a few weeks, i'll be taking it to Pinhurst, NC (about 320 miles). There are superchargers all up and down the coasts, and the car knows exactly where they all are, and plans out your stops for you.
according to Motor Trend, my model (the P100D) is the quickest car of any kind they have ever tested, doing 0-60 in 2.28 seconds. it handles exceptionally well for a heavy 4-door sedan, too. the (very heavy) battery is all underneath the floor, giving the car a uniquely low center of gravity, and the electric motors can control stability and traction at a sub-millisecond level, hundreds of times more precise than a gas motor can. it sticks to the road far better than most cars.
that said, it is not a track car at all. the motors aren't designed for that. but on the street, it can pretty much instantly teleport to any spot that you can see. the acceleration is so forceful and so instantaneous, it's ridiculous. ludicrous, even .
Quoted from pinballrockstar:
Don't get me wrong,i owned about 15 detroit iron v8 muscle cars through the years and i loved them all but i feel like a movement is on the rise..
i hear you. my previous car was a Dodge Challenger, and I was considering a Hellcat, but one test drive in the Tesla changed my mind.
Actually, Tesla receives exactly zero money from the Federal government. they took out a $465 million loan (a loan, not a subsidy) years ago, but they paid it back in 2013 - 9 years ahead of schedule. And they do benefit from some subsidies in certain states -- Nevada, for example, gave them a lot of money to build their Gigafactory there. But the Federal gov't gives them zilch. Meanwhile, the fossil fuels industry receives approximately $18 billion in Federal subsidies per year. that's a fact. truth is, if you don't like industries propped up by your taxes, then go electric!
also, Tesla is the most American car manufacturer out there - the batteries come from a Gigafactory in Nevada, and the cars are all assembled in Silicon Valley. My Dodge Challenger was made in Canada. Most "American" pickup trucks like the Silverado and F150 are made in Mexico.
Quoted from Davidus56:
Tesla capital raise bonds are paying over 6%. That is junk status and extremely ominous regarding their financial health and staying power. I honestly do not believe they will be able to continue as an independent, ongoing concern 2 years from now. I own a P85D, but because I am so concerned about their solvency, I'm going to sell it - while the gettin (out) is good!
yeah, they are burning through boatloads of cash, but take those numbers in context. they are building a humongous industry from the ground up, including all the supercharging and dealership infrastructure. it takes a tremendous capital investment to get rolling. on the bright side, their sales have been increasing by about 50% every year since the release of the Model S. They are expanding aggressively not just domestically but into large foreign markets like Europe, South Korea, and China (where they did over $1 billion in revenue last year). yeah, they've incurred a lot of debt, because they are building gigafactories and developing tons of their own tech. but the cars themselves are great, and more importantly, extremely popular. The new showroom in South Korea has a 6-month waiting list for a *test drive* right now.
i get that a lot of us around here have been particularly stung by the pitfalls of pre-ordering, but Tesla is a company that has shown it can deliver home runs. Tesla ranked #1 on Consumer Reports' Customer Satisfaction Survey, and it won by a large margin:
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granted, if the Model 3 ends up being a flop, yes, the company is definitely doomed. But as a Model S owner, I think the platform it's based on is fantastic.