I just put down a deposit on a 2012 Tesla Model S, the all electric sedan created by Tesla Motors
The specs on this car are pretty incredible, and I’m very excited to have a place in line to take delivery of this vehicle.
- 100% electric drivetrain. Range of up to 300 miles
- 45 minute quick charge, 5 minute battery swap
- Batteries lined the floor, allowing for a completely new car design
- Seats up 5 adults and 2 child seats
- Can store a surf board, 50″ TV, and mountain bike at the same time. Kate says we’ll need to buy these things to test this
- Center console is a 17″ touch screen with 3G and GPS. This means Google Maps, Pandora Radio, and anything else you can imagine. The iPhone for cars!
- Beautiful exterior design, check out the door handles and headlights
Some of you may know, I’ve always been a die hard car enthusiast, unwilling to give up my internal combustion engine or manual transmission:
I’m not a fan of hybrids like the Prius. These cars are huge compromises. Yes, they are a step in the right direction and great technology, but they are boring to drive and don’t interest me at all. I’d rather have a Jetta TDI.
I also wasn’t a fan of the Tesla Roadster that came out a couple years ago. I’d rather have a Lotus Elise, the platform the Tesla is based on. The Elise has better vehicle dynamics, a manual transmission, and a perfect engine+exhaust note. Vroom, vroom. And it’s less than half the price.
But after doing a lot of research, I decided the Tesla Model S actually makes a ton of sense for me. It’s perfect as a daily driver, with lots of luggage space, and enough range to go pretty much anywhere I drive. And I’ll never have to stop for gas!
It will be my practical car, that I compliment with the most impractical sports car I can find, maybe a Miata, maybe an Elise, maybe an Audi R8 :).
Of course, it’s crazy to put down a deposit for a car when so much is still unknown. Most prices and specs on the car are still a mystery, release dates are likely to move, the company could go under, I don’t even know if I’ll have a garage with a power outlet :).
But overall I’m very optimistic about Tesla and the Model S, and hopeful that when my turn comes around to take delivery of the car, it will live up to the hype and find a place in my garage.
Click here to check out this cool video about the design of the car