Among all the reasons to buy an electric car, -freedom, savings, the tech, reduced global tensions, performance, the environment, blah blah blah- does it also just happen to be that on top of all that… you just love to drive? Self-driving technology aside, do you really really enjoy being behind the wheel?
I do. For whatever reason, driving is my “zen”. I am more relaxed, more in the groove, more at peace when behind the wheel of a car than just about any other time. Why is that? I don’t know. I’ve just always loved driving. A couple of times I’ve actually driven a car nearly 1,000 miles in a single day. Not easy to do.
If driving some distance alone you'll never find me sitting down at a Denny’s or Applebee's for a bite to eat. It’s always take-out or drive-through. Eat in the car. Get back on the road. Coffee in the cup holder (Yes, I know. Adjustments coming. Looking forward to it actually).
The closest I’ve ever been to nirvana was with a motor vehicle. It was riding a Harley down a remote, twisty mountain road in Northern California, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, while some local radio station was pumping out classic opera. The feel of the day, the sound of the motor coupled with the operatic voices belting out Figaro, all came together and had their effect. Coolest thing I’ve ever felt in a normal state of consciousness (along with that other thing).
Spaceship controls? I’ve had 'em in my cars forever. In my mind. On a long trip speedometers are boring. But if your instrumentation reads 70MPH, that easily translates into point 7 past light speed. Or it can just as easily be reading warp 7 if you’re in a Star Trek state of mind (and speculation is the Model 3 will be capable of trans-warp drive).
There's no end to the fantasy. Do headlights suddenly appear in your rear view mirror? You’ve got a bogie at 6 O’clock. Got a slow-poke in front of you? Turn on your headlights and blast them with your phasers. Some perceived danger on the highway? Punch in the cigarette lighter; Shields up! And you can ad lib everything from ‘commence primary ignition’ when you start the car, to ‘seal the pod’ when you roll up the windows (I’m not sure how that commence primary ignition thing will work with the Model 3).
Once you get your Model 3 the fantasies expand exponentially. You'll be able to engage in scientific inquiries. What is the shortest distance between two points? A straight line? A tesseract? Or, maybe ludicrous mode?
Anyway, do YOU Love to Drive?