- changed title to proto vs alpha
- I haven't ever seen the battery benchmarks listed specifically as maximum range. You would expect that's what they represent but normal use numbers would be marginally more useful.
- Sales rep mentioned the sunroof glass has some heat deflection tech. Allows light but deflects heat.
First off, I'm pretty sure they're running the alpha is built on Merc S 500 frames. Car looks great already and the potential for the cockpit is exciting.
Talking with a sales rep he stated all the testing was showing better than expected results.
As a reservee I'm expecting the following based on what I saw and heard:
Normal use ranges will exceed predictions based on new tech advances and conservative benchmarks.
At least 180, 250, 320 of normal use, not maximum range.
This seems to be the biggest demand for us and the biggest markup for Tesla. I'd do the same but we're feeding the fire.
Expecting to be able to swap to any other size battery pack. Already reading that the 230 and 300 interior will be smaller from the size of the battery pack. Not sure this would be big deal, by the time it's time to replace the battery (8-12 years) the 160 will be plenty of room.
Would like to see a means to attach a solar accessory to allow some 3rd party fold out panels or even solar spoiler for trickle charging.
I'd like cloth, synth leather and real leather options with leather being standard.
More sporty not less, more towards a Maserati GT/Aston Martin mix than a Camry. If they flatten the curves out, I'm out.
I think they'll exceed the 5.6 in 60 secs. More interested in handling than acceleration but it's going to nice to have both.
Sunroof - Standard with a delete option. Think we'll be 50/50 on who wants it or not for both the weight it adds and those who already get a sun overdose.
Early Adopters - While we'll get to drive the betas, I'm hoping Telsa will surprise all of us first year production folks with a juicy luxury upgrade or schwag. Also would like to see a guarantee for free retrofit for upgrades of technologies that weren't quite ready in time for production.
Lastly, while we'll likely get most the details we need before ordering day, hoping Tesla has a chance to surprise the industry and us with a few undisclosed features. I think they'll be blowing peoples minds already but final release should have some secret WOW factor to it.
How about others? Anything I missed? Also, we'll need a forum support group to get through the next 12 months.