The Tesla Psychosis

The Tesla Psychosis

My MS is ordered, due for European delivery in September. On the face of it, now it’s just a matter of waiting. But there’s something weird going on here. I’m addicted to reading everything I can find on the MS. I’ve already had enough solar panels put on the house roof to offset my entire annual driving. I’m busy getting a charge point installed. My wife’s expecting to find me checking out carpet and curtains for the garage. I got into my trusty Jag XKR this morning, started it and thought how primitive it felt. (I mean, who “starts” a car any more?). Late at night I close my eyes and head off into Teslaland. And, to be honest, this is all based on an all-too-short morning driving a friend’s MS a few months ago.

Frankly it must be some kind of madness, I must be going crazy. After all it’s just a car, damn it. It’s just a method of traveling from A-B. So how on earth can I possibly be enslaved to the idea of a mere product? Am I a victim of brilliant marketing or is it something more?

On the other hand… I love the idea of being off the grid, driving on sunlight. And then there’s that ride, that’s stayed with me all these months. And there’s the quiet. And the acceleration. And the idea that this is how a car really SHOULD be… I guess I'm buying more than a car here, I'm buying into an entire philosophy.

But something else struck me after I ordered my MS: one of my kids died a few years ago and life has been nothing but grim since. Losing her took all of joy out of living, all the colour out of life. Ordering the MS has woken in me a sense of excitement that I’d forgotten existed. So I’m indulging my obsession. I’m allowing myself to read every word written here and head off to Teslaland at night. It may be some kind of psychosis, but my view is BRING IT ON.

And keep writing the interesting stuff, guys.

J.T. | July 22, 2013


It's not just a car, it's a hobby.

lolachampcar | July 22, 2013

jtod ++

SamO | July 22, 2013

And a science experiment.

And an engineering PhD.

rch1708 | July 22, 2013

And a lot more interesting and positive and constructive than most of the other s**t going on in the world.

... | July 22, 2013

Why not in the trank of the Tesla for $0,5k

... | July 22, 2013
... | July 23, 2013
$0,5k per month in Russia, sorry

Brian H | July 23, 2013

?? "trank" ?? You mean frunk? Trank is English slang for tranquilizer.

... | July 23, 2013

Yes,trunk, no drugs!!!
May be underhood for Tesla...

tobi_ger | July 23, 2013

Wrong thread for this. ;)

chrisdl | July 23, 2013

I haven't even ordered the car and I'm stuck in that psychosis as well. But I promise all of you now that I will always stay clear-headed and pragmatic about it. We'll see if that holds... Welcome to the cult.

Brian H | July 23, 2013

"frunk" is Tesla-talk for "front trunk".

... | July 23, 2013

Brian H
"frunk" is Tesla-talk for "front trunk"
Great! Mr.Brin, as a friend of Elon, must include it in the Google Translator.

Brian H | July 23, 2013

Tesla-talk is not a supported language, yet.

rch1708 | July 29, 2013

Got an update from Tesla today: good news and bad news. The good news is that my MS is scheduled for production in the 1st of October, delivery at the end of November. Yeah, finally something concrete!

The bad news is the same thing, delivery is 1-2 months later than expected. Thus, how the hell am I going to keep up this level of fanaticism for another four months? It's tiring me out. It's tiring my wife out too. Apparently every other sentence that comes out of my mouth has the word Tesla in it somewhere.

What a flippin' marathon. How some of you guys kept it up for years without going completely crazy, I don't know.

Strangely enough my Tesla product specialist is called "Lesta"! Almost X Files spooky, or what?

(Actually, he's "Lester", but y'know, the psychosis sees through these little irrelevances).

In our house, during the normal working/school week we have a no-alcohol rule Monday through Thursday (or should I say 'thru' for US readers?). We do this to demonstrate to ourselves that a nice glass of wine has not become the dominant factor in our lives - or, otherwise said, that we've not degenerated into a pair of sad alcoholics.

I have five more days of holiday left. Perhaps I should try the same thing: not read the Tesla forums for 5 days?

Frankly, that scares me more than skipping the wine...

Mathew98 | July 29, 2013

@rch1708 - Would it still be a relaxing vacation if you don't read the forum?

Colasec | July 29, 2013

@rch1708 what happened with your car? do you know why production was delayed?

rch1708 | July 29, 2013

@Colasec: EU deliveries are running behind the original schedule, apparently. Ordered in Jan, confirmed in May, delvery est end November.

pebell | July 30, 2013

@rch1708: I am hurting with you. I will (hopefully) get my MS in the beginning of November, by then I will have been agonizing in anxious anticipation (not an exaggeration, rather an understatement ;-D) for about 11 months. 2013 will go down in the books for me as "The Year I Waited For My S85".

The story of your wife getting tired of the Tesla fanaticism is very recognizable too. You should have seen her eye-rolling when I said to her last week: "Babe, I've been thinking. We should get some solar panels installed on the roof."

They will be installed this friday ;-D

rch1708 | July 30, 2013

Pebell: That's one of the things that's keeping me on the straight and level. I'm monitoring the output of our sun panels on a daily basis. We've also had a "smart" electricity & gas meter installed, so I'm also able to keep on top of net electricity production and consumption at home. For example, we've consumed a mere 140kw of electricity net during the whole of July. This time last year, before we started being more conscious of our power consumption, that would have been +/- 700Kw, if not more.

The whole green/"off-the-grid" ethos is extremely addictive and a useful aside to being a Teslaholic.

pebell | July 30, 2013

Yes it is about the only addiction I know of that people around us and "mother earth" actually benefit from :) I wish I had more rooftop to work with though! 2kWp is as much as I have room for.. Not enough to drive each Tesla mile on sunshine, but it helps :)

Brian H | July 30, 2013

that's 140kWh. kW is instantaneous power measurement. kWh is for how long it was sustained.

rch1708 | July 30, 2013

Errr, yeh, sorry. Should be KwHr... Holiday inebriation is my excuse.

jd3tm | July 30, 2013

I have already posted in this thread but it struck me that there is another angle to the Psychosis that hasn't been mentioned.

Since I live in the Bay area (San Jose specifically), I run into this a few times each week...

I will be driving around doing errands of all varieties and someone will wave, give the high sign and roll their window down..."How do you like you Model S" they typically query. "Absolutely fantastic" is my response! And now the very interesting part...

"I work for Tesla!" they say with big smiles. In every case, the folks working at the Tesla factory, design studio, etc., seem genuinely proud to let you know that they were part of creating/manufacturing the Model S. When I have a few minutes I will ask what they do and gain more insight as well as giving them more kudos for their efforts. I have now had casual interchanges with folks who work the manufacturing line (paint shop, final assembly, etc.); the research team (3 years on the battery management team and others); and, others. In every encounter, the person has come across as someone who realizes and is proud to be part of this endeavor. Even though NONE of them actually owned a Model S, they all want one and have the Psychosis!!!


Colasec | July 30, 2013

@jd3tm Yeah, a friend of a friend is a Tesla engineer and he was very excited about my car. He wanted to hear my story, see my pictures, and share in the experience. :)

rch1708 | July 30, 2013

Brilliant! Must be fantastic to be part of such a winning team.

LionPowered | July 30, 2013

It makes me sad that the people who build the cars can't afford them, but between their employee stock and the next gen car some day they will be able to.

AmpedRealtor | July 30, 2013

I am in the "psycho" portion of the Tesla Psychosis. HPWC is being installed on Friday, car is arriving on 8/15, MVPA in process of being signed and lending getting finalized. I am so incredibly excited! Then the next moment I panic and obsess, oh my gosh I hope I don't get a car with any of the dreaded problems we read about. The net result is that I am cranky.

Hopefully it will pass! LOL

Brian H | July 30, 2013

nope--only the W is capitalized, a person's name. So kWh, not KwH. Other units that are names are Amp, Ohm, Volt, and Farad.

Cindy I II III | July 30, 2013

Mine's coming next month. It's like preparing for the arrival of a baby
get the house ready
find the right paint
read the manuals and postings
learn the dos and don'ts
tell people about it and indulge the "congratulations"
comb through names
have a new purpose in life
worry if the new arrival will be "healthy"
Now where's my baby shower? hmm, maybe I'll have a party?

Mark Z | July 30, 2013

@rch; "through" is correct. If not, then Brian will help us with the correct answer.

I originally ordered Model S in April of 2009. A switch to Signature Red allowed a November delivery that Tesla showed in the Febuary blog. The wait was helped by owning a Red Volt in 2010 for about a year. Mom died in 2011, but she got to personally see a beta Model S. She loved the electric drive experience of the Volt. That helps me know how pleased she is that I have the Model S. We miss our departed relatives, but we can be comforted in many ways. A car can cuddle and protect us while we enjoy its design. Model S fits that description perfectly and it will be worth the wait. Thank you for sharing your story and updating us with the delivery status.

NKYTA | July 31, 2013

@ Cindy123
I don't think I've seen anyone having a "Tesla Shower" on these forums, perhaps you could be the first! Good luck with your new ride. Grin!

hallchristian1 | July 31, 2013

To rch1708,
I really appreciate your note of MAY 21st!
Can you explain more about your solar panels on the house roof?
Link to supplier?
Thank you.

rch1708 | July 31, 2013

@hallchristian1: my experience with solar panels is necessarily Dutch centric. In short I had 5500 kW peak (22 panels) placed on the south facing roof of our house in the south of the Netherlands in April. Two different types of panel in two "strings" connected to an SMA inverter. On a full sunny day they produce 31 - 35 kWh of juice. In theory this configuration is good for +- 5000 kWh per year, which should more than offset the use of my MS.

Had great service from "Eco Solutions" in Eindhoven. Now getting them to convert all our lighting to LED - this has already had a big impact, eg our home office had 8x 50w halogen lamps, now has 8x 6w LED lamps with same output. Etc, etc. Now waiting for a new range of dimmable halogen (m14 or m16 fitting?) led replacements to come on the market at an affordable price.

Also, for some fun I've designed a Raspberry Pi based controller for the (water based) solar panels for our pool. Still refining this, but it's saving a lot of power on the filtration and heating circulation pumps.

Last year we used 18000 kWh of electricity. This year, excluding the MS, I think we'll come out around 6000 kWh. And I'm still looking for ways to improve / optimize our use.

Let me know if you want more info.

tobi_ger | July 31, 2013

18000 kWh per year?? Really? That seems like a typo somewhere.

rch1708 | July 31, 2013

Unfortunately not! This is what instigated our whole economy drive. I put a measurement system into the house and started measuring power consumption. Example: we have an irrigation system in the garden. My wife (the gardener) liked to be liberal with this system so she would run it 4 zones each 45 mins, every day during a dry spell. Turns out the pump is 2 kW... That adds up.

We also have electric floor heating in our bathroom. I measured that during winter & found that it was using 10 kWh per day! Now we just have extra floor mats in the bathroom. Etc, etc. I got rid of a file sever (had my own domain at home), reduced the number of NAS's (moved a lot of storage to Dropbox. Put remaining NAS & our printer on a timer, etc, etc.

It all added up.

hallchristian1 | July 31, 2013

To rch1708:
Great answer. Being located in Norway it will probably be difficult to match your solar elctricity productuion.
But you have provided me with a starting point. I will now research more around this. The beauty of it all would of course be to charge the Tesla from the sun.
I have also experienced that bying a Tesla stmulates increased interest in other forms of electricity saving - it is great fun!

rch1708 | July 31, 2013

Indeed. Applies to gas too. Shocking gas bill lead to us putting in a Honeywell EvoTherm (if I have the name correct) wireless control system for the heating. Brilliant, allows much finer grained control of how the house is heated. Looks like this will bring down our gas bill as well. We were paying around € 7000,- per year for gas & electricity. My goal is to halve that figure. So far we seem to be on target - without the MS of course.

rch1708 | July 31, 2013

My new hobby: I Spy EV Charge Points.

Just spied one in Bandol, Provence. Will "collect" it later...

Brian H | July 31, 2013

You lie like a rug! No way did you have 5.5MW peak panel capacity installed on the south roof of your house. >:)

Litennn | July 31, 2013

Brian H: Easy Brain, most non-engineer people do not know the difference between a 5500 watt system and a 5500 kilowatt system. I am sure he means it was a 5500 watt peak solar system.

It does not make him a liar.

rch1708 | July 31, 2013

Brian. I have 22 panels at 255 watts peak per panel = 5610 watts peak, so yes indeed, I slipped up with a "k", probably because I was trying very hard to stick to the naming conventions you laid out previously. In theory, in our part of the world those panels will deliver +- 5000 kWh during the year, according to various calculations.

It does indeed come over rather strongly to be called a liar in the circumstances, especially as I was respecting your previous call out. But I assume it's not meant quite so fiercely. However I'm struggling not to lash out at you for unnecessary verbal assault.

Brian H | July 31, 2013

Joke! Notice the smirking scowl smiley at the end.

Cindy I II III | August 1, 2013

Just watched the 1995 "Steve Jobs - the lost interview" (released in 2012) on Nefsis - more than 1 hour of Steve talking. Indirectly, it helped me understand my Tesla Psychosis a little better.

In the interview, Jobs talked about his disappointment in Micro-Soft for its lack of taste, being free of spirit, being pedestrian. Apple products, in contrast, are expressions of artists, poets, musicians who also happened to be the best computer scientists. The products provided the world access to the better things, changed the way we live, and people felt and responded to the inspiration...

The parallel here is quite obvious. I never understood the people who stood in line for hours at an Apple store before. Though still will not stand in line, I find myself mesmerized by the vision of a better future patiently counting down the days for my Tesla's arrival.

rch1708 | August 2, 2013

Today would have been my daughter's 13th birthday. I shall be deflecting myself reading enlightened comment on the various Tesla forums, watching Tesla videos and generally using you all to keep myself busy.

rch1708 | August 2, 2013
tobi_ger | August 2, 2013

My thoughts go out to you! Hopefully you will find a little bit of distraction here on this very personal day for you.
Best wishes!

rch1708 | August 2, 2013
rch1708 | August 2, 2013

Grrr.., trying to post a pic. Final attempt:

rch1708 | August 2, 2013

Kay's hair was multi coat red. Guess what colour I've ordered? :-)