Elon would be proud

Elon would be proud

So, as I get back to my car parked in lot in Los Angeles, two business-man-looking guys, one in his thirties and one in his sixties, are hovering over my brand new Model S. As I approach, one of them asks me if this is my car. I proudly acknowledge that it is, fully prepared to give them the geek run-down for those, who have read about the car and now have spotted the first one in the wild.
To my surprise, they ask in unison: "What is it? It's absolutely gorgeous!". I respond: "It's a Tesla." "Who makes it?" They knew nothing about anything connected to the car, not about Tesla, not about it being a California car company, nothing. They just *loved* the way it looks. They were stunned when I told them it was electric, and I could see their view of the automotive world change right in front of my eyes.
Elon's goal of making the best car, not just the best EV, has been partially achieved in these guy's eyes and many of ours: He made the prettiest car.

Sudre_ | 19 febbraio 2013

Happened twice to me and I have only had the car for a little over a week.

Laryrob | 19 febbraio 2013

I was parked at Pike(Public) Market on Sunday and when I returned to the car there were 25 people around it and 10 were taking pictures at all angles including the wheels. Should have passed the hat!

Cattledog | 19 febbraio 2013

Yes, hit it out of the park. Go for the head AFTER you get their heart.

kilimats | 19 febbraio 2013

its not an exaggeration to say that the model S is the best leap in innovations brought to the car industry for the longest time ever, i have no doubt this car will take over the market really fast

Thomas E | 19 febbraio 2013

Happens to me everytime I park the car! Tesla time. Plan for it when I go anywhere now.

lolachampcar | 19 febbraio 2013

I take um for a ride which really gets their attention. If they are asking about buying one, they get to drive :)

c2tb | 19 febbraio 2013

I work at two different hospitals. At one hospital, I have been describing to one of my colleagues my model S as I anxiously awaited its arrival . A week after my car came he walked up and asked if I had gotten it. I told him I had and he said he saw a picture of it and then proceeded to tell me how he knew. His wife ( who is a complete non-car person) saw it parked at the other hospital and thought it was so beautiful that she decided to take a picture of it and send it to him who knew immediately that it was mine. I thought that was the greatest compliment from a woman who sees all types of exotic cars as she walks through the physician parking lot daily and only once was moved enough to take a picture....That was my Model S. Mission accomplished Elon

Brian H | 19 febbraio 2013

It's not a bug, it's a feature!

bshortell | 19 febbraio 2013

Where's the sound? exclaimed one man as he ran across the parking lot to learn more.

Brian H | 19 febbraio 2013

Heh. Play a grouch once or twice. "Geez, will it never end? Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year. Go and read all about it. Hmph." Then leave.


Dalec | 19 febbraio 2013

I had this exact exchange three separate times:

"What kind of car is that? Is it a Maserati? Or an Aston Martin?"

"No, it's a TESLA."


"T E S L A. It's electric. Made in California."

"That is one beautiful car."

bradslee | 19 febbraio 2013

Since I have had my MS from last December, I have had a number of times being asked about the MS and the common question is "where is the engine?" I always said to them "if you can find the engine, then this car is yours." People did go round and dig front and back to try to find the engine. Of course all of them were so surprised to learn what MS is (and were disappointed not to be able to get the MS from me). Before I showed how the MS door handles automatically come out, a person who owns a Mercedes said all luxury cars can automatically unlock the doors when the driver is approaching and Tesla did not do anything different. Once he saw how Tesla's door handles automatically came out, he was literally speechless.

Dave-LasVegas | 19 febbraio 2013

I have the same conversation time and again:
What kind of car is that? "It's a Tesla Model S.""Who makes that?"
There's usually a brief pause while they digest that they didn't hear a manufacturer name that they recognize.

I'm always polite, but it does get a little old.

nickjhowe | 19 febbraio 2013

@bradslee - as discussed in another thread, the factually correct answer to the question "where is the engine" is "it doesn't have one." It has a motor, but not an engine.

See Wikipedia article: "While colloquially interchanged, there is a difference between a motor and an engine. In common usage, an engine burns or otherwise consumes fuel, and is differentiated from an electric machine (i.e., electric motor) that derives power without changing the composition of matter." OK, it's a bit pedantic but a good conversation piece nonetheless. :-)

Fredhmartin | 19 febbraio 2013

I just got mine less than a week ago. So, telling people about the car is really a lot of fun. I honestly think a year from now the brand awareness will be very high. It amazes me than even in a fairly up to speed place like SoCal, tons of people still have no knowledge of the car. That's going to change quick with many thousands of cars on the road particularly in Cali. I've given ~10 test drives to friends and coworkers. They are all blown away. Riding in the car is fun, but driving a fast EV is a whole different experience that people can't truly appreciate until they drive it. The "one petal driving is amazing too". Totally easier and more fun than an ICE car especially in California freeway traffic.

bradslee | 19 febbraio 2013

@nickjhowe, thanks for your post. Many people still could not understand that an EV like MS does not contain an engine but a motor like you cited. In their minds, a vehicle cannot run without an engine.

Brian H | 20 febbraio 2013

Even in SoCal, no flower power involved. >:D Pedal, not petal.