The real reason why I got a Tesla

The real reason why I got a Tesla

Its pure mid life crises. Not into green this and that, give me Paleo before eating vegan, sprouts…seriously people we make no difference. Please pay a trip to Africa or South Asia…millions of motorbikes, emission pollution up the gazoo that are not changing in our lifetime with comfortable westerners driving luxury sedans. I also did not get it to sit and calculate drag coefficient, charge rates and pretend to be Thomas Edison. Got it because we had a stellar financial year in a crummy economy, gadget car to the max, total wow factor and not interested in Americans fighting for hearts and minds (Oil Interests) in countries that would rather see us fail.

That being said I think I'm a good demographic and don't need to post "No Emissions" on my head to in order to feel superior.

bb0tin | April 18, 2013

Lucky for us that Tesla have Franz on board

alsettesla | April 18, 2013

It is great to see that one car can appeal to such a broad range of motivations. My motivations were as follows:

1. Awesome car. I am a car guy. I've always spent disproportionate amounts of money on cars relative to my income, because I really love cars. This is by far the best car I've ever driven (I've owned cars from Cadillac, BMW, Audi, and Porsche and driven cars from Bentley, Mercedes, Ferarri, Lamborgini and Aston Martin). For day to day driving the Model S is without peers.

2. Great Technology. I've always been an early adopter and I take joy in watching new technologies develop. I know that there is a risk to being on the 'bleeding edge', but I actually enjoy working through the issues early adopters face (although I must say, my Model S has not had any meaningful technology issues).

3. Sustainable Development. The Model S is a great step forward on the path of sustainable transportation. There is a loooong way to go,but this represents a significant advancement.

I was not motivated by economics (but I'm glad that the value proposition is competitive), made in USA, or an inherent distrust of big oil or the existing Automotive Industry. I can definitely understand why these would be factors for some individuals and I'm glad these factors broaden the appeal.

jandkw | April 18, 2013

I agree that GREEN alone cannot sell. I bought the MS because she is:

1. Clean, well architect-ed and revolutionary design
2. Great performance, never driven a car with that good of handling, quietness, effortless and seriously fast
3. Computerized, hi-tech business is my whole career for many years, from semi-conductor to PC and storage development. The 17" computer is the future of cars and Tesla did it right the first time, very impressed. I expect many useful apps will follow.
4. Fuel savings, my last month KW usage compared to the same month of last year is doubled but with the TOU meter, I pay only 80 cents. My estimate of fuel savings for 10 years is about $28K.

Plan to keep this "Treasure" for a long time.

Lush1 | April 18, 2013

When I first heard about the Model S in 2010 I was blown away with the looks, the performance, the low operating cost, the ZTPE, the liberation from petroleum, the comfort and the goals and ideals it represents. It is a game changer. I am proud to be an early adopter of a technology that should start a revolution away from gas guzzlers. I can't deny that the luxury aspect is appealing and at 61 with back problems, I can't tolerate a small, uncomfortable car. I spent way above my usual limit and it wasn't easy, but I have no regrets. Some of my reasons were selfish, some not. Will I change the world, no. Will Tesla, maybe they will be a step in the right direction, maybe much more. Time will tell, but as they say, the longest journey begins with a single step.

My next project is to build a solar farm on the roof to put back some or all of the energy my Tesla takes from the grid. I feel much better about the Tesla than I felt about my 5 liter MB with its 15mpg city mileage. We all can do our part, no matter how small. Do nothing and you are part of the problem. No shame in getting a bitchin' car in the bargain.

End of cliches.

reitmanr | April 18, 2013

+1 stymyg

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