Elon Musk has done the impossible. The South African-born Canadian-American engineer, inventor and investor has given the world a smarter smart car. Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, has created an electronic vehicle that is among the most thrilling things on the road, not just for what it delivers, but for what it promises.
Ok, so maybe I’m a little biased. Just last month, my father purchased the new Tesla Model S. Fully equipped with autopilot and an all-wheel drive dual motor, I thought there is no way this thing can be safe. Wrong! The car has the highest safety rating in America. Nevertheless, I truly wasn’t convinced until I went for a ride.
First of all, as long as the keys are on you the car doesn’t require you to unlock the door or start it. The handles pop out, you get in, the engine purrs. The first thing you see is the huge iPad screen located in the center console that gives you access to any action you want to perform in the car. There are few buttons and compartments in the vehicle because Musk stressed “more with less” in his creation. Gas-powered cars typically have complicated buttons and parts that wear out over time or break. The Model S has a “watermelon-sized” electric motor with few moving parts. All you have to do is plug in your car, wait for it to charge up, and hit the road.
The ride is silent and smooth. I felt as if I was floating on a roller coaster – if that makes sense. “You’d think I’d get sick of whipping this thing around the neighborhood,” says my dad… “But I don’t.” We get out of the car and I’m thinking in my head, “Is he going to turn the car off?” He saw the confused look on my face and explained that the door handles retract and the car turns itself off and locks down until you return. Of course.
The 2015 Tesla Model S reviews are outstanding with a 5/5 stars from drivers and 9.4/10 stars as the US News Best Cars. It is no wonder that this car broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system. The system scores vehicles on a scale from zero-to-100, however, the Tesla Model S scored 103. Other elite car companies, such as Porsche and Audi, have created vehicles to try to compete with Tesla.
Breaking records and changing the way we drive today, the Tesla Model S is making history.