18th Jul 2016, 11:39
I asked a Tesla owner what he thought of his new Tesla and he praised it very highly. It is certainly a nice looking car and he described it as the iPhone of cars.
I can see these being the future.
20th Jul 2016, 14:37
If you are in the 70k segment, why not just buy fuel. If it's environmental only, regulate the 18 wheelers with no emission requirements for clean air. Why be tethered to cords and batteries? If you can afford this car, gas is nothing. I pay my gas in full on my credit card every month. I could honestly say I could care less about MPG, no matter how far I go. In fact I walk up to my cars, they unlock automatically and do not need keys to start. Push a button and go. My fob stays in my pocket.
15th Aug 2016, 14:56
Fuel is a finite resource; usually much more expensive in other parts of the world than where you live. When Tesla technology gets refined and affordable to use in transport for the masses (including heavy vehicles like 18 wheelers, buses, etc.), I say good riddance to stinking noxious gasses.
16th Aug 2016, 08:37
Why not continue to increase fuel efficiency? And forego the extremely expensive components that age. If you want to clamp down, do so with exempt tractor trailers with zero emission standards based on weight.
16th Sep 2016, 22:50
Thank you for providing us with a first Tesla review on this site.
As for people asking why not going gasoline for that price, I'd say it's called evolving. Eventually, we need to evolve from these smelly, air polluting, dirty and complex gasoline engines one day. I do hope Ferrari and exotics will continue to ride the streets, but I definitely hope zero emissions vehicles will be the norm 30 years from now. The main issue is that to produce electricity, most countries need either coal or nuclear power - Canada is an exception with its hydroelectric potential.
I have heard about a common and costly issue with the drive unit, but overall owners seem to be satisfied.
17th Sep 2016, 17:04
You still have to refine fuels to produce electricity in some manner. Even wind towers and transmission lines need to be produced and replaced using fuel in some manner. And construction and trucks to deliver materials to plants. There are many parts and raw materials such as frames, wheels, and tires needing to be produced etc building even hybrid cars. Welding, sanding, painting, assembly tooling using air tools require electric compressors. Transporting your new car by tractor trailers, ships or rail. If you are really all about green... walk. But even new footwear worn by millions is yet another product requiring fuel to convert to electricity to manufacture. Then roads, bridges etc to travel on. And I work in an environment not at all green in my workplace, making a salary to buy an electric hybrid car. So how green is all this?
18th Sep 2016, 12:18
Going by this comment, buying a Tesla would make most sense in countries like Norway: it produces about 95% of all its electricity from hydro power, fuel is very expensive, and electric cars are exempt from the high taxes imposed on most other cars. Fossil fuels certainly are used in virtually every product and service, but burning hundreds of gallons of fossil fuels every year while driving is going way beyond what was needed to make the car and maintain it. About 17 million cars and light trucks were sold in the US last year. If we get to the point where 1 million electric cars are sold every year, then that is a huge amount of fossil fuels that will not be consumed each day, not to mention the reduction due to electric cars sold in previous years.
18th Sep 2016, 18:28
Sorry to jump in... but I think people are missing a few things about Tesla model S.
First thing - it is an expensive car, therefore any fuel cost discussion is useless. It is an energy efficient car, but definitely not a money saving device...
Second thing - it's a cool thing to own - in this price range, being refined and cool may be more important than other common reasons for choosing a car.
Third thing - the risk of a flat battery. The car and the Supercharger network offer plenty of means for avoiding that. My boss owns a Model S (and a few million euros :) ) which he uses as a daily driver and he says that a free Supercharger recharge is more like a lifestyle habit than an annoyance.
18th Sep 2016, 21:00
Many vehicles on the road are exempt by weight. Modern gas cars have efficient engines with cats. Make a car that goes 300-300 miles per charge, equivalent to a full gas tank. Not some of this and some of gas. It's really a pain every 30-50 miles. Winter and rain are very heavy here year round. Not happening yet or equivalent range is met.
1st Feb 2017, 19:18
Most cars that get decent fuel economy are getting 500-600 miles to a tank of gas. Teslas are getting slightly over 300 miles, with a 400 mile vehicle not that far behind. Migrating away from fossil fuels is the next evolutionary step. When the first automobiles first rolled off the assembly lines over 100 years ago, the system to support those cars was sketchy at best. The technology only gets better when people use it. Most people don't drive 300 miles in a week. For those of you who do, with an electric car you are charging it every day, so outside of a single trip over 300 miles, you have nothing to worry about. Plus you have a safer vehicle, with less moving parts. In the case of Tesla, you bring the vehicle back for service to the manufacturer, not to a "dealer" who the manufacturer has authorized to fix your car, because they don't want to deal with you. In 5 years, you are going to have an electric car that gets 500 miles on a single charge. You are going to have electric service stations in your neighborhood. You are going to see more manufacturers other than Tesla making electric cars. The only thing holding up the process is $$$$. The oil industry won't go without fighting. If it wasn't for greed, we would be driving electric cars 25 years ago.
17th Jul 2017, 14:16
Hope to see more owners posting reviews here. Have you had issues with the Drive Unit?
19th Jul 2017, 04:45
25 years ago it's based more on actual demand and operator preference. I love gasoline models. To get what I like performance wise in electric costs over 70k. At that price level, who cares about fuel savings? Drive less and live closer to family and workplace if it's a green mentality. Or increase performance with normally aspirated engines with greater economy with every new model out. Personally, if gas costs 10.00 a gallon, it costs 10.00 a gallon. Doesn't mean a lot when your cost of entry, acquiring a higher end sports car and insurance, is there already. I think someone that can afford this review car can choose either direction quite easily. More likely to do to be planet friendly or maybe even being stylish than ever fret over just a tank of gas. Automakers are out to make a buck. You can save money energy wise etc and other ways right at home. And buy a car you really like and enjoy driving. To me there's government pressure imposed on us yet again. But again, how many people in a thrift mode buy this specific brand or model? They are going to chase 20-35k new cars or even less as used to squeeze their fuel costs down. I simply do not like these kind of cars tethered to cords. I can get out of my cars and simply walk in the door at work or home. Stop for a few minutes, refuel and go anywhere vs. sitting around waiting on a full charge. I don't care some can also run gas. Just one more thing to feel pushed upon. To each his own. My thoughts at least.
4th Nov 2018, 00:43
I found the video of this Tesla owner; he talks about some of the repairs he has done on the car. He doesn't mention the electric engine problem, but gives some valuable information for future Tesla owners. His car has 130k miles.
10th Nov 2018, 09:15
Anyone have any concerns wondering if this automaker will be around for a while? With complexity and age, who's going to touch it if this occurs? I do a lot of traveling; it's nice going to the nearest dealer in any major city who supports the vehicles I own. Even a loaner. Guess you could ship it somewhere if a major repair goes down.