Embarrassing Moments with your Model S

Embarrassing Moments with your Model S

I didn’t even realize that I was doing it but when I walk up to my Model S I talk to her right as I expect her to present the door handles. At the local Shopping Center I walked up to my Model S as usual and announced pretty loudly, “Open Sesame Sweetheart” in reference to her presenting the handles. What I didn’t notice was a young and attractive woman walking by right at that moment and she assumed I was talking to her. I said, “Oops, I’m sorry” and she cracked up when she realized I was talking to the car.

Do you all talk to your Model S as well or have a moment like this to share? :)

ichong | April 19, 2013

My first commute after delivery of my model S, I was driving along and realized that I had forgotten to close the charge port. The only place for me to safely pull over at that point was a Shell station. I felt really embarrassed to be driving my shiny new Model S into a gas station.

jbunn | April 19, 2013

Oh my god, this is embarrasing because I've never talked to a car before, but I talk to mine. Often when I'm just passing by her in the driveway, and she'll present her handles, I'll mumble something like "Not now sweetie. We'll ride later". When I am ready to leave though, I'll usualy say something like "Hi Nikki, you ready?"

I really should have my head examined. I've even taken to calling her Nikki, and I've never named a car in my life.

jbunn | April 19, 2013

I like to think of them as Shell snack and beer stations.

NKYTA | April 19, 2013
Keep sticking with the short version and I hope our cars don't ever meet - could be a cat-fight! ;-)

"Good morning Nikita" and "Ready to go for a ride?" are common utterances in our garage. My wife convinced me that cars need to be named and that they were female - so a nod to Nikola and I catch the show Nikita on TV once in a while - the title charcter and the car are attractive, competent and not to be messed with! Cheers.

BYT | April 19, 2013

I could share what else I say to her but I'll keep this post rated G... :) All positive terms of course but I'm glad I didn't make one of those comments when the lady walked by.

JZ13 | April 19, 2013

My embarrassing moment: when my S died at the entry gates to my neighborhood blocking access in and out. Had to be pushed to the side of the road where it sat for hours until Tesla towed it to their service center.

herkimer | April 19, 2013

Ouch! And I imagine you were not treating with terms of endearment at that moment! Let you down in a bad way.

Well, I'm sure she feels sorry and wants to make it up to you somehow. We know she didn't mean to... hmmm I bet it was that damn 12v battery again, was it?

JZ13 | April 19, 2013

Actually a short in the AC inverter blew the fuse in the main battery pack. They never did figure out why. Not related to 12v at all.

The next embarrassing moment came days later when my dad was hosting a BBQ for 30 friends and family. They were all eager to see my car. Wasn't fun explaining my predicament.

Got my baby back 9 days later with a new battery, new motor and new AC inverter. We are now on good terms.

Carefree | April 19, 2013

Every morning when I walk into my garage and the car presents the door handle I wish her a good morning - she makes me smile every day.

jbunn | April 19, 2013

Like I said earlier, I never named a car, and the concept of an machine having gender seemed weird. After a week or two of looking down on her from my home office to her directly below backed into the driveway, it was inescapeable. If you don't believe me, look at your car from the back end from one floor up.

David Dennis | April 19, 2013

I wonder why they have fuses instead of circuit breakers, which could have been reset right away ... anyone know?

BYT | April 19, 2013

@Carefree, Sounds like a start to a love story, waiting for that book to be written... "My Model S and Me"

Anyone? No? :)

zwjohnston7 | April 19, 2013

David, fuses are much cheaper and take up less space. Just need a fuse block and a cheap fuse and that's it. Circuit breakers would require some sort of panel to rack into, costing more and taking up even more space. On top of all that, this would have to be a DC circuit breaker which would need to be bigger (and more expensive) than a similarly rated AC circuit breaker.
Oh, and using circuit breakers would add quite a bit more weight when compared to using a simple fuse.

Functionally, sure circuit breakers could work great, but not worth it at all here.

dbourne | April 19, 2013

6,000 miles and no embarrassing moments yet, just lots of people asking me "what kind of car is that?". My car is named "Nicholas" I figured it's an american car company so I'll used the anglicized version of Nikola. Unlike others I went for a male name. Perhaps it's because I play for the other team, or maybe a cool car is just a man's best friend :-)

carlk | April 19, 2013

@dbourne are you a gay? Not that there is anything wrong with it of course. Sorry I just couldn't resist.

LMB | April 19, 2013

No need to ask. Seemed obvious.

Velo1 | April 19, 2013

I am not sure it was embarrassing, but I pulled into a gas station, at the pump, got out and clean my windshield, then as I was driving away the attendant at the full service pump was staring at me. I smiled and waved with a thumbs up.

bsimoes | April 19, 2013

Velo1--are you ever tempted to say, "Fill 'er up!" and then watch as the service guy looks for a place to put the nozzle? I've had an almost irresistable urge to do this, but have stifled myself, realizing that it really is quite mean--both for the attendant, as well as the car!

BYT | April 19, 2013

@bsimoes, on my bucket list for if I ever visit Oregon... ;)

Hogfighter | April 20, 2013

I was letting my daughter drive us to Starbucks. As she was pulling into a parking space, she scraped the front passenger's wheel on the curb. So we're a little stuck and she's beyond embarrassed, and just then a BRAND NEW MODEL S pulls up next to me and the driver smiles!!

It was the first one I'd seen since I got my car. Yea, I know...why am I letting her drive it? Should have my head checked.

Robert22 | April 20, 2013

Possibly because your daughter will remember you forever as the coolest dad in the world for yet one more reason.

Robert22 | April 20, 2013

If one can get over the intensely possessive (okay pathologically protective) feelings that accompany ownership, allowing select others to drive the car can build goodwill like nothing under the sun. I let a colleague take me for a ride. Two weeks later he stood up at the end of a conference and suggested everyone go out and see my car.
Distinctly unusual behavior for an otherwise very staid guy. The Tesla Effect, once bitten you're infected and a carrier for life.

kalel65 | April 20, 2013

Amazing how quickly we anthropomorphize objects when they become animate in reaction to our presence. I also found myself talking to my car when the handles come out! Glad to know I wasn't the only one. What will happen when TM has the car talk back to us???

Brian H | April 20, 2013

People will start writing really hot apps!

kevinf311 | April 20, 2013

I've talked to all my Town Cars thus far, so I imagine that will continue when I take delivery of my S.

I haven't named any vehicles though, I usually just refer to my cars as "car" (not to be confused with the decidedly evil KARR, Knight Automated Roving Robot, from Knight Rider).

gagliardilou | April 20, 2013

I was driving home from church and sitting at a light( my whole family in the car - 4 boys and wife) when two young girls pull up next to me and honk I look over and she signals to roll down the window to my wife. My wife puts the window down and the girl asks what kind of car is that? I replied a Tesla model S. do you know what that is? She enthusiastically says " it's sexy as hell!" coming from church I am not sure I want my car to be sexy as hell but you get the point.

gagliardilou | April 20, 2013

By the way it wasn't an embarking moment but a cool moment!

gagliardilou | April 20, 2013

Sorry embarrassing not embarking.

BYT | April 21, 2013

LOL, thanks everyone for sharing! I thought it would be a fun post after what had happened to me! I think I would be embarrassed if another Model S owner saw me doing something boneheaded like scraping my 21" rims on the curb as well. :) Luckily it wasn't you but your daughter, sadly, I myself had done that but Tesla fixed the rim back like new and no new scratches (knock on wood) since on them.

Robert22 | April 21, 2013


I scraped a rim on a curb hidden in a snowdrift this past winter. What did they do to address it?


hamer | April 22, 2013

On a recent trip I pulled into a gas station / convenience store to use the bathroom, and pulled up to a pump in order to be able to park somewhere where it was unlikely that someone would scratch my car by opening a car door into it. This was in NJ where they have no self-service gas (which I forgot) and an attendant walked up looking for a place to fill up the car. I told him, "Sorry," and pulled out and went to a parking space on the far side of the lot where there were no other cars.