“It's like a sports car, a luxury sedan, a golf cart, and a spaceship had a baby – and it’s awesome!”
I'm a proud Tesla owner, and people regularly ask me questions about my Tesla experience.
First, I wish someone had shared a link with me to save money on a new Tesla. So here it is for you:
Does it take gas?
No. Zero gas. Zero emissions.
Why did you decide to buy a Tesla?
Overall, it's an amazing car! And, I wanted the convenience and freedom of its autopilot feature.
What did you buy?
I own a Tesla Model S refreshed. I ordered it in late April, and I took delivery June 22, 2016, at the Orlando service center.
* I upgraded to a 75 via an over-the-air update.
What’s been your experience?
Two days after I took delivery, I broke "Tes" in on a two-week, 4,500-mile road trip with my family to our lake cabin in North Minnesota. The drive was super easy with autopilot. I only regret putting so many miles on my baby.
My goal was to keep the mileage under 15,000 miles per year. It's so fun to drive that I was well over that pace after the first six months of ownership!
What do you love most about your Tesla?
I love seeing people take selfies in front of my parked car. I also love having people flag me down to ask me about it.
How much did your electricity bill increase?
My bill has increased by about $50 per month, depending on how much I drive it.
How far can you drive your Tesla before you recharge?
I have up to 240 miles of range. I did a 4,500-mile road trip after only having my Tesla for TWO DAYS. I drove my family from Florida to our Minnesota lake cabin from June 22 to July 8. It was awesome! Sure, I regret putting 4,500 on my brand-new Model S ... And, how could I leave my brand-new, two-day-old Tes home for two weeks?! I waited months to finally have it. The free supercharging was an incredible experience.
What are the negatives?
If you fly, you might have to rent a car, and that means reverting to ICE! Yuck! ;) We just went on a one-week vacation, and I had to drive an Avalon as my rental. Ha! Also, some people get range anxiety. I haven’t had any issues, especially now that there are three times more superchargers.
How have you customized your Tesla?
I’ve made several upgrades:
If you were Elon Musk for a day, what changes would you make to the car?
What’s a surprising feature of ownership?
I love waking up to a full charge every morning. No more gas stations. No more dirty hands and handles. It’s like having a personal – invisible – fuel truck.