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The Ultimate Electric Driving Machine by An MSN Autos Consumer on 03/02/2013. Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: I received my 2013 Tesla Model S mid-size battery with supercharging option and it has been an amazing experience! I highly recommend everyone to go see these new all-electric vehicles at a shopping mall near you. I'm getting a consistent range of over 220 miles per battery charge, not being overly conservative and punching it every now and then, and this is plenty to get around Orange County and Southern California. I drive about 50 miles to and from work everyday, along with occassional trips to the supermarket and such, and I'm able to use it for 4 full days before plugging it in. Tesla recommends I recharge everyday in my garage, but I wanted to test its limits initially. Very impressed!
Cons: A little more planning was needed when I took a weekend roadtrip to San Francisco, especially since this is the mid-size battery version. In the end, I was able to use the Tesla supercharging stations to fill up for free within 45 minutes and the hotel I stayed in San Francisco had free charging for electric vehicles, albeit slower than the supercharging stations but I left it charging overnight. In the end, the entire trip did not cost me a single penny in electricity except the wear and tear on my tires, but some additonal planning is needed to hit the supercharging stations and other public charging spots.
Overall review: The future is here!! As battery capacity improves, I see this technology being the de facto standard. I remember back when I was a kid and I was purchasing my first PC. The computer salesman told me that I had two options... the 20 MB hard drive and the 40 MB hard drive. He recommended that I get the 40 MB hard drive and that would be plenty of digital storage to last me a lifetime!! Well times have changed, and we now have hard drives in the hundreds of GBs and we're now getting into Terra Bytes! As battery technology improves, I see electric vehicles using Tesla's technology surpassing gas-powered and hybrid cars with much greater range. Even the ability to recharge quickly will vastly improve with time. Remember this is only first generation! The wave of the future has started!
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