Tesla Model S Review | We’ve Been To The Future And Back
If I tell you that I can quietly go from zero to 100 km per hour with an electric car in 3.4 seconds, you can’t slag me when I use the line, ‘the future is now’.
The Tesla Model S can do just that, plus a whole lot more than your average petrol guzzler. First up, it looks like a luxury car, not an electric car, so there’s no ‘Oh look at me I’m saving the world’ stigma attached.
To take you through the motions, upon approach the door handles will open automatically, just like in a Bond film. You’ll think you’re out of fuel when you silently start up, but it’s just part of the perks. When accelerating, it’s one smooth motion and feels a little bit like you’re in an aeroplane, while a low centre of gravity drive makes corners a breeze.
A roaring engine is replaced by roaring 21 inch alloy wheels that are controlled through an electric, adjustable steering wheel. Select sport, standard or comfort steering to best suit your style.
The Tesla Model S has more gadgets than the Batmobile. A 17 inch touchscreen lets you operate the sunroof, customise the climate control and raise or lower your ride all with a swipe or touch. Amongst other functions, there’s Bluetooth music streaming and a handsfree phone connection. We could go through all of the features of the car but then we would be here for days on end, so here’s a detailed list on the Tesla site.
With a sports style finish, the Tesla Model S lasts up to an impressive 370 km when fully charged.
The car key is a masterpiece in itself, it’s shaped like the car and the buttons are located on the key relative to what it activates. So for example, to open the boot you just have to press the boot on the key. To open the car doors you press the center of the key and to open the bonnet… you get the picture.
In the P85 model, there’s a huge boot at the back and decent storage up the front where the engine in a petrol car would usually sit.
There are currently two super-charging stations in Sydney, one in St Leondards and one at The Star, Pyrmont. The great thing about these charging stations is that it’s free to use and you get free parking! That’s another pretty good perk if you’ve ever tried to park anywhere near the city in Sydney.
In Melbourne there’s one in Richmond and one in Chadstone, with a lot more planned to be installed soon.
It takes as little as 20 minutes for half a charge and about 90 minutes for a full charge. While your car is charging you can go and grab a bite or go run some errands and keep an eye on the battery status via the Tesla phone app.
To wrap up, driving the Tesla Model S really made me feel liked I’d been to the future – now I just need to work a second job so I can stay there.