A Shout Out to electric vehicles

A Shout Out to electric vehicles

First we got the Nissan Leaf. Solid, quick, Japanese reliable, really fun and covered 99% of our driving range.

And now we have the S. It's sort of hilarious to see people in internal combustion engine cars. It seriously is a contraption, a Rube Goldberg machine.

Exploding gases, hot fluids flying everywhere, dirt coming out the tailpipe, something always about to fail and only 25% efficient, 75% of our precious petroleum being set on fire and released into the environment.

The ICE cars should actually be against the law.

Dinosaurs being burned by a dinosaur mentality. Will we wake up in time to go EV or do we have to wait for a few generations to die?

SamO | July 22, 2013

The EV is awakening something in people that they didn't know existed in some cases: the joy of driving

Most common response to a Tesla owner encountering any other luxury/specialty car?

Sadness that they didn't find the Model S before making their purchase.

I actually like the leaf and if they can get the next gen with 175 miles, then I think it might be worth recommending.

jeffaa | July 22, 2013

Thanks for sharing, great post. I read other people's thoughts on the Leaf, and now the i3, and I don't understand why they bash them. This is humanity moving forward. And yes, I understand this is a Tesla forum, and our cars are better than any other car ever made. But no need to beat down on other EVs, even though they might not be the right car for you and your family.

AmpedRealtor | July 22, 2013

Nobody "beats down" other EVs, but range criticism is absolutely valid. It doesn't matter (to me, anyway) that a Leaf or BMW i3 will address most peoples' commute miles. What happens when you want to drive a long distance or go on a ski trip? Oh, I guess then you still need an ICE vehicle to get you there. THAT is what's wrong with the Leaf, the iMiev, the i3, the Focus EV, etc. None of those vehicles can replace your ICE vehicle for all driving scenarios. The Model S, however, can.

SamO | July 22, 2013

I think in the long term, those EV's mentioned by @ampedrealtor are perfect for car share. Zipcar etc will use these cars for 90% of their fleet since most drives are in-town. They will continue to have long-range cars in their fleet.

tobi_ger | July 22, 2013

I'd say with the help of hybrids there can be - for now - at least a wider range of people to appreciate the EV part of their car, regardless of range. If someone can do his/her daily commute with the charge, that's great, if they need more, buy one or two gallons.
Be happy that not everyone can afford the MS or needs its range, enjoy the shorter waiting periods for your order(s)! :)

fritzlan | July 22, 2013

We need to be mindful that we not bcome "Tesla Elitists."

I think all electrical vehicles rock. Golf carts, Nissan Leafs, buses, people movers, and the new upcoming Hyperloop, whatever that is.

Any EV pver any ICE is progress.

:-) | July 22, 2013

I think the Leaf is a great car - was planning on getting one for my son - the range is perfect for getting to school and back which is about all he does.


J.T. | July 22, 2013

If they haven't outlawed cigarettes there isnt a chance they'll outlaw the ICE.

Oaktowner | July 22, 2013

When electric cars (and charging infrastructure) are good enough, they won't have to outlaw ICEs.

After all, horses and buggies aren't illegal, right?

Tesla-David | July 22, 2013

@fritzlan. Couldn't agree with you more. When I drive to work and observe exhaust pipes extending out of ICE vehicles I think of old/tired technology much like early car owners must have viewed horse and buggy's at the beginning of the automobile era. We are now launched into the beginning of the EV era, and we early adopters need to do our part to promote and encourage others to take the plunge and follow us. Dare doubters to take a test drive, that will usually work to convert the hard core skeptics. I hope we can win people over sooner rather than later, but think it will be necessary to first produce the more affordable GEN III and get the super charging network in place. At that point people will begin to migrate to EVs in larger numbers. Once the flood starts it will accelerate. That is why I love what Elon is doing and strongly support Tesla and solarCity as a stock holder & Model S owner.

ppape | July 22, 2013

+1 David.

Those test drives are key! Some people who are really interested or curious enough, will take the time to go schedule a Test drive at a store, But most people may not. Many don't have reasonable proximity to a test drive location. What we do as owners will have a huge impact. I think of it as planting a seed. Many that we have given rides to have never heard of Tesla! Some can not afford an S, but I ALWAYS talk about the Gen 3! Now they have the experience to draw on and will have Tesla in the back of their minds when they do decide to buy another car. GB said it well in one of his videos. Their goal is to have everyone leave a store with a smile on their face. They may not buy right away, but within the next 10 years they come back and buy a Tesla. I'm phrasing that poorly.....but education & information is so important. I'll go track down that video clip.

Neat story: My sister-in-law sat in the passenger seat as we gave her a ride. She knew the car was electric and it looked good. As we exited the parking area she asked, 'So, does it have any power? " In that moment my husband hit the go pedal......priceless! Her understanding had been....electric or hybrid = slow. She now has a new understanding. Once you go Tesla can't go back.


ORWA | July 22, 2013

I thought it would be fun to gather a few Tesla owners on a weekend near a local Audi dealership and have a sign stating "Free rides in a Tesla" and give them a spin before they buy a new ICE. I would be seriously bummed if I just bought a similarly priced ICE car and then found out about Tesla...I would see it as our civic duty for the day.

Brian H | July 23, 2013

Alternate various dealers. Audi, BMW, Caddy, Ferrari, Ford, etc. on a stealth surprise or even "flash mob" basis.

xradr | July 23, 2013

I took an acquaintance (from across the pond) in my P85. We had a 10 minute discussion about the problems with EVs particularlyfor the european market(unattractive, low range, low pickup, etc). I think I was able to stay straight mouthed for that whole time.

I told her I think the time for EVs has come and the MS might change her thoughts on EVs. I took her downstairs to the garage and turned on the lights. Mouth agape, she couldn't believe how good the car looked. We took it out, and while she was asking if there was any pickup, I floored it. She was white knuckled clutching the door (hehe). After a quick lesson on the basics, had her take it out (mind you this is the first time I've met this person). She was absolutely stunned. She could not stop talking about it. She did confess that central London was probably not a great place for a car this size and she would wait for Gen III. But in the end, she confessed, she would look at EVs in a totally different light after Tesla.

From my experience now, nothing sells this car better than DRIVING this car. My EV brethren, be liberal with both your rides and your drives. No matter how difficult it may seem, let people borrow your car for a day or two. They will come back with the same conclusion ... I'm never going back to ICE.

@ ORWA, this would be awesome. I'm game. hehe.

GeirT | July 23, 2013

@ fritzlan

Seriously? I find this elitist - and totalitarian.

tobi_ger | July 23, 2013

Nicely done!
But I fear that people, who weren't open to EV in the first place and can't afford the MS itself, will be severly disappointed after a test drive in any other EV (or hybrid) currently available. We need GenIII sooner than later. :)

ORWA | July 23, 2013

Brian - Love the flash mob idea! If we had enough MS owners in the same city doing it we could cover multiple dealerships at the same exact time.

Brian H | July 23, 2013

The dealers will come to dread the weekends. Then you can branch out to Hump Days. >:)

Liz G | July 23, 2013

Attending Car Shows is another way to spread the word. Lots of people in Missouri now know about the Model S because of our owners showing off the cars at the Car Shows. Even the little Car Cruises. Every time I attend one, the Model S gets lots of attention.

ppape | July 23, 2013

Here's the video from GB I mentioned in eatlier post that idea! What area are you in?


evpro | July 23, 2013

Exceeding even the personal satisfaction of driving a car that can (and does) run on sunshine is the overall impact on our economy, communities and environment. When we stop sending millions of dollars every day to foreign despots and stop emitting thousands of tons of CO2 (and other pollutants) into our atmosphere we are all winners. When we can travel for 1/3 the fuel cost (or less) and support good American jobs building these cars we will improve the economy while also doing something about humanity's greatest threat - Climate Change. Go Tesla.

ORWA | July 23, 2013

I'm near Portland, OR.

fritzlan | July 23, 2013

I love the idea of a Flash Mob.

And the press would love it.

Tesla-David | July 23, 2013

I try and demonstrate the MS abilities at every stoplight. When the light turns green I immediatelyh accelerate to the speed limit. Checking the rear view mirror, most cars are way back slowly accelerating to the legal speed limit. I love how the MS with it's instant torque gets you to your intended speed very quickly. I have been flagged by numerous drivers on my commute, who roll down their windows to tell me how impressed they are with the car. I always drive safely within legal norms, but don't mind letting other drivers know this car is no slouch either. Tesla recognition is growing fast, and as more of us are observed on the road EV love will follow. I haven't met a single person yet who didn't want this car, they just can't afford the MS. I never fail to tell them that the GEN III is coming and to hang on to that EV love until it gets here.

Tesla-David | July 23, 2013

I meant to say most people can't afford this car because of other priorities. I chose to make getting a MS a high priority after I observed the destruction of the Marine ecoystem in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 by BP. I am a Marine Biolgist, who has spent a lot of time doing research in the Gulf of Mexico and it sadened me to see the destruction that oil spill wrought on the marine life and local economies of Gulf States. At that time I made a solemn vow to get an EV (Tesla MS) and walk away from ICE vehicles forever. The MS has so much value that can't be measured in dollars and cents in terms of changing the existing paridigm for transportation.

tobi_ger | July 23, 2013

@David +1