I was in the mall today and they were showing the new 2012 Tesla Model S. My friend and I got to check it out, and we sat inside it; and, I gotta tell you, it’s the coolest car ever. It’s fully electric - no gas at all - and, I know what you’re thinking. “Electric cars? Come on. Those things are hideous.” But you haven’t seen this car. One glance at it and you’ll say, “Finally! An electric car I won’t look like a total tool in!” The thing looks like a sports car, first of all, but it has so much extra space because, in addition to the truck, the front of the car (where the engine usually is) is another trunk. That’s because the power source is built into the frame of the car. Here are some more perks:
- There are three battery options: 160, 230, and 300 miles to the battery. But I’m sure this is, like most electric cars, only if you’re not a lead-foot and drive properly (losers).
- The battery charges up in about an hour, but they’re working on making it less.
- You don’t even have to charge it at your house. Most people have normal cars that run on gas, so they don’t really keep a look out for electric charge stations, but I promise there are a lot out there! Some dealerships even have them. There’s a Nissan dealership by me that does it, for example. And the best part is, most places do it for free. Electric cars are really a new thing, so I guess no one knows how much to charge to fill up your battery, so they just give it to you. (Not all places do this. You just have to look around.)
- It’s better for the environment, maaaaan.
One of my favorite things about the car was the technology built into it. It was like Tony Stark built it or something!
- I loved the way to get into the car. The handles are pushed inside of the door, but all you have to do is touch the metal of the handle to make it pop out. Then, to get the door open, you simply tap the handle again. The salesman told me that they were working on a new thing where you don’t even have to touch the handle to open the door; it’ll be motion activated. (As long as you have the key, I assume.)
- Once you’re in the car, you’ll see the entire dashboard is a large touchscreen. It’s got the standard super-car stuff: bluetooth, GPS, radio, etc. But it’s got internet, too! (For Tumbling on the go?) And you can have multiple apps (like GPS and internet, for example) open at the same time.
Now, the car won’t be on the road for a few more months, and I think the sales guy said it’ll cost you around 51,000 bucks (which I think is reasonable for a car this awesome and that pretty much pays for itself). Of course, this was only the floor model, and I’m sure there are a few bugs to work out still, but I’m excited for this kind of technology to be perfected in a few years.
All in all, Tesla turned me around to electric cars. Only downside? No vroom-vroom of an engine (which is a big downside in my book.)