The Tesla Psychosis

The Tesla Psychosis

My MS is ordered, due for European delivery in September. On the face of it, now it’s just a matter of waiting. But there’s something weird going on here. I’m addicted to reading everything I can find on the MS. I’ve already had enough solar panels put on the house roof to offset my entire annual driving. I’m busy getting a charge point installed. My wife’s expecting to find me checking out carpet and curtains for the garage. I got into my trusty Jag XKR this morning, started it and thought how primitive it felt. (I mean, who “starts” a car any more?). Late at night I close my eyes and head off into Teslaland. And, to be honest, this is all based on an all-too-short morning driving a friend’s MS a few months ago.

Frankly it must be some kind of madness, I must be going crazy. After all it’s just a car, damn it. It’s just a method of traveling from A-B. So how on earth can I possibly be enslaved to the idea of a mere product? Am I a victim of brilliant marketing or is it something more?

On the other hand… I love the idea of being off the grid, driving on sunlight. And then there’s that ride, that’s stayed with me all these months. And there’s the quiet. And the acceleration. And the idea that this is how a car really SHOULD be… I guess I'm buying more than a car here, I'm buying into an entire philosophy.

But something else struck me after I ordered my MS: one of my kids died a few years ago and life has been nothing but grim since. Losing her took all of joy out of living, all the colour out of life. Ordering the MS has woken in me a sense of excitement that I’d forgotten existed. So I’m indulging my obsession. I’m allowing myself to read every word written here and head off to Teslaland at night. It may be some kind of psychosis, but my view is BRING IT ON.

And keep writing the interesting stuff, guys.

sdhtran | November 4, 2014

I am a grown man, with a job and kids. My MS is on a truck that should be ready for pick up tomorrow. This has reduced me to an anxious wreck of a human being.

Captain_Zap | November 4, 2014

Isn't it great to feel like a kid again?

babstude | November 4, 2014

us "n00bs" really appreciate the bump on this thread - it's fantastic thank you !!!

and yep, can definitely relate to most that was said above ... tesla has achieved the ultimate in subliminal advertising and desire somehow - hey not complaining !!!

MitchP85D | November 4, 2014

rch1708 - Sorry to read about the loss of your daughter. But I assure you that your decision to join the Tesla club will be a life changing experience. My life changed when I test drove the P85 on 1 DEC 2013. I got the MS60 because I figured 302hp was more than enough for my purposes, and I have no regrets. Congrats goes to you for plowing ahead into this new venture!

NomoDinos | November 4, 2014


and suddenly the world is a better place :)

My favorite thread is back!

ccbldg | March 13, 2015

Oldie but Goodie!

J.T. | March 13, 2015

@ccbldg Great call back. One of the best posts ever.

Captain_Zap | March 13, 2015

I wonder how the OP is doing.

NOT AN ICE | March 13, 2015

Humbling, a good diversion from our first world problems.

All the best RCH

laykutsu1 | March 13, 2015

U are not the only one.. I spend way way way too much time on this forum reading stuff.. lord..I need to stop spending so much time here.. sigh

ccbldg | March 14, 2015


EVolution | March 14, 2015

Welcome to the Anonymous Teslaholics

teslagiddy | March 20, 2015

Your story brought tears to my eyes. And yes, I too am anxiously waiting for my Tesla trying to figure out how to deal with the anticipation... about 6-8 more weeks to go. I don't want people at work to know I ordered one (yet), so I find myself surreptitiously surfing the web for any Tesla news, like a kid sneaking candy when he's not supposed to! And at home I'm useless. I like the tip about getting the garage ready- I'll try that.

Larry@SoCal | March 20, 2015

Yes, thanks OP for this wonderful thread and thanks also for bumping it.
I'll add that two great moments in my years are experiencing the "small step for a man - a giant step for mankind" and the first successful electric car. Go, go Tesla!

ccbldg | April 27, 2015

Worth the read!

J.T. | April 27, 2015

@ccbldg An oldie but still one of the best posts ever. If you get too "verklempt" (thanks 1089) here's one for a chuckle :

SamO | May 20, 2016


Made in CA | May 20, 2016

@samo - thanks for bumping. I had not see this. Great thread.

SamO | May 20, 2016

@Made in CA,

Someone else posted a thread this week about suffering after the first test drive and remember this thread from when I was waiting.

Made in CA | May 20, 2016

@SamO - I was a bit late to the game. We only had to wait 4-5 weeks for both of our cars last year.

sklancha | May 23, 2016

The Tesla psychosis goes far beyond the predelivery obsessions. This is followed by the compulsion to drive WAY more than preTesla. And just when you think that you psychotic behavior has tamed down to a mere neurosis, something catastrophic will happen- like the Tesla has to go to the shop for the day for an annual service! All day? I have to be without it All DAY? Heaven forbid if they don't have a loaner and you have to drive away in an Enterprise ICE vehicle. That'll bring the full month of Tesla psychotic break.

jozwiak | May 24, 2016

Holy crap! So much of what was written here is so true. After making the decision I got more and more excited and started reading everything. I could. I know more about detailing than anyone I know. I was in the garage last night and thought the car was spotless I gave it a quick detail shine anyway. It does put a smile on my face which is just weird. At 62 I was never a car guy but this is something else. 45 minute conversations with strangers every other day. I've had mine for about 2 months and still can beleive I did this and how cool this whole thing is. I only got a page into these comments so maybe I'll read a few pages every morning.

sklancha | May 24, 2016

What makes the Tesla psychosis unique, as compared to [name your brand] enthusiasts, is it seems so universally contagious, plus the sheer number of us that NEVER behaved this way with any of our previous cars. You sorta expect a lifelong car enthusiast that just traded in their last obsession for Tesla, to continue with the gear-head enthusiasm. You don't expect a lifelong 'a-car-is-just-a-means-of-transportation' sorta guy or gal, to become a babbling piece of squealing excitement just because they learned their VIN number. THAT is the Tesla induced psychosis, which crosses the gender barrier and is just as virulent to the young as it is to the aged.

Rocky_H | May 24, 2016

I wish it were more contagious. My wife does not like hearing me talk about Tesla and electric car related stuff so much, because she's not that interested in it.

P.Dolby | May 24, 2016

Got a text from a friend that I've "ruined" him by having him drive the car. It's now all he can think about. He didn't say so but I think he put a deposit on a model 3.

This car really is outrageous in what it does and what it promises to do. It was well said previously that this car does more than just exist as an electric car... it offers hope. It shows us what is possible for ANY automotive manufacturer if they actually want to and actually make a product that people want.

The other thing it does is to shift the business model to allow the customer to be served.. not the company. The current business model is based on designing a car that you will replace in 10 years... that disgusts me.
Tesla.. doesn't actually want to make cars. They want to develop the technology. Because of that, they will likely not alter the basic platform much throughout it's years. They will only alter the guts as those guts become more and more advanced.
Batteries that hold more and weigh less.. motors that do not wear out.. materials advancements in drive and suspension components.

I see these cars being still on the road 100 years from now... venerated.. and still EXACTLY as powerful, classically beautiful and up to date as the day you bought it.

sklancha | May 24, 2016

@Rocky_H Insane people never appreciate what normal people think. You just happen to be married to a sane person :)

John in Oakland | May 24, 2016

Thanks for the bump. I had not seen this, and it's a lovely post with ever so many wonderful responses.

I too look for excuses to drive the car, on the highway or the street, doesn't matter. Typical conversation in our household: "John, can you pick up the dog from the groomers/day care"? "Sure, honey, I'm on my way!"

Owner since July 31, 2015.

ram1901 | May 24, 2016

Gotta wonder how (@rch1708 on May 21, 2013) is doing after all these years.

God blessed us with 3 sons and we had a few near misses with 2 of them in their early years. They're all in their 40's, married with lots of grand kids for us to enjoy now. Just can't imagine what I would have done if I lost one of my children at such an early age.

Tesla's Model S is one of those things that gives a momentary-exhilarating break from such a lose.... and it does it on a daily basis!