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2013 Tesla Model S: Commentary from the Public

July 4, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

Our 2013 Tesla Model S gets much more attention than any car in our fleet. I easily get ten times more questions about the Tesla than even our immaculate 1987 Buick GN or the shouty-SLS. You simply can't get out of it without someone saying something, snapping a photo, or turning to their friends and pointing out what's just pulled up.

Click through to read a few of the interesting remarks I heard during a few days in the Model S.

While taking some friends for a spin:

"Oh my god! My dad needs to buy one of these! This thing is awesome!"

"It's so nice in here. Can we just drive around forever?"

"You weren't kidding. It's like that roller coaster at Disneyland that rockets you forward from a stop. That's a perfect description."

While driving around to the shops:

"Wow, that thing is gorgeous. What is that?"

"Did you just put the groceries in the front? Where's the engine?"

"I'm from England and I'm seeing those cars everywhere. It looks like the Jag. What is it? A Tesla? Well, it looks amazing."

So if you purchase a Model S, know that you'll get a few questions about it.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor

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By bankerdanny
on 07/05/13
7:32 AM PST

@majin: and I would think to myself, what an ass. Would you buy a $65k BMW or Audi or Mercedes or Jag or Porsche or any other big dollar luxury or sports car if you could easily afford it? If so I could just as ask why would you waste that much money on a car when you could spend tens of thousands less on a Ford or Kia or Honda and get where you are going just as quickly and comfortably. I only travel more than 250 miles round trip in a single day every few months. Hell, my town actually has a charging station a couple miles from where I live. I don't even have a garage and I could probably make a Tesla work for me as regular transportation. So why would I buy one? For the same reason I might buy the other cars I listed, because they are cool, and if I can afford to buy cool rather than focusing on just practical I certainly don't need to justify it to a tool like you.

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By drcomputer
on 07/04/13
10:08 AM PST

We owners call it "Tesla Time". You just budget into your daily routine.

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By stovt001
on 07/05/13
9:52 PM PST

"I like it. It needs a bumper sticker: "Climate change is a pipe dream"" - Yup, because the electricity that comes out of the wall to charge this car in no way comes from dirty, carbon-producing power plants, but rather from the happy wishes of puppies frolicking in a meadow on a sunny spring day.

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