Did you know that Tesla model S can be a 7 seater? I have a big family so I test drove a Tesla S P90D. As a mum I drive my kids everywhere even the ones who have a driver’s license sometimes, among a parents job it is to be a taxi driver.
I am not very interested in cars but this time I got very exited when I test drove this Tesla. This electric car that hardly makes a sound practically drives and parallel parks by itself
The autopilot in the car allows it to steer within a lane, change lanes with a tap of the turn signal and it can manage speed by using active traffic-aware cruise control. The digital control of motors, brakes and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, as well as preventing the car from wandering off the road. Model S can also scan for a parking space, alert you when one is available, and parallel park on command.
I have no trouble driving or parallel park, but I love technology and I fell in love with this car.
Autopilot features are progressively enabled with software updates and from what I understand you can download the new updates yourself. The current software is 7.0 adding automatic steering and parallel parking. Read more in their Tesla blog.
I picked up the car on a friday afternoon and got a few instructions on the cars features. To really test the family friendliness of the car I said yes to drive the kids around all week-end.
Friday evening I drove over 200 km and without worrying about having to charge the car. I picked up my oldest sons friends, drove them to a party, picked up a my youngest son and his friends at a birthday party and drove them home. After a little rest I drove to pick up the party goers and since I was driving the Ludicrous upgrade with a 90 kWh battery I had to test it acceleration on a deserted stretch of the highway, it is stated that the car goes from 0-100 kilometers in only 2,8 seconds. I do not know how long it took me to get to 100 km since I was already driving, only that it was fast. This car kicks several hundred horse power that is hidden somewhere an it is certainly not under the hood that space is reserved luggage and other carry ons.
After my little fun I then picked up the teens, dropped them off safely before I could head home, recharge the car and finally go to bed and get some Z’s before the next days excursion.
Saturday morning I packed the car with kids and luggage and drove to the cabin, to test the car on narrow winding roads. It was a smooth drive to the cabin, quiet and the only thing you could hear was the tires rolling along the asphalt and the kids chatter in the back seat and trunk. The car felt stable on the road and it really felt nice to drive this car.
MiniMe loved sitting in the trunk of the car where the two extra seats was located. These seats that are turned towards the back are not ment for other than children under 140 cm, so this car is only ment for a large family with smaller children.
I do not know if it was the novelty of it but MiniMe loved to sit in the back and where ever we went that was where she sat facing the back. In the trunk of the car there was a button so she could open and close the trunk when needed, luckily it had a child safety feature and could only be opened when the car was parked.
How to charge the car, Teslas can be charged at home plugged in the wall or at public charging station as any electric car. Teslas service though extend as far as that they have built super chargers around and they are no more than 200 to 250 kilometers a part. At these superchargers all Tesla owners can recharge their cars for free. HERE is a map over and planned superchargers in Europe.
One of the other things that I like about this car is the large touch screen panel where you can control all the different features of the car, navigation, radio, which mode you want the car to be in, standard, sport or ludicrous and so on. The car is also equipped with a sim card so it is alway online if you want to.
Another thing that is unique with Tesla is that you can not go to a Tesla car dealership and buy one, you can test drive one, then order a car to your specifications on-line and then you can pick one up.
Here is a little fun facts, whether it is a Tesla or another electric car Norway is leading way internationally when it comes to driving electric cars. If you want to read more about it you can got to The Norwegian Electric Car Association HERE
So after driving this car that week-end I am putting this car on my wish list or maybe a
Tesla Model X their SUV. So dear Santa I’ll be very good this year:)