I just test drove a model s with 19 inch all weather tires, performance model during a light snow storm with some snow on the ground.
First the good. As everyone has said the car is incredibly stylish, their is plenty of storage and looks solidly constructed. It handled great in the snowy icy conditions. For a first drive of a car i felt quite coincident it its controls.
Now my issues. A 6' 2" and a tall torso i don't sit comfortably with the sun roof. I wasn't planning on getting the sun roof so no big deal. I've had this problem with most cars. Without the sunroof, i fit fine. However i felt the view out the rear window was horrid. I've seen very little discussion about this. Also as the snow came down it accumulated on the rear window. I had turned on the rear defrost and the tesla rep claimed she might have flipped it off. I drive a z4 with amazing site lines so this really bothers me. Have others had concerns? Is it like the prius where u get used to it? I can se driving with the rear camera on even if that is possible.
I am also concerned about energy usage. I couldn't tell anything as the battery was warming up. It showed an average use of 575 and i was driving very conservatively with the dash under 20kw. That number seemed odd is 20 = 200 that would seem ore in synch since i was drive around 30 mph.
My galaxy nexus also wouldn't pair. we tried two cars, both found each other, gave the code and then crapped out.
Finally, if u look at electricity lost charging, short trips driving in the cold, the need to heat the battery and cabin how much energy r we really saving over an efficient ice. I realize the tesla is much more than. An ecobox but i do want some energy savings. When u look at cost, i pay 16 cents per kwh and gas in nj is relatively cheap, so all the extra wasted energy kills the bottom line. Of course no paying ales tax on an 80k vehicle is huge.
All thoughts welcome. i appreciate the feedback. Please excuse any typos, this was typed on a tablet.
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