Now that you have the car, what are people saying about it?

Now that you have the car, what are people saying about it?

I was wondering what comments people are receiving from passers-by, friends, and co-workers who see the car. I would like to hear about favorite conversations you've had. Living vicariously will need to sustain some of us. Please spill!

Volker.Berlin | December 19, 2012

"What happens to that 85kw battery pack you have when you replace it. Does it go to the landfill or what?" (JimBl)

January 26, 2011
Tesla's Closed Loop Battery Recycling Program
By Kurt Kelty, Director of Energy Storage Systems

March 11, 2008
Mythbusters Part 3: Recycling our Non-Toxic Battery Packs
By Kurt Kelty

jinglehyme | December 19, 2012

All true.

steve | December 19, 2012

OK, so I have had my Blue P85 for a bit less than 2 weeks. Someone in my neighborhood in Simi Valley rolled down his window and said, it is nice to see one of these in our neighborhood. He obviously knew what is was. Also, young guys tend to know their cars and the comment I get from them most recently at the gym is "this car is sick" which is about the best compliment you can get. :)

Blue, P85, Pano, Obeche Gloss, Black w/red piping, upgraded sound system (which is exceptional even for an audiophile except the radio reception), grey performance 21" wheels. The Blue-Black combo is sick!

JimBl | December 19, 2012

@Volker, thanks

all, waiting at a light and a gal pulls up in the next lane in her VOLT. She waves and gives me 2 big thumbs up. She then point to the rear of her car. The light changes and she pulls out in front of me quickly. On her bumper is a stencil "Poor Man's Tesla". I had to laugh.

BYT | December 19, 2012

@JimBl, LOL, awesome.

olanmills | December 20, 2012

lol that's a great story

Brian H | January 12, 2013

More stories, plz!

Pbfoot | February 17, 2013

Have had my P85 for about 6 weeks now and have gotten somewhat used to the drive-by picture takers, pedestrian double-takes, and people chasing me on the freeway to ogle the car. However, a couple of times on way to/from work this past week, have starting getting people with fast cars challenging me (have never seen them before to my knowledge). One day, had an M5 in front of me at a light as we were getting ready to get turn onto interstate. Light turns green, he romps on the gas and takes off; I was caught unprepared (and battery still warming up), so no contest. A few miles later on the freeway, a blonde in a 'vette cuts me off, sees me in the rearview (and maybe doesn't like how close I am), and proceeds to gun the engine and try to lose me. This time I was ready and stayed right on her tail. After a quarter-mile or so she gave up.

So be forewarned, temptations will abound! As my new license plates have now arrived in the mail to replace the 1" tall Cali temporary tag, I'll probably need to live a little less dangerously since I won't be quite as incognito anymore.

tranhv68 | February 17, 2013

As early adopters, we are ambassadors for Tesla. My wife and I are constantly asked about our car. She now has a stack of Tesla Brochures in the glove box which she got from the service center ready to hand out. I hope everyone who owns a Model S accepts the responsibility of being an ambassador and help educate the masses about our vehicle.

Brian H | February 17, 2013

Tell us more about the blonde giving up. How was it?

lolachampcar | February 18, 2013

Most that know cars very well simply sit there with their mouth open. The car is so very well done on so many fronts that there really is no immediate reaction apart from "Wow, I had no idea".

I routinely hand my Model S and Zero motorcycle keys over to interested (trustworthy) parties. I remember my first exposure and I get to relive over and over with each new smiling face.

OCMS | February 18, 2013

I had an interesting experience at the airport. I drove into arrivals where the police usually are at your vehicle within 45 seconds asking you to move along as you are not allowed to stop except during the actual act of having people enter your car. As expected, the police were right at my window almost immediately. As I was about to pull away, two officers frantically waved and motioned for me to roll down the window. When I did they said "No, no, we're sorry, we don't want you to leave. We just want to check out the car man. This is the Model S, right?" They proceeded to spend the next 15 minutes gawking at the screen, trunk, frank, etc. They even asked to sit in the passenger seat. They only stopped when my wife arrived out of the airport. During this time, two other cars drove up along side, asked if the car was indeed the Model S, and proceeded to take photos.

jbherman | February 18, 2013

@OCMS: I had almost the exact same experience at the airport last Friday. He was on my as soon as I stopped. " this a Tesla? Awesome! I've been reading about these!" Then 5min quick tour of the inside while the family I was picking up struggled with their luggage. What was I supposed to do?!

jbherman | February 18, 2013

*me (not my)

Laryrob | February 18, 2013

was at Pike Place Market Sunday an dhad a 40 person crowd around car when I came out! one group photographed every part of car and almost woldnt let me enter the car until I answered every question!

mdennick | February 18, 2013

From afar we've had thumbs up, several looks (we usually aren't watching so I'm sure there are more) and pictures taken. Up close, my wife has several folks come up to her, while I'm in Home Depot, to ask about it. She said one guy told his wife, "The Mercedes I wanted? Never mind I want this".

Sunday after I came out of a hair cut, a guy in line after me came out to talk to me. I ended up giving him a "quick" ride. He was just thrilled, and we had fun talking it up.

It's a thrill...let's enjoy it while these are rare.

reitmanr | February 18, 2013

I also keep brochures handy to give to the many people asking about the car. There is a new brochure available.
When it seems right, I also give them a Tesla key fob.
The interest level doesn't seem to be getting less- actually more folks are asking and looking
There are times I look out from a store or restaurant and there are several people examining the car... and I can not resist blowing the horn from my smart phone! Usually evokes some very interesting behaviors... looking inside and around the car to figure out why the horn blew. If possible, I do then try and answer questions, etc.

So the S is fun even when I am not driving it!

bsimoes | February 19, 2013

Many of us are still living vicariously through your stories, so I can't tell you how much I appreciate everyone who shares their stories. It is such "sweet sorrow" waiting. I'm still waiting for the electrician and the electric company to get power where I need it!

Sudre_ | February 19, 2013

I have had two nervious drives for about a mile with a police car was following. One continued to follow me right to my garage (off an alley) then give me the thumbs up for the car. Now I feel comfortable that if my car ever gets stolen the police will find it quickly.

I've been impressed with the positive response. The usualy MO redneck attitude doesn't typically like change. Everyone seems to like the car. I was giving one guy at work trouble when he asked me how I'd drive the car on vacation. I got him defending my car. I said, "I'll just take my ICE." He came back with all kinds of reason and ways I could take the S. It was rather funny. I laughed and then explained the Supercharges and RV charging.

Carolyn | February 19, 2013

A 16 yo came up to me at a charging station and asked, "Is that a Fiskar?" :-(
Sunday an SUV crossed my path at a 4 way stop. Mom rolled down her window and gave me a big smile and thumbs up while the kid was hanging out the back window waving like crazy.
Yesterday a Ferrari drove up behind me at a stop sign, blinked his lights, and gave me the thumbs up.
I've never owned a flashy car before. This is a thrill to drive. I look for excuses to drive to the store, post office ...

jjs | February 19, 2013

Living in the heartland were people tend to be very muted in their outward show of enthusiasm for just about anything I only have a couple of experiences beyond the regular rubber necking.

The other day a local neighborhood boy (16-18 year old) drove by in his very load Honda Civic (modified exhaust system) and yelled out the window. "Tesla?" I gave him a thumbs up and he did the same. I think it was funny the driver of a very loud ICE car gave the super quiet Tesla the teenage seal of approval.

The other experience, well my family is still laughing. My wife was driving and we had just gotten off the interstate. We were headed home with about 3/4 of a mile to the turn off to our neighborhood when a loud souped-up sports car driven by a young man came up beside us, revved his engine and took off. My wife, in her mid 50s said, "Oh, he wants to race." She said it so softly and kindly I just assumed she would let him go and that would be the end of it. Instead she floored it. He is in our rear-view mirror (or HD rear-view camera) so fast it was amazing. Just a few seconds passed and I looked at the speedometer and then at my wife and said; "85, really?" She immediately started hyperventilating, hit the brakes, pulled into our neighborhood and drove 3 miles an hour, pale as a ghost, all the way home. I think she thought somehow it would all average out. The car is so fast it outran her courage!

Velo1 | February 19, 2013

My neighbor rang our doorbell, and when I answered he asked if he could see our new Maseratti. He was even more excited when I showed him our S. Then a week after having the car I get a text from a friend asking if I got a new Bugatti. Fun.

Brian H | February 19, 2013

The 16-yo should have his teen Knowitall card revoked immediately. He's an embarrassment to his cohort.

tashbrook | February 19, 2013

Just gave my first test drive to friends at work. Now keep in mind these guys have Porsche’s, high end Mercedes, Maseradi’s. I believe the two comments I liked the most was “There is nothing I don’t like about this car” and “:”Holy ****” as we accelerated onto the freeway. Amazed that we could check the stock and sector news on the screen evoked another “Holy ***”. They never stopped smiling…

I also commute in at zero dark thirty in the morning. Love the cars looking over at the screen in the dark with wide eyes…

P85 Loaded.

Brian H | February 19, 2013

What's that expression about "having way too much fun"? ;)

Bennett R. | February 19, 2013

I needed to get a state inspection sticker, so I looked online to see what was the closest place to get one. It turned out it was at a car dealership for a different company (I won't say which). I called to make sure they could/would do the inspection for a car from a different auto company, and they said to bring it in.

When I drove up to the service area, I was immediately greeted by the head of the service department. He said, "Wow, that is a gorgeous car. Is that the new Tesla? I haven't seen one in person." He proceeded to ask me several questions about it, and every once in a while would say (again), "What a gorgeous car!" He waved one of his technicians over to show him. They both compared the looks to an Aston Martin.

He said that while they usually have one of their quick service mechanics do the inspections, he would have one of his best ones do the inspection on my car.

When they drove the car up afterwards, as I was taking care of the paperwork inside, I glanced over my shoulder to see my car outside. It was surrounded by 3-4 technicians just looking at it and admiring it.

They were not inhibited at all in their gushing over the car, even though they represented a different car company and their were customers all around. They just couldn't contain themselves. I thought that was pretty funny.

ThomasK | February 19, 2013

I love to say it's a Tesla. Wut? A tesla. It's electric. It's American.

Bennett R. | February 19, 2013

Should have said "...their customers were all around."

brijam | February 19, 2013

After making a full and complete stop at a stop sign and then goosing it to the speed limit, I was pulled over and given a warning by a very friendly cop. He said ordinarily he'd give a ticket for noise violation but the car was absolutely silent. A motorcycle cop pulled up too, got out, walked around with a flashlight and checked it out.

I was tailed by a Bentley Continental GT for some time desperately looking to race. The opportunity didn't present and the Bentley angrily roared off, not knowing how close he came to defeat. :) I would have liked to watch him in my rear cam.

Some kids pulled up in a Honda revving their engine playfully, so I showed them some off the line speed at a red light.

And I saw my first Model S driving in the wild, a Blue one. We exchanged friendly honks.

All this happened today. Anyone need some errands run?

Vic M | February 19, 2013

The Benz dealer wanted to take a ride and took pictures of the interior.

The toll taker on the Golden Gate Bridge craned his neck around and said "nice ride, gun it!"

Countless people just gawk. It is good to drive a car this cool.

Sig P85

Lush1 | February 20, 2013

Those unacquainted with the Model S are curious and impressed with the answers. Their jaws hit the ground when I pop the Frunk and the expressions are priceless. Those that know about it, friends and strangers alike, are kind and full of well wishes like; congratulations, god bless you, I'm happy for you, brilliant, have fun, you were really smart to get it, good luck, it's beautiful, etc. Every person I've encountered is rooting for me and for Tesla. Haven't heard a discouraging word yet. The response is more positive than I imagined. Everybody in the office building I work in (hundreds of people) all seem to know about it and like to come out and look at it. Those that have found me sitting in it during lunch, learning the controls and saving bookmarks in my browser, offer smiles and thumbs up.

Brian H | February 20, 2013

The socially acceptable, technologically amazing, and responsible self-indugence. What's not to like? ;)

Bennett R. | February 21, 2013

A couple of days ago, I got comments from three different people at three different times in three different places. One said it reminded them of a Maserati, one said and Aston Martin, and one said a Jaguar. Not bad company!

Brian H | February 22, 2013

The Aston Maseguar!

npatel23 | February 26, 2013

I'm TOO thrilled to drive this car! It is an absolute amazing experience everytime I get into it. My son asked whether he needs to wear a helmet when he gets in the Tesla....

From a very proud happy Tesla owner

reitmanr | February 26, 2013

At the ranch, in my driveway, in a parking lot in Menlo Park, the most frequent comment includes "beautiful Car". Next is probably some form of congratulations on having a M S.
And last night I was "interviewed " by a prospective Tesla employee.

And I find me commenting to myself how amazing the car is to Drive!

npatel23 | February 26, 2013

I too proudly wear the "tesla smile"

kalel65 | February 26, 2013

I get lots of gawking and thumbs up but I had an interesting comment from someone who drives a van near where I work. She stopped and asked me the usual (What is that? Who makes it? Who?; and admired the looks - mine is white).

She then asked to see the car and I proceeded to show her the interior, how the handles move, and told her about the car. She thanked me profusely and said she never expected to see such a car in real life; only in "science fiction" movies!

Brian H | February 26, 2013

Hm, there's an image and explanation: Musk is a (very hard) sci-fi writer who uses engineering and metal instead of ink and paper.

Michele C. | March 3, 2013

A man riding in the passenger seat of an SUV in the lane next to me rolls down his window while we're at a red light and motions me to do the same. After asking what kind of a car it is he exclaims, "It is a beast!" I was half a block from the service center where I had just picked it up.

The next morning I went to the grocery store and got two more compliments, my husband took the car out and received some more. We have had the car for two days and have lost count of the positive comments.

I love my Tesla! | March 3, 2013

While waiting for my daughter getting her hair cut I saw a 12 year old boy pleading with his Dad to go see the Tesla he saw in the parking lot (mine). Dad took him & his sister out to look at the car with them. The boy returned to the waiting area but kept looking at the car. So I pulled out my phone and started flashing the lights at him every time he was looking. I smiled & nodded at Mom & Dad when he was excitedly telling them the car was turning on it's lights. Then had a chance to talk with them about the car. (A little different than the daily long looks, thumbs up signs while driving).

Only one backhanded compliment so far from a conservative colleague who said he would never spend that much on a car (he never asked me how much I did spend)

hnashif | March 3, 2013

I picked up my car on Friday 03/01 from the factory. I drove home and then went out to dinner. I parked on Piedmont Ave in Oakland and got out of the car and crossed the street. A jogger passed my car and turned around to take a second look and crashed into a light pole! That was bad.

I went to THD on Saturday to get a hose organizer for the charger, and got thumps up from another shopper.

I was waiting at a stop sign in Berkeley on Saturday night, and a pedestrian stopped in front of car and called his SO's attention to the car as I patiently waited for them to finish crossing the street to drive.

A street person asked me if it was a Ferrari. I said no and that it is much more affordable and sensible.

Today I enjoyed some obscurity in my old ICE.

hnashif | March 3, 2013

I do like the minimalist look to it. When I compare it w/my 2001 530, the coin holder, the front door and seat back pockets are missing, but the center console provides more space than that on the 530. I know some other cars (my brothers Toyota) has more space.

Brian H | March 4, 2013

How does it feel to be riding in the belly of an Electric Beast? :D

info | March 4, 2013

I was leaving a condo last night when I saw three people in their 20's surrounding my car. One of the guys knew quite a bit about the car, but had never seen one up close. We chatted for a couple of minutes, and as I had a couple of minutes to spare, I asked them to get in. His response was "Seriously?" Once in I gave them a tour of music on request and Yahoo on the screen. I asked them to fasten seat belts and we took a 5 minute ride. They'll probably send me a Christmas present. I've already given them theirs.

Michele C. | March 4, 2013

Brian H,

It feels awesome!

wheatcraft | March 4, 2013

I don't even have mine yet (picking up at the factory 3/6/13, just 2 days from now!). But I got what I consider to be one of the dumbest questions ever:

How many batteries does it have?

Really? And this from a guy who has a Masters degree in Business, and is a Certified Financial Planner.

How would you answer that question?

My answer was:

How many do you want it to have?

I know, I'm a smart ass!

nickjhowe | March 4, 2013

About 7,500 (estimates vary). They are a variant on the Panasonic NCR18550A to what we assume is a special chemistry mix designed with Tesla, possibly with additional safety circuity.

nickjhowe | March 4, 2013

Oops = NCR18650A

wheatcraft | March 4, 2013

Thanks for the straight answer to a "smart-ass" post! I have your "Tesla Operations" spreadsheet, and greatly admire the technical analysis that you have applied to the MS. (I am a physicist myself.)