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I've been fairly obsessed with the Model S since I first saw the prototype, frequently checking for new updates, photos etc. The thing is, I'm not a car guy. Before the Model S, I really couldn't care less about cars. If it got me from one place to the other without using too much gas, that was fine. I wouldn't have dreamed that I would be sitting here reading a forum about a car that isn't set to be released for another year. What I always have been, though, is an early adopter. As soon as I hear about some new tech, I've got to have it and have the best one available. I've also always been pretty concerned with the environment and the news concerning climate change just gets worse and worse. What about you? Why do you want a Model S?

I wasn't a car guy either -- until I bought myself the first car I ever purchased on my own, a VW Jetta. The car (I bought it new in 2003 and still have it running well) has a 1.8 liter turbo'd engine. I did not realize at the time what it felt like to drive a car with a turbo or for that matter a car with any amount of power to it. On my way from the dealership to my insurance company I accidentally pushed the car harder than I intended to and the turbo reared its head. I have ever since been stuck on cars and performance. I learned to do all my own maintenance on my car as well as having done a few modifications on the car myself.

My car is now getting older, I have a baby on the way, and as someone who is striving to be environmentally conscious, I found myself looking for a new vehicle that could easily fit a baby seat, and satisfy my desires to both have performance and be green. The Model S is pretty much the only car I've found that can be all of that.

If I am not able to get a Model S, I may have to sacrifice one of those goals. It currently hinges mostly on what kind of bonus I can get.

1] I'd like to do what I can to reduce the USA's imports of oil. Even in the worst case of a local electric utility that burns oil, word has it that I can get more miles per barrel from the oil-produced-electricity than from the gasoline in an ICE.

2] Look under the hood of any modern car. There's a lot of stuff there that all goes away with an EV. Fewer things to go wrong. Less maintenance. When I go into the ICE car's dealer's maintenance shop now, all of us who are waiting use black humor as we all agree we're getting ripped off every time. I won't miss that. I hope the owners saved all the money they've taken and I hope they'll have to retire soon.

3] I've been driving minivans for too long. My kids have left the nest, and I'd like to drive a car I enjoy driving, without feeling guilty about the fact that I've more of a lead foot than others in the family. Thank you, regenerative braking! I'd like to be able to take 4 people to dinner with me, something you can't do with a Roadster. (The Roadster is too expensive for my tastes, anyway.)

4] I'm not afraid of new technology, especially technology I understand.

5] The more EV cars there are, the more charging stations will sprout and then positive feedback will occur. Letting people see my car in a parking lot or on the road can only help accelerate this, multiplying the wave of conversions to EV.

6] I have 10kW of photovoltaics on my roof for some years now. Soon they will have paid for themselves. After that, a portion of the power they generate will go into my car instead of back into the grid, and I'll be driving on converted light and still be pushing way more than half of the power back at the grid. Pretty cool.

yeah, TM is pretty much an early adopter's dream. Way ahead of the curve and also quality-obsessed. Which means likely to stay ahead of the curve for some time to come.
As for your climate change concerns, let me ease your mind. The "projections" (they daren't call them actual predictions) for the coupling of CO2 emissions and temperature change have been failing since about '98. Temps are now stable, and likely to start falling as the solar minimum deepens. Bottom line: the temp curve is way below the projected level for having ceased CO2 emissions in about '98 or '00, much less the actual surge experienced.

In scientific hypothesis falsification terms, the Null Hypothesis ('It's all natural variation, CO2 has nothing to do with it') has not been rejected, and must be treated as the default and correct one.

But the "local scale" greenness of EV use remains, and is the real gift to your neighbors and environment of using one.

No idea of your financial picture, but hope you can make it work. Are you a local-only driver?

Yeah, you sound like one of several 'ideal cases' of a prospective Mod-S users. It would be a source of continuous satisfaction and pleasure, it appears.

I'd echo all the comments from mwu and EdG as I like less to go wrong, no oil and love new tech. And I'd add:

1. Design - I love the design of the Model S and think that it's the only EV that is nice to look at. And Tesla takes a great stance on the environment so I feel that their impact will be a huge step forward.

2. Simple dash - I love that there are no buttons on the dash to wear out.

3. Performance - Quick acceleration and great handling while carrying 5+2 people (hopefully). Our 07 Civic Hybrid is a lame duck after the IMA software update.

4. Glass - Really looking forward to the low e glass

5. Sound - Since it's an EV I hope the interior cabin noise will be super quiet (<10db maybe?) at highway speeds and hope that the under 30mph sound is awesome and/or configurable.

I want EV for performance reasons and easy to use. Not needing to go to the gas station is a huge bonus, and Tesla has proven what I have known for some time: that EV can be faster (where it matters) than equally priced ICE car. With fast developing battery tech this difference just gets bigger. Double-engined lighter and smaller version of Model S would be insanely fast race car.

Unfortunately Model S is not a car for me: if I think with my mind and not with my heart it is too big, too low and too expensive. I want one, but wanting is insufficient reason to buy one. Thinking purely practical sense something like Smart Fortwo would be sufficient to me, but I really do want something with a little bit more oomph and better looks.

No idea of your financial picture, but hope you can make it work. Are you a local-only driver?

I can afford it, but I with a kid on the way (and a house mortgage in the last few years), it's mainly about whether I can comfortably afford it. It's just about that time of life where costs jump significantly, lol.

Yes, I am mostly a local-only driver. Recently I have been telecommuting for a company that is about 300 miles away, so I'll probably take my wife's ICE vehicle on those trips until there are enough charging stations along the way for me to make the run with a stop or two. That'll probably take a little while considering it's between North and South Carolina.

@ mwu No idea of your financial picture, but hope you can make it work. Are you a local-only driver?

Was that question to me? I can probably afford Model S, but that would not be sensible car for me. It is just too big and expensive. Roadster would be better for me for practicality (as weird as it sounds), but that one is beyond my capability of pay (unless I do some quite "stupid" things, like move to cheaper home and sell this one I now have, though money from this one would make payment easy). I also need quite a big range for my trips, at least 450 miles or fast charger between places, and those do not exist yet. So I wait.

Actually I was trying to quote Brian H, but the formatting didn't work properly.

I can understand those reasons -- the 450 mile trips work best in an ICE right now. Perhaps as the tech evolves...

Well I want it because it is my only chance of getting at high performance car
normally I would not be able to effort such a car because of the Danish tax system (180% registration fee + 25% vat)
I'm definitely a local driver as I only drive 10 miles per day

I have always wanted an electric car.

I like to be on the edge.

I like to be noticed but roadster is too impractical.

My first reaction is "Who wouldn't?"

But specifically:

1) I've wanted an electric for a long time. The Prius was a very nice compromise, but temporarily so and not the final goal.

2) I want the room and comfort that I suspect the Model S will provide. No other electric now available comes close to it in quality or range. At least certainly not anything near its price range.

3) I can't afford a luxury car, but I feel I can justify it with the Model S. So it costs twice or more than that of the Nissan Leaf, but for two and a half times the price of the Leaf I'd get three times the range, much better quality, and a lot more room. Plus, at this point I trust the Tesla's drive train more than I feel I can that of the Leaf.

Yeah, the Leaf still trikes me as green behind the ears, or SLT. ;)

1. Tesla's a domestic car manufacturer. I love Chrysler, but their not making any Hybrid/electic vehicles for a while...and none that I would want or electric Fiat 500 is nice...but not enough room for my needs.
2. I don't trust the reliability of the Chevy Volt, too cramped, and its ugly.
3. The Model S is actually fairly affordable if I manage my money correctly, and the costs of ownership are probably way lower than owning most other cars.
4. Its sexy, spacious, safe and has a handful of power. The interiors looking great, and I'd have it over a BMW, Benz or even a Maybach for that matter...but not a Rolls Phantom...but then I run into gas issues, and insurance.
5. Its got range. No one else is offering anything close to that for a purely electric vehicle. I can go on short vacations in the thing, and actually carry everything. Just hoping they add solar cells tot he roof and stuff to help with stuff, and extend the range slightly.
6. Its got everything I love about cars, and I feel spending the extra money is helping to save the planet and its inhabitants. Its worth it.


Being an American manufacture is an added bonus. The Volt doesn't have nearly enough range, although it's closer to an electric than the Plug-in Prius.

I want one so I dont need to buy gas. I am sick of being a slave to gas, oil, and all the other fluids.

Its pathetic; the price goes up and down nearly $0.50 a day here.

There are also all these cheesy 'fuel rewards points' programs that I get sucked into for pennies off a gallon. So if I fill up I save $4 of a $50 purchase.. yay....

Its amazing, after work people flood to the lowest priced has stations in town. Each time the price rises or falls it sparks a feeding frenzy.

Im just sick of it. I am ready for change.

In no particular order:

  • Looks: The Aston Martin-like styling turned my head before I even knew I was looking at an EV.
  • All-electric: I earn a good living as a consultant in the electricity industry, so this is putting my money where my mouth is.
  • Operating costs: Not only is electricity cheaper per mile than gas or diesel, the maintenance cost of a pure EV should be far cheaper than an ICE or a hybrid.
  • Ultimate fuel flexibility: Our energy sources are in flux right now, but whether natural gas, nuclear, PV, wind, or waves turn out to dominate, an EV can use any or all of them to operate. ICE vehicles, not so much.

When I recently bought a summer home in Maine, I made sure that the distance was less than 200 miles to keep is safely within the driving range of the mid-tier battery!

Of course, I might still not buy the Model S, depending on its final configuration, cost, and feel. If I pulled out, though, I'd have a lot of explaining to do to all those to whom I've been proseletyzing!

I want one so I can have a set: Roadster and Model S. And then we won't have a car that uses gasoline at all. Why else? 8-)

I am buying it because it is designed the way a car should be designed, rear engine-rear wheel drive, aluminum body and great looks.

I want an electric car and preferably not a golf cart. It needs to be quick, quiet and smooth to drive, but it doesn't need to burn rubber.
I want to get away from filling the pockets of big oil and the towel heads. I want to get away from filling the pockets of the government (we pay more tax on gas than for the gas itself).
I can make electricity myself, but I can't make gas.
The Roadster is too expensive for me. The ImiEV is too small. The Nissan Leaf is almost there, but Model S is, with all its short comings, as close as a perfect match to all my automotive needs as I could wish for.

I do not have a car right now, and living in Berlin, I can do very well without. Yet, I'd like to have a car at some point, primarily for leisure activities with the kids, but also for a little more convenience in some (actually rare) everyday situations.

To be honest, a Toyota Prius or even a Ford Focus TDCi would be economically far superior to the Model S, and ecologically not much worse. So, why do I want one, then? Seems to be pure luxury. Fun-factor and early-adopter factor seem to play a major role. To be honest, the Model S is a very expensive gadget that, fortunately, can replace any Priuses or Focuses I'd otherwise consider.

There is another reason though: I want to make a statement to all those naysayers and ignorants that currently have an easy game stating that they "must drive" and "must pollute". No, you need not. There is an alternative, and even a very sexy one. You do not have to give up on the status symbol the A6, 5-series, E-class offers. You can have an even more impressive car and stop adding to the city smog and climate change today (well, tomorrow ;-). The Priuses and Focuses are useless to make a statement like that; although they are very useful cars, they are no accepted alternative for the typical company car driver/business man.

One more reason: Being German, I am quite ashamed that Toyota and Tesla are technologically far more advanced than anything the German auto industry has to offer. I want to make our local industry notice Tesla and I hope that every additional Tesla that drives on German streets is another motivation of the established German car makers to put more effort into alternative drive trains and stop putting all their resources into protecting their (admittedly extremely sophisticated) ICE technology.

Performance isn't the draw for me, my current ride is a 2012 5.0L Ford Mustang.

I have two main reasons, and a couple honarable mentions:

1) I'm an Electronics Technician with some Engineering creds. I don't know much about ICE's, but electronics are my stock and trade. I'm comfortable with them, and I can do maintenance on it as I need (or tweaking }BD ).

2) Gasoline is a non-renewable resource. That means when we use it up it is GONE. We need to start replacing it NOW, and I see EVs as the best method to do that. BEVs are practical NOW, 90% of the other options AREN'T.

As for the Model S over the Leaf, it's all about my perceptions. I see the Leaf as a gimmick. It's short range and lack of options, plus it's all recycled schtick is just an attention getter for Nissan. Is it a bad idea? No, but it doesn't go far enough with technology. The Model S does.

My #1 through #5 are the same as EdG.

My #6 is my house is entirely powered by solar (I slightly over produce electricity, actually).

#7 My wife and I are expecting our first child in February, and I would like our child to grow up as energy independent as possible. My wife plans on gettIng the Model X in 2013. So, normal to our child will be to live in a house powered by the sun, and travel in cars powered by the sun.

#8 The car is Kick Ass! Sure, people can (and have) nit-picked the design, etc. But, no car has an infotainment anywhere close to the Model S. And I like the design, it's sharp. It would have been cool if the prototype was the production model, but maybe the Model S 2.5 will be closer to the prototype, and I'll trade up.

I haven't owned an American made car in 30 years. Last one was a crappy 1974 Mustang. The one before that was an even crappier 1973 Pinto. Needless to say, I still have a sour taste in my mouth. The USA hasn't been a worldwide manufacturing leader in years. It's all moved overseas. I'm not a "treehugger" but when I learned that we're importing 60% of the oil that we use in the automotive industry, that was the last straw for me. I decided that my next car would be a plug-in electric vehicle. But, I cannot bring myself to drive an econobox (been there, done that). So, Leaf is out, Volt is out. I drove a Tesla Roadster. Love it, but I'm too big, and it's too small. Tesla Model S will be the perfect car for me.

1. High Tech, 100% electric & Made in USA (Silicon Valley).
2. Roomy, Fast, & Plenty of Luxury.
3. 300 mile range (3x the competition, with range options).
4. I'm done with buying gasoline (hybrids too).
5. Few will lead. Many will follow. I'm a leader.
6. I always root for the underdog (Microsoft, Apple, Google, Tesla).

@David, #6, which one of those is the underdog? To me that looks that you listed the opposites of underdogs.

They all were underdogs, only at different times.

Funny. Timo, yes, they were all underdogs.
- IBM was certain they would crush Microsoft, and IBM-DOS would rule. Young Microsoft was the clever underdog.
- Apple almost went out of business after they told Steve Jobs they didn't need him. Everybody thought Apple was doomed. Everybit the underdog.
- After Alta Vista and other search engine companies fizzled out, Wall Street said Google couldn't make it on advertising revenue alone. Underdog! Google made it all happen from "AdWords revenue".
- Tesla Motors and the entire EV industry has it's list of haters. Any company betting it all in this industry is an Underdog.

I believed that the other 3 would make it big and they did. But I didn't invest. Blew it. This time, I'm in it to win it. Got the stock, getting the Model S. Backing the company 100%.

Superb and fascinating lists and reasons. I think there's another undertone here: giving the message that "Quality Sells". In an age of hype and image over substance, a very satisfying message to send.

I want the Model S first to support the EVolution. I still would take the subway to work most of the time, but I hope EV would catch on this time instead of getting killed again.

Second, Model S is too pretty to resist, my fiancee gave me a go to put down my deposit. :)

I am currently a proud Chevy Volt owner, and the car has inspired me to go all electric, and I look forward to pre-ordering Model S soon.

Interesting! What are your experiences with the Volt to date? Please give us a brain dump!

it is as simple as ... just because it is finally a car worth the purchase .... thats it

the BMW 5 series I like, the Merc E too, but its just the same to me, German car, a bit over priced and everyone has one. If you are going to pay that much money for a car, better get something that is completely worth it.

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