After six years behind the wheel of the MS, I never thought I would be surprised by other bozos on the road.
So we were driving the kids to a swim meet on a nice Saturday morning. I was driving on the left lane of a two lanes surface street for about 3 miles when I saw a BMW SUV speeding up behind me and swirling to the right lane. You guessed it, he was trying to overtake me from the right lane. The only problem being that he didn't have enough clearance to cut in without hitting the vehicle in front of him. He begrudgingly slowed down before causing an unnecessary accident.
I continued on for a few blocks and made a left turn into the swimming pool grounds. After dropping off my kids, less a minute later the bozo pulled up next to me and gave me the evil eyes. His wife must have yelled at him since he moved ahead of me by a few feet and went inside the parking lot of the same swimming pool my kids went. I took note of his license plate in case he decided to do something irrational.
Sure enough, the prick came out of the parking lot and knocked on my window and starting berating me.
Him: "You Tesla drivers are all entitled. What gives you the rights to be obnoxious and cut everyone off? Just because you spent a few more bucks on a car doesn't entitle you to drive like an azzhole!"
The dude must have had 50 pounds on me, so I probably could have decked him and dropped him on the ground in about 8 seconds. He would never see the ninja coming.
Me: "Excuse me, you were trying to cut into my lane. I was driving on the same lane for 3 miles or so without weaving in and out of lanes. Would you like to review the footage on my dash cam?"
Him: "But you cut me off!"
Me: "How did I cut you off by staying in the same lane?"
Him: "You pressed the brake when the light was green."
Me: "I don't use my brake pedal, what the h@ll are you talking about? I was behind two cars at the traffic light, it was impossible to cut you off while stopping for the light"
Me: "Oh, I know exactly what you're talking about. Come to the back of the car for a moment, away from the oncoming traffic."
"This is a standard feature of an EV, not just a Tesla. It's the same for any hybrid like a Prius. It's a safety feature when you let off the goose pedal." And I went on to explain how regen braking system functions for the next few minutes.
One thing let to another, I ended up explaining the benefits of an EV to the guy.
He informed me two things of note. 1) An MX cut in front of his friend on the highway and brake checked him immediately. His MMC fighter friend was about to turn road rage up a notch. Then I explained the MX was probably easing up on the goose pedal. "It was not an intentional act of mischief. He should watch out of Priuses on the road as well."
2) He asked me this pointed question, "Is it true that if your Tesla needs repair, you would have to travel 2 states away to get it serviced?"
Me: WTF? Who told you this lie? Did your dealer tell you that filth?
Him: "How did you know it was my BMW dealer?"
Me: "They make more money on services than selling you the new car."
"I scheduled an appointment with a Tesla service center to fix two door handles two months ago. They cancelled the appointment in NJ center and showed up at my work instead. They were in and out in under 2 hours. No needs to drive 3 hours round trips twice to get it done." "I didn't need 4 oil changes per year and waste half a day each time to do so either. Just imagine saving a few hundred bucks and a few days a year just on maintenance free ownership."
Him: "Get out of town, you know, I've seen these Teslas around town lately and they do look good, but they're expensive! I wanted to trade in my Beamer for a newer model in a few months..."
Me: "Go for a test drive with a Tesla. Compare that to a few other brands and see what it could offer you. If your wife drives, then get her on the test drive too. Try other EV brands and compare for yourself. I would go for a CPO Tesla if I were to do it over again."
Him: "Dude, I got out of the car thinking your were a jerk. Now I feel like an azzhole."
Me: "No hard feelings dude. It was a miscommunication..." We shook hands and off he went.
About half an hour later, the dude came out of the parking lot with his family. He rolled down his window and said the most unexpected thing to me, "I found a used S85 in Connecticut for $40K. We're going to take a look now."
Who knew I was such a good salesman?