Submitted by gagliardilou on February 22, 2011
Last Saturday Tesla invited roadster owners and model s reservation holders to their Chicago office to see the model s on display.I am a model s reservation holder. The car is beautiful. They had a nice spread of food and it was way more crowded than I thought it would be. They started letting people take the roadster for a test drive. I finally got to drive an all electric vehicle! I must say the car drove fantastic. I was fortunate to get about a 20 minute drive, using performance mode and range mode, on the highway and the city streets of Chicago.
1)I read that regenerative braking was fairly noticeable. I did not experience that at all. In fact, I thought it was hardly noticeable. You felt it a little more in range mode but it really is not an issue at all. I currently have a prius and it is way more noticeable in that vehicle.
2)It was just like driving a regular car except that the pickup was better. I had to change lanes on the highway and sped up to do so and the car just rocketed forward when I stepped on the gas. It is a nice feeling to know you have the power instantly when you need it.
3)The indicated range was accurate. It was not like the range was all over the place. It was consistent and seemed accurate.
4)It was a lot of fun and as a model s reservation holder, it makes me even more impatient to get my car!!
I am in the business world and I feel I can truly say Tesla is a class A company. Their kindness and ingenuity just makes you want to buy their cars. It is really fun to be part of this automobile transformation and I really feel they can make it happen. I am a supporter and I educate a lot of people about the technology. I have also been waiting to buy the stock and am going to pull the trigger and do it this week. Thanks Tesla for making amazing cars and more importantly, for being a company who really cares.