TESLA REVIEW: The Car of the Future.
TL;DR: Review of Tesla, mission of the company and its founder Elon Musk. Common features of all Tesla models (lines, colour, connectivity…) and specific review of each model (battery, range, design, safety ….). Differences between the models and, in addition, a comparison table of the models.
It is a fact that the automotive sector is changing by leaps and bounds, but there is undoubtedly one company that is ahead of the rest and that is Tesla.
Tesla is an American company founded in 2003 and based in California known for its all-electric cars. Its CEO and Co-Founder is none other than the richest man in the world: Elon Musk. Do you want to know what the cars created by this billionaire look like? Read on!
Undoubtedly, cars manufactured by Tesla are a revolution for the petrol-based automotive sector, and the mission of Tesla, and of Elon himself, is to put an end to cars powered by fossil fuels and create a world with fewer emissions and quieter. In addition to protecting the atmosphere and providing an alternative to current energy sources, Tesla also aims to improve driving safety.
Tesla’s strategy was to offer electric cars that surpassed the quality of petrol cars (and thus break people’s bad image of electric cars) at a very high price. As demand increases (and Tesla can benefit from the economy of scale and expand its facilities), prices come down so that more and more people can afford a Tesla and switch to electric cars. For Mr Musk, creating the perfect car comes first, profits come later.
But creating the perfect car is not an easy task, it requires breaking with the status quo, taking risks and innovating. Moreover, all this must be combined with the best team, in the best facilities and equipped with the best technology. Tesla does all this and that is why it has become one of the best car companies in the world.
Below I will talk about the most important features of each model and I will also add a comparison table to make it easier for you to see the differences and similarities, but first I will describe some of the features that all models share:
→ TOUCHSCREEN AND CONNECTIVITY: All Tesla models have a touchscreen of many inches considering it is a car. It also has internet connectivity that allows access to various functionalities. Depending on whether it is standard or premium connectivity, the functionalities vary. Premium access is free for vehicles ordered before 30 June 2018 and paid for those ordered after that date. According to Elon Musk himself in a National Geographic documentary about Tesla, the system used by these screens is similar to that used by Google or Facebook.
After these statements it is inevitable that I ask myself several questions: Does it mean that Tesla collects information about us in the same way that Google or Facebook does? Does it also mean that when Elon Musk recommended Signal as an alternative to WhatsApp he did it only as an advertisement but not because he is really in favour of privacy? I am, as you know, a big fan of really private apps like Internx for Cloud Storage, Tutanota for email or DDG for search engine… so this makes me doubt a bit about Tesla.
→ COLOUR: Although Tesla’s colours don’t look anything new at first glance it’s actually a single colour with a glass finish and this was something Elon put a lot of effort into.
→NO DRIVE SHAFT: as the motor is located next to the rear wheels. This allows to have more space in the boot and rear row of seats.
→SMOOTH LINES: No, it is no coincidence that all models share this aesthetic. In fact, this aesthetic is necessary to make cars as aerodynamic as possible. Did you know that Tesla cars have a shape similar to that of a teardrop? That’s because the teardrop is the most aerodynamic shape there is. The smooth lines are necessary so that no grip force is created and therefore speed is not reduced and the battery lasts longer. In fact, even the handles are aerodynamic or hidden and only protrude when necessary and not while driving. Small details that ensure the best experience.
This model was the first that the company designed and manufactured completely. Buyers waited a long time to receive the cars after they had already bought it, and that shows a huge trust in the company. This waiting period was worth it as this vehicle accelerates from 0–100km/h in 2.5 seconds and has a range of 652km. It has high impact protection and can reach a top speed of 261km/h. It is capable of overcoming any weather conditions. It also has an autopilot, 360º visibility and 12 sensors. It has a 17'’ touch screen. In addition, it has two spacious luggage compartments, one at the front and one at the rear, allowing you to load up to 804 litres. Definitely, a car for speed lovers who value their safety!
This model takes a little longer to accelerate from 0 to 100km, 3.3 seconds and its range is a little lower 580km. However, the safety is the same and the maximum speed is the same. It has a dual engine, which are two independent engines that allow huge durability. Like the S model it is also 360° and has 12 sensors and a 15'’ touch screen. This, as well as all the other models, is able to overcome any weather situation.
Capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 in 2.8 seconds and reaching the same speed as the other models. Perhaps the most peculiar thing about this model is the falcon wing doors. This model has space for seven seats and its luggage compartments are very spacious. Protection is one of the strengths of this model and it has 5 stars in this field. Its screen is also 17'’ like the S model.
Subjectively, I consider it to be the most aesthetically pleasing model, but this is just a personal opinion. Perhaps it looks less like a sports car and more like an SUV.
3.7 seconds is how long it takes to reach 100km/h this Tesla model. It has a range of 505km and its battery can be recharged in a very short time. It takes just 15 minutes to recharge the battery for 270km. It also has a dual motor, 360º visibility and 12 sensors, autopilot and a 15'’ touch screen. It has a glass roof. Another very good option from Tesla. Like the Model Y, this vehicle can also be converted into a 7-seater if you wish.