For me, a lot of things pique my interest in Tesla vehicles. However, what makes them stand out the most?
For starters, the looks. I mean this car is gorgeous. Tesla has done an amazing job at designing a good looking car. Electric cars are notorious for looking like this… While Tesla has made them into this That is the Tesla Model S P100D which everyone already knows about. However, that being said, the performance gap between most electric cars, notice I said most, and Tesla cars are astronomical.
The Mitsubishi I-Miev is the car pictured above and was very affordable but get this, only had a 62-mile range. I can’t pick on it too much because of the price of a mere $24,000 but we have come a long way since then. The Model S pictured above with standard range costs $75,000 not accounting for discounts for an electric vehicle. That is most certainly not a good comparison for the price. However, if we compare the upcoming Audi E-Tron. It does look pretty good! However, there are still some differences between the Model S and the Audi E-Tron.
The E-Tron’s base model does 204 miles on a single charge. The Tesla, 285 miles.
E-Tron: 0–60mph in 5.5 seconds
Model S: 0–60mph in 4.0 seconds
Looks: For me, I will always appreciate the looks of a sedan over an SUV, even the Model X. I actually really don’t like the Model X. However, the Audi E-Tron does look fantastic, just not my type. Overall the two cars are comparable in price, performance, and to a lesser extent, range.
But here comes the kicker…
From what I can tell, the E-Tron comes with the most standard new car technology. The infotainment system, CarPlay, and one thing interesting are Amazon’s Alexa as they were a partner in designing the E-Tron.
Tesla cars all come with an extremely advanced technology package even for the base model. If we ignore the autopilot, as it does add $6,000 to the price, a quote from Tesla’s website explains the technology still available, “All new Tesla cars come standard with driver assistance features such as emergency braking, collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring.” They all also come with automatic air suspension that raises and lowers based on your request to clear large bumps. Throw in another six grand and you get the famous Autopilot features such as an auto park, summon auto-lane change, and the famously advanced cruise control navigation.
Inside the cockpit, the Tesla is full of weird quirks to play with like a drawing board and the ability to make the sat map turn into Mars with the promise of even more technology coming. Over the air, updates are a beautiful thing.
The main point is, I would love to own a Tesla not because of solely its performance, but because of the technology they are innovating. The automotive industry is changing during my lifetime and that’s something to be excited about. Tesla leads the innovation right now, but who knows what the future holds. I for one am only 21 years old so a Tesla is still a long way off. That’s not to say it’s impossible to own though. And maybe, just maybe we will start to see more companies throwing their proverbial fishing nets into the electric car market.
Thanks for reading!