I know this is probably going to get a lot of defensive responses and if it's already been discussed I apologize for not finding that thread. But I've been speaking with my friends about making a Tesla Model S purchase and getting this kind of responses from some:
I personally think the Tesla is a really cool car, but its just too expensive and too limited for the price. The point of buying and electric car is to save money, and save the planet. But, with a $100K+ are you doing either? The amount of money you save on gas, offset by using electric off the grid, doesn't make up the amount of fossil fuel and other resources used in manufacturing.
So, even if I had your bank account, I would get a NICE hybrid that has unlimited range, and has a high speed electric mode 25-40mph, so around urban areas you stay electric.
$100K is just too much to NOT have your cake and eat it too. If the car had a 500 mile range, and a quicker charge, and a lower price tag, say $60-70K then I would say that's within reason.
Ask yourself why you want the car?
1. It looks cool, but there are WAY cooler looking cars for the same price.
2. Its electric with a decent range for city driving, but if you want to take a 2 hour drive somewhere, you can't, you won't make it back home, that's a deal breaker for me for a $100K car. So the reality is, if you do any traveling of long distance, the VERY reason to have a car that saves money and gas, then you need to buy ANOTHER car for those trips.
3. I don't want to baby the car, I want to hammer it down and feel the performance which means you will burn the battery 2x as fast, and your range go down to 100-150 miles with aggressive driver, else why the [unprintable] get a sports car?
The TS is a sick car, but if I had money to blow, I would still feel cheated by its lack of range, and lack of gas motor AT ALL, to get me where I want to go. Right now, the Chevy Volt is the best hybrid out there if you want range, performance, and something that looks cool, and won't break the bank. Save $50K, use it for something else :)
$100K for a car is just too much money by any standard, especially if it doesn't do everything. I feel like you will have buyers remorse almost instantly.