I’m a technology guy, whose day job is to run a surface transportation technology company (traffic lights, school beacons, emergency vehicle response, etc.). Before buying one, I did not know much about Tesla, but I knew I wanted to experience the car and technology firsthand. Is all of this for real? Is this really the way of the future? Six months and 10,000 miles ago I bought a Model S 90D to find out the answer for myself.
I had some initial questions regarding living with an electric vehicle: Isn’t this more trouble than gas? What about range anxiety? Is long distance travel really practical? The answers have totally surprised me. Having an electric vehicle is far more convenient than gas, primarily because you leave home with a full battery every day. You never get caught short and have to stop to pump gas in the cold. As for long distance travel, what a pleasure! Road trips are simple: follow the planned route on the 17” touchscreen which will automatically route you through Superchargers on the way to your final destination. Supercharging is a great time to stretch your legs, eat, and drink coffee. When your Tesla app on your phone goes ‘ping - ready to continue your trip,’ you carry on driving.
Are there really advantages of the car being connected to the Internet? The experience surprised me here again. Over-the-air software updates are a real game changer – the car is literally becoming better and safer the longer I own it.