A friend was in town earlier this week, and dropped by in her Tesla. Amazed! My gosh this "car" is amazing. First, I'm not sure we should call it a car. I think it deserves it's own category. This is a "something??" on steroids. - Well, maybe it's "somethingS".
1) Beautiful work of art. Feels nothing like any car I've ever seen/felt/touched/sat. Beautiful workmanship, minimal design, none of the old "car" limitations of transmission or engine that just takes up space. It's interior and exterior should be sitting in a gallery or museum.
2) Over the top safety design throughout. Perhaps the safest "car" on the road.
3) Over the top speed. The test drive only a few blocks around town were at downtown speeds, but I could feel (from the passenger seat) that it was ready to GO.
4) Over the top technology throughout. So much I didn't see, but I felt like I was inside a beautiful huge computer starting with a touch screen display. I have serious "judgement" of the way our car makers have placed limited GPS + systems in our cars. For the most part they've been crazy expensive, but my issue is how "dated" they become within 6 months. Note; Apple's getting it right later this year when they introduce a bluetooth link from our iphone to monitors that all the car makers will be installing. This sytem, following Tesla's lead, will allow our common pc technology of auto updates to firmware.
5) Oh I forgot one. Almost seems like a byproduct of this amazing work of art. Earth friendly, and might just help ween us from our massive, gluttonous addiction of petroleum products.
I almost forgot - It's made here in USA, Fremont California. At first it sounds odd, but right in the middle of Silicon Valley makes perfect since, since it's just a huge computer.
No - it's a work of art, i mean it's a race car, a possible path from fuel (middle east) dependency. - As multi-functional as Elon Musk's super cool Swiss Army Knife!
Back to Tesla. I thought they began over $100k. This morning Google told me they begin at $65 or so. Still way too rich for my blood, but (one more) amazing thing about this "something" - if it's primarily a computer, it'll be getting much better every few months, it'll be knocked off like crazy, the knockoff's will get quite good in time, and the price will drop every few months.
One of the pics below is of it beside Linda's 13 year old Volvo, which is aging quite well. Hopefully the Volvo will hang in there for at least another couple of years, and by that time, maybe we can trade for a TESLA.
If this "something" were a car, it would have to be the best car in the world.