Our Model S resides in Mariposa County, one of the more rural and conservative areas of California, no incorporated towns, no stoplights and lots of miles of lovely winding roads. We also have Yosemite National Park and some good restaurants.
Yesterday my wife and I were running errands and stopped by the County Solid Waste Disposal facility to drop off recycling. As I was about to pull away from the cardboard recycling area, I noticed a man approaching the car very cautiously. As I was rolling down the window, despite the fact the he was out of uniform and wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, we recognized our County Sherriff,. “I really love your car”, was how he greeted us – not a bad way to start of conversation with law enforcement. We got out of the car and started 20 minutes or so of Tesla Time. He said, “I’m a car guy and the Tesla is a big deal, it is huge! ”He was very familiar with the car and said that had read everything he could about it, but had never seen one for real, and that he never thought that he might see his first Tesla at the County landfill!
I asked him if he was familiar with the process necessary to safely crack open the car to rescue someone trapped inside. He said that he had received at least 11 copies of the video and that he and others in the department had studied it carefully. I thought for a few milliseconds about asking if they were interested in using our car for rescue training, but decided not to make that offer for some reason.
After looking in all the nooks and crannies, (no drug is there either), looking at the screen, etc., I offered him a test drive, but he declined. Later, I was thinking about how that test drive might need to differ from the one I did the day before. Maybe this is one case where you insist he does the driving.
Given the conservative nature of the County, one is never sure how people will react to Tesla, but the Sherriff here is a fan, that is for sure.