I was finally able to test drive Model S last night at the Denver store. The first thing I noticed was the car had "creep." I know that has been an issue in some of the posts, but I have never seen a post addressing a resolution. According to the rep, creep was added via a software update and is now a user selectable mode. With creep selected it drove just like an automatic transmission car.

Prior to my drive one of the things I was most concerned about was whether I would find regen annoying. Quite to the contrary. I had the regen on high and found I adapted to it very quickly. The rep turned it off for a bit and I actually asked him to turn it back on. Back in my ICE car (Infiniti M) all that back and forth between the throttle and the brake pedal seems inefficient and antiquated by comparison.

The performance and handling of Model S have been discussed at length on this forum. I don't have anything to add. I was certainly impressed, and I've driven almost every luxury performance brand out there.

I'll be finalizing my configuration this weekend.

Timo | 25 October, 2012

"creep." I know that has been an issue in some of the posts, but I have never seen a post addressing a resolution.

IIRC the "issue" was that car didn't have creep. If yours did, then the solution was already there. Because I have driven mostly manual I would prefer to have creep off, so it is a good thing to have that as user selectable option.

ddruz | 25 October, 2012

Creep was added in an early software update.

Equest | 25 October, 2012

I updated my software last week and have used the creep option for the past week. It doesn't seem to work exactly as I had expected. While it does "creep" when you are on a flat road, it does not have any hill holding ability such what a ICE car with an automatic transmission. I have found that I prefer to have the creep function disabled.

DarrellH | 26 October, 2012

Creep was introduced in the 1.13.16 software update around 10/11.

DarrellH | 26 October, 2012

Creep was introduced in the 1.13.16 software update around 10/11.

Brian H | 26 October, 2012

Is there hill-hold using the brake?

jerry3 | 3 November, 2012

No hill-holding yet. Still in development. Pushing and holding the park apparently activates the parking brake so it can be used somewhat like a regular handbrake.

Creep is selectable, you can turn it on or off so it really doesn't matter whether you like it or not--you just choose your preferred method.

Getting Amped Again | 3 November, 2012

@jerry3 - with Creep off, does the car roll pretty freely? Does this solve the carwash conundrum - just leave it in Drive with Creep off?

Many people dislike the idea of having to stop to go from Neutral to Drive. In some carwashes the cars are stacked pretty close together, and nobody expects the car in front of them to stop when exiting. Plus the guy behind your Model S is catching up on his email and not paying attention to the fact that you stopped! Bam!

stevenmaifert | 3 November, 2012

Does the creep work when you are in Reverse? Can you back out of your garage/driveway without having to use the accelerator pedal? Still waiting on my S, but our LEAF creeps in both directions.

jerry3 | 3 November, 2012

Getting Amped Soon -- Does this solve the carwash conundrum

It might. However, it won't solve the "tires get ripped up by the carwash tracks", or the "mirror got ripped off by the brushes", or the "touchless wash didn't get the dirt off" problems.

The quarter car washes and a bit of elbow grease when required are the only ones I've used.

jerry3 | 3 November, 2012

And, yes, the car rolls quite freely if there is any incline at all.

Getting Amped Again | 3 November, 2012

@jerry3 - thanks. I agree the hill-holding is an important feature, and it seems like it could be implemented completely with a software update.

True Love: you hand wash your Model S when it's 35F degrees out.

Brian H | 3 November, 2012

Truer Love: you hand wash when it's 0°F out. Gives a whole new meaning to "ICE car"!


sergiyz | 4 November, 2012

Note that the amount of regen depends not only on the menu setting, but also on the charge level.
If you charge the car to the max (versus standard mode), there's no regen until you've used up enough kWh for tesla to start charging again.
It also doesn't engage it completely for some extra miles after that.
You'll see a dotted yellow line showing the max current/power supplied by regen during that time.
The only inconvenience is that if you're used to a certain response pushing the brake pedal gives you, it will be different and may potentially cause problems since you're expecting the car to slow down when you release the accelerator and it doesn't.
First time it was a surprise to me, but I've adjusted quickly.