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2013 Tesla Model S: Tailgate Party

August 30, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

The rear jump seats in our 2013 Tesla Model S are intended for children, but that didn't stop me from using them for a tailgate party. Intent on impressing my college buddies, I picked up the keys to the Model S last weekend and headed for Angels Stadium. Spoiler: They loved it.

We had a surplus of cargo space, as the Model S wasn't even remotely challenged by our lawn chairs, food bags and cooler. Once we parked, the Tesla gave us two extra seats and provided shelter from the setting sun. I thought for sure that after a certain amount of time the rear hatch would try to close on its own but it never did and after a few minutes without the key nearby, the lights for the hatch shut off as well.

Following burgers, dogs, cookies and lemon bars, I gave a few of my old college buddies a quick demonstration of the Tesla's all-electric torque capabilities before the first pitch. My friend Mark commented that he planned to buy a Model S instead of a home. His wife loved the Tesla, too, but she didn't approve.

2013 Tesla Model S

After a walk-off homer in the 10th, I pulled up the Tesla app on my iPhone and set the climate control to 72 degrees. By the time, we got to the car, it was already pleasantly cool. So if you're planning a tailgate party, I can now confirm that the Tesla Model S is an ideal choice.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 7,750 miles


  • jim_in_nj_ jim_in_nj_ Posts:

    That looks like a great way to tailgate! I was just thinking, "There should be a 6-month update on Edmunds Model S soon", but I don't see one. I see that Mike MacGrath picked up the Model S on February 19th, so August 19th would be the 6-month mark. I guess you'll get about 15,000 miles for the year - unless the Supercharger build-out is soon enough for you to do some longer road trips.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    "Intent on impressing my college buddies, I picked up the keys to the Model S last weekend and headed for Angels Stadium. Spoiler: They loved it." So you could die happy now, right? And don't worry about the spoiler - I didn't read the rest of it. Hey - just kidding, Travis. I was 17 once, too.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    They would be great for taking a date to the drive-in too.

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    Haha I had never thought of doing that! Unfortunately, I spec'ed my Model S without the 3rd row jump seats so tailgating will not be in my future.

  • drcomputer drcomputer Posts:

    I don't have the jump seats either... but I'm sure some folding beach chairs would do in a pinch.

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