|October 2015 Las Vegas next to a 2013 Tesla Model S 60|
Hubby surprised me with the upgraded rental from our normal compact rental type while attending a trade show in Las Vegas in October 2015. It was Tesla Model S 60 and was so much fun to play with. But it opened my eyes to a potential new family car that was safe (safest car on the market), fit us all (did you know about the optional third row?) and was sporty. Right up my alley! But the whole being all electric and no gas engine for a back up was a bit of a concern for me. So I researched. And researched some more, because that's what I do. I research the crap out of something before taking the plunge, especially with this kind of price tag. And this is the result of all my research:
|Picking up our 2016 Tesla Model S 90D|
Here is what we loaded it with:
Complete glass moon roof ( a must if I want to have roof racks in my future )
3rd row seating (see pictures below)
Heated seats & steering wheel (we are in Canada after all)
Next Gen leather seats
Auto Pilot (This alone deserves a whole separate post)
Convenience package (lighting, fog lights and a few other minor things)
So lets talk about the biggest thing that people always ask me about. Range anxiety. When we originally ordered our car, we had opted for the 85D battery pack. At the time offerings included 70/D 85/D and 90/D (D being the all wheel drive option, you can do either) However shortly after we ordered, we received a call that the 85 battery pack was being discontinued and were presented with keeping with the 85 as ordered or upgrade to the 90. We opted to upgrade to the 90 as it only increases range and who wants a car delivered to them that's already discontinued! What are the differences between all these numbers you ask? Just range. Small battery = less range. Now don't get me wrong, even the smallest battery pack offered today, the 60 still gets you 351km, but I wanted to make sure we had the most possible. The 90D offers 473km of regular every day mixed use driving. If grandma is driving you might get something like this:
That's a screen shot from my Tesla app on my phone showing if we are 100% charged, and drive like grandma, we would get 589km a charge. Now here is something to thing about for those that are still on the range anxiety fence. I start each and every day with a full battery (charged to 90% as recommended) That means for my daily drives, I have over 400km of pavement to cruise on before needing to stop and recharge. So even if I do go through that in a day, I just stop at a supercharger or one of the MANY public FREE charging stations available just about everywhere. Now I want you to do something. Go download the app PlugShare. Let it figure out where you are with you phones location settings and check out how many chargers in your area are available. Live in the city? check out cottage country. There's a lot more then you think.
|Stopping at a Super Charger in Port Hope,ON with the kiddies|
I have yet to have an issue with not having enough juice to get to where I want to go, and I have now had the car for almost 5 months. Speaking of that, here is a snapshot worth some words:
|Happy 3 month anniversary!|
This photo was taken on the three month anniversary of owning her. In three months we have put on 9,522km. Most of which was car pooling to work, dropping kids off at day care/school, a weekend getaway to celebrate 11 married years with hubby and the usual every day life. But what does that number really mean? It means 19 less stops as gas stations, it means $1300 of my money NOT given to gas companies and the feeling that I am impacting the environment in albeit a small, but green way. Plus, she does 0 - 60MPH in 4 seconds!! (I may or may not have a bit of a lead foot)
There is so much more I could say about this car for so many reasons. And I will, but I didn't want to leave you with the worlds longest blog post. So check back often. I've got more to share!
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|3rd row in action!|