Initial review from Jason Calacanis - Sig #1

Initial review from Jason Calacanis - Sig #1

From Jason's Launch Ticker:

My mini review (in progress): I have seen a reaction like this before: when someone handed you a CD and then put Pink Floyd's the wall in a huge CD player in 1986, or when someone let you hold their iphone for the first time in 2007.
That's how people react when they're in the Tesla Model S. it's mind blowing.
[ Disclosure: Elon and I are friends. We both invested in each other's companies five or six years ago--long before I owned a Tesla. Our kids go to birthday parties together, we have dinner sometimes and we live near each other in Los Angeles. I'm far from objective as he's a close friend and I admire him deeply as a entrepreneur. Since Steve Jobs died I consider Elon the top entrepreneur on the planet--hands down. So, this review is objective about the car--but I'm biased since I know the man. Note: I had a small amount of Tesla stock (10k shares), and I sold them after they doubled. After driving the Model S I'm thinking of buying more. ]
Yesterday I got series #000000001. The first car available to the public. How did I get this car? It's a long story, but basically I sent a $50,000 deposit to Tesla *before* they started accepting deposits. I begged them to cash it. They did, and as Tesla Roadster owner 16 I was able to get the top slot (they gave the first 100 Roadster folks first shot at the Model S).
The huge center display in the car is so far beyond what you expect from a car it's confounding. I opened a Google Doc of the LAUNCH Ticker and watched folks editing it in real time. Then I had my iPhone's cover art in the dashboard HUD (the drivers), along with 1st person directions--all while having what feels like two ipads on top of each other in landscape in the center console.
You can maximize and flip windows better than on your iPad. I wish my iPad had the dual window function--and I'm certain Apple will steal the concept. It's that natural and obvious when you see it. Two windows, one iPad: go!
The acceleration is terrifying.
Literally. If you're a passenger not expecting it you're going to scream like you're on a roller coaster. Being in a sedan your brain expects to coast--which the S does well--but if the driver feels like laughing they can secretly push the pedal to the floor and silently the car pins passengers to their seats before they know what happened.
Then as the world starts to blur like you're in the Millenium Falcon, you're doing 50, 60, 70 or 90 in 3, 4, 5 and 6 seconds (I have the performance model). All with no sign of stopping.
The acceleration simply doesn't stop. SNM ('Someone not me') took it from 0 to 100 and almost stained the seats getting while getting on the freeway. Again, SNM.
You feel like you're going to hit 88 and go back In time when the flux capacitor kicks in. It's bizarre. It's otherworldly.
Then there are dozens of details you discover. The Frunk, which can fit your overnight bags. The center console, which can also fit an overnight bag. Each of four wheel wells that, you guessed it, can each hold an overnight bag.
Oh yeah, there is a huge trunk that can hold two kids in jump seats or a dozen more overnight bags. With no engine, unlike a normal car, there is a lot more room. It's an SUV in a sedan's clothing.
The storage is absurd.
Oh yeah, there are cute little crew ports hidden on the roof under tiny flippable covers for bike racks and ski racks--and who knows what else Tesla will dream up.
This is the future delivered early, and it sets a standard that will keep the CEOs of Toyota and Mercedes up at night. Perhaps that's why they invested $100M each in the company two years ago. They understood they simply can't catch this comet--so they might as well grab a piece.
This car will sell wildly beyond expectations like the iPhone and iPad did, and if Musk can make a $30K version it will become the Apple of cars.
best @jason (After 24 hours)

SMOP | August 27, 2012

there is no separate "PEM" in the Model S the power electronics inverter is packaged with the motor and placed in the rear axle

Brian H | August 28, 2012

Beside the motor.

Timo | August 30, 2012

OTOH all the actual electronics in that PEM are probably made outside of the Tesla, at least chips needed for the job. It can be a bit like battery pack, parts come from outside, assembly is made by Tesla.

Brian H | August 31, 2012

So, what'a the 1st ~3 weeks been like? Bored yet? ;)

Tiebreaker | August 31, 2012

Brian H

Tesla. Not Marconi. Radio...

petero | September 1, 2012

Tiebreaker. Next your going to tell us that Thomas Edison didn't invent the light bulb?

stephen.kamichik | September 2, 2012

Tesla was trying to transmit AC power without wires. Tesla built a SPARK-GAP generator. Marconi studied Tesla's old papers and built a SPARK-GAP generator and used it to transmit signals. Marconi did not invent the radio, he merely adapted Tesla's SPARK-GAP generator to transmit signals.

Tiebreaker | September 2, 2012

Tesla was first awarded a patent for the invention of the radio, then the patent was inexplicably given to Marconi, then in 1943 (afrer Tesla's death) reverted back to Tesla. A nice article:

Timo | September 3, 2012

@petero, first light bulb was made by Humphry Davy some 50 years before Edison. There are actually quite a few people before Edison inventing and experimenting light bulbs. However Edison was the first to produce a long lasting one. I think the main reason why Edison is considered as light bulb inventor is that he invented (and patented) the screw in the bulb that we are using even now.

Alastair.Nantes | September 3, 2012

Yep, Alexander Graham Bell didn't invent the telephone first either. It was invented by Antonio Meucci from whom Bell took the idea. Full story here->

Is anything I learnt in School (still) accurate? :-)

Brian H | September 3, 2012

AGAIK, the screw-in was just a practical adaptation to enable conversion of the gaslight sockets that were already everywhere. Most inconvenient now; snap-in would have been lots handier.

Brian H | September 3, 2012

Corr: AFAIK, ...