Submitted by wcalvin on July 5, 2013
The first full day workout in the new Model S is not all about testing zero-to-sixty acceleration. There is also deceleration to become accustomed to.
There is some hazard of getting rear-ended when suddenly slowing in traffic when all you do Is to take your foot off the accelerator to coast a little. Teslas do not coast. Stay out of heavy traffic until you master the art of slowing down.
Nor does the Tesla electric motor have the time delay of an ICE and gearbox and driveshaft. Much of that feeling of enormous power available to your foot on the Tesla's pedal merely comes from instant response rather than a hesitation. Driving an ICE, you only get near-instant response from a very powerful engine, floored. That's your standard of comparison. The combination of this, together with the near silence of even hill climbing, is what reminds some of "It's like warp drive!"
Your standards will change as you get used to the pedal responsiveness, both it's downs and ups. But your spouse may feel a little carsick because of your jerky driving.
Practice by yourself until you can drive a Tesla as smoothly as a chauffeur. (Now you see what prompted me to write this.)