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When will electric cars be better than gasoline ones?

I was going to comment on Michael Barnard's answer, but I think offering an answer that rebuts his points is probably better. So here we go. First, I appreciate Mike's love for the Model S, but his answer - like a lot of popular praise for Tesla's product line - is very selective in the way that comparisons are made. Second, let's talk about how much people actually spend when they buy a new Model S. CNBC reported that the average transaction price for a new Model S was $93k, and this was reported before the debut of the "D", which likely increased that figure (see Tesla cars are worth more used than new , the transaction price stat is buried in the middle of the article). Let's just say for sake of argument that we're talking about a $100k luxury vehicle. Three, let's also assume that a person is open to a wide range of vehicles when they have $100k to spend (which is true in my experience). Now, let's go thru Mike's list: 1. Passenger capacity - Someone with $100k to spend and passenger capacity on the brain doesn't buy a sedan - they buy an Escalade, a Yukon Denali, Navigator, etc. Sedan buyers aren't usually interested in people hauling, so I'm not sure that the two rumble seats in the Model S are a huge "get." I'd say that's a minor feature, in fact, and I'd love to see the take rate on this option (i'd guess it's miniscule). Anyone who knows, please comment. 2. A P85D+ is a monster in the acceleration department. It's easily the quickest sedan available. Of course, it's also $125k. If I'm concerned about acceleration, I have lots of options at $125k, all of which are better racing vehicles. A Z06 Vette, for example, costs about $90k, leaving me enough money to buy a truck and a trailer to haul it from race to race. Or lots of money for brakes and tires. But yes, if I need a sedan and want incredible performance, the P85D+ is the winner. This is the best argument for buying a Tesla Model S in my opinion...provided you've got $125k lying around. 3. A low center of gravity does not always make for a great handling car. Most people talk about "lateral g" and feel when assessing a vehicle's handling ability. But the real metric used to determine a car's handling ability is to compare it's lap time to similarly powerful vehicles. The world standard race course is called "Nurburgring", and unfortunately the Model S can't complete a lap at this track without overheating. If the vehicle was capable of doing a lap at full speed, we'd have a lap time, and then we could compare it to other sedans. But right now we don't have the key data point we need to really evaluate the car's handling using the world standard. Considering the 4600lbs curb weight of the Model S, I'd say handling isn't really a strength of the vehicle. Not to mention, you can't actually race it without going into limp mode. 4, 5, and 6 are all correct, and all sort of the same point: The Model S doesn't burn hydrocarbons (at least directly) for fuel. That's a pretty huge benefit. 7. If a person with $100k to spend is worried about cargo capacity, they don't buy a sedan. But yes, if someone buys a Model S, they can jam a little more crap in it. I'd say this is a nice benefit, but not a game changer for people buying this type of vehicle. 8. Safety is universally excellent at the $100k price point. The Tesla's rating is great, but it's not a substantial difference. You probably won't die in a car that costs $100k unless you're really unlucky or really driving hard. I doubt that luxury car buyers choose the Model S because it's slightly better in some test than some other car...they're all very safe. 9. Price is where Mike's answer starts to collapse. I can purchase a diesel A8 - which is more luxurious and has nearly 900 miles of driving range - for $10k less than the average Model S transaction price. I can also buy a dozen sporty sedans with more luxury features for tens of thousands of dollars less than the typical Model S. The Model S isn't "cheap" per se, and it certainly doesn't have to be. It offers a lot of great technology, and frankly I'd be worried if it was actually less costly than a similarly sized (and similarly equipped) sedan. But since the Model S isn't really luxurious (see below), it's not fair to compare it straight across to an S-Class, A8 Sedan, etc. 10. Mike's statements on range are very misleading. First, the maximum range of a Model S with an 85kWh battery pack is 265 miles according to the EPA, and Tesla doesn't recommend charging your battery pack more than 80%. So the "real world" max range of a Model S is actually closer to 200 miles, and if it's a particularly hot or cold day, or if you're driving it hard, that number falls to 150 miles. Second, a diesel A8 has nearly 900 miles of range (max). Most gas-powered vehicles have a maximum range of 400 miles. Frankly, this is a HUGE difference, and it goes a long way towards explaining why consumers are still buying A8s, S-Class M-B, BMW 7-series, etc. every day. The Model S can't go more than 200 miles without a charge, at least if you follow Tesla's battery recommendations...and that's if everything goes perfectly. Finally, some other factors Mike forgot: 11. Luxury features. The Model S isn't nearly as luxurious as similarly priced cars from Audi, M-B, or BMW. I'd argue that the Model S isn't even as luxurious as a Platinum F-150. But don't take my word for it - from Car & Driver's 2015 Tesla Model S P85D - First Drive Review : Luxurious isn’t how we’d describe the Model S’s interior. Austere and simple is more like it. Aside from the massive touch screen in the middle of the instrument panel, and the attractive gauge display, there’s not much wretched excess here The Model S is a luxury car compared to a Toyota Corolla - or even a Toyota Avalon - but it's not a freaking S-class. Sit inside both if you don't believe me. The difference is stark. 12. Reliability/durability. There are some big concerns about Tesla's ability to build reliable and durable vehicles. From problematic drive units to dead battery packs to all sorts of little issues with units tested by Edmunds.com (see 2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Wrap-Up ) and Consumer Reports (Consumer Reports' Tesla Model S Has More than Its Share of Problems) , reliability is a big question mark. Say what you will about the gas-guzzling S-Class, or BMW 7-Series, or Audi A8, but they have a much better record for reliability than the Model S...and the Lexus LS puts them all to shame. 13. Resale value. Currently, demand for the Model S is strong enough to support very high resale value for the Model S. The car is clearly winning the resale value comparison as of today. However, please note that electric car resale value is a moving target. The Leaf was enjoying high resale value, for example, but the recent drop in gas prices - combined with slowing demand for the vehicle - has caused resale values for the Leaf (and the Volt) to plummet: Resale Prices Tumble on Electric Cars Could this happen to the Model S? I guess we'll wait and see. But resale values for Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi are pretty consistent year in and year out. I'd hesitate to say that about the Model S. 14. Convenience. Here's the comparison that makes or breaks the Model S. If you own your own home, can afford to have a charger installed in your garage, don't have a commute that strains your battery pack, and have a gasoline vehicle you can use for long trips, the Model S is incredibly convenient. If you can't add a charger to your garage, or you don't have a garage, or regularly bump up against the practical driving range of a Model S, or don't have a "spare" gas-powered car lying around (as many Model S owners do)...the car isn't nearly as attractive as something like the diesel A8 sedan I mentioned before. Before all you Musk-rats attack me, please understand my point: The Tesla Model S is a great car, but it is not "clearly" better than gas cars. It might be better for you, but it's not better for everyone. Not everyone can afford the damn thing, and even people who can might choose another vehicle (and often do). The question asked is vague, but I don't think the person asking was wondering if electric cars were better than gasoline cars if you have $100k to spend and don't mind dealing with limited driving range. If you look at the bigger picture, the answer to the question is: Who knows. It all depends on how battery technology evolves in terms of increasing energy density and decreasing costs. It could be 5 years, could be 10 years, and could be never.

Is it more economical to drive a Tesla than a regular luxury car?

The biggest cost in operating a car is depreciation, not fuel. The Tesla is, of course, far more economical than a gasoline car even when gasoline costs a dollar a gallon. Gasoline would have to get to 50 cents a gallon to be competitive with the cost per mile you pay driving a Tesla. But let’s go back to the depreciation issue. There's an article here that can help: 10 Cars That Depreciate Like a Stock Market Crash Many luxury cars become junk in just a very few years. Here are the ten mentioned in the article, many of which overlap the price ranges of the Tesla Roadster, Model S, and Model X: BMW 7-series (shown above) Bentley Arnage Range Rover Cadillac Escalade Aston Martin DB7 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maserati Coupe Audi A8 Jaguar S-Type Volkswagen Phaeton In example after example, these powerful gas guzzlers go from six-figure initial prices to four-figure listings on eBay, in just a few years. Another article shows a more typical depreciation of about 80 percent of the original value in about ten years: The Most Depreciated Cars Of The Past Ten Years So is that because they are luxury cars, or is it because they are gasoline luxury cars? Or is it because they aren’t Teslas? Consider what makes a standard luxury car depreciate. The engine wears out, even with close attention to maintenance. Sliding pieces of metal explosively past one another with oil lubricant is just not something you can do forever. In an electric car, the friction of pistons in cylinders is replaced by electromagnetic force on the one moving part, the rotor. It’s really hard to wear out an electromagnetic field. That’s why electric motors last far longer than even the best gasoline engines. Then there's the corrosion of all that steel in the body. In Teslas, the body parts are made from woven carbon fiber composite in the Roadster, and aluminum and titanium in the Model S and Model X. My Roadster is four years old, and people tell me it looks like I bought it yesterday. This is a Tesla thing and not an EV thing in general, since Tesla has opted for more expensive materials that are lighter, stronger, and do not rust. What about the battery losing capacity, though? This is the one point of weakness in the depreciation of any all-electric car like the Tesla. Time will tell how much battery capacity is lost in the various Tesla models and then how much it costs to replace the battery, given the plummeting costs of lithium-ion batteries and Tesla’s Gigafactory. My own experience is that after four years and 30,000 miles, I have lost about 12 percent of my original range of 245 miles. At this rate, it could be a decade before I have less range than a brand new Nissan Leaf, and a decade from now I suspect batteries are going to be a few thousand dollars, a little like replacing an engine block. There simply is less to depreciate in an electric car. The Tesla does not have a transmission, pollution controls, an exhaust system, a fuel pump, an oil pump, drive belts, hydraulic systems, a gas tank… (which is why a Model S has room to seat five adults comfortably with huge cargo space in the trunk in back and the trunk in front). Fewer things to break or wear out. Unlike conventional luxury cars, Tesla keeps improving its cars after they are sold. Model S drivers keep getting updates that bring them closer and closer to having a self-driving car. I have the option of upgrading my Roadster driving range to 400 miles with a new battery design. Tesla is unique in this respect: their cars keep getting better after you buy one! It's a thin market and a little too soon to tell how the value of a Tesla will hold up after a few years, but I see the range of about $67,000 to $75,000 for a Model S that is three years old. That’s not much depreciation. For my Roadster, I am almost certain I can get more money than what I paid for it. Ironically, that would make the Roadster the least expensive car I’ve ever owned, even though it had the highest sticker price!

What type of security detail do people like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Satya Nadella, Warren Buffett, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page move around with to avoid being kidnapped, for ransom?

Not sure about the names above, but I can tell you about a security detail I witnessed. Actually 2 incidents since living in Hong Kong. I was at a mall in HK called IFC (International Fiancial Centre) and suddenly I was asked to make way. Totally surprised and confused at all the commotions. Looking around there were mall securities in suits shooing people to clear the way. Next came a bomb sniffing canine (German Shepherd), some female securities running toward the toilet (restroom). Once the canine came out with the many securities - it was ok to use the toilet for an old lady who was escorted in. She walked as if there was no one fussing around her. Talking with another lady. Walking and talking like two older ladies do. I mean the mall was so quiet that afternoon and she had to have this huge inconvenience on us lower beings. I get that she comes from money but to put all the stress on staff and patrons of the mall like that was kinda off to me. The thoughts of bomb scare did cross my mind. We didn’t know what was going on. She could had her security do a check over for her but done so discreetly. All the fuss and confusions. And I wished I knew who she was, but I don’t. Second incident. My kids and I were at our neighborhood McDonald’s enjoying our meal. In came a woman and a man dressed in khakis and navy polo, with earpiece. They went back out to the waiting car and escorted a middle age lady and the lady’s daughter (about elementary school age). I don’t know who she is. But whomever she is, she’s important. Dressed in simple workout clothes as she passes our table. As they got their take out bag and leave, the securities were on high alert. Spoke into their earpiece and ran. Their Maybach pulled up, mother & daughter got in and the guy shuts the door to the car. The Maybach drove off - then an Audi A8 pulls up so fast, that the security barely got in when the A8 gas it. My husband told me who she was but again, I still don’t know and couldn’t care more to find out. I always think that in Southeast Asia (SEA) wealthy or such people always have to put a show out there. To show everyone how wealthy they are. Whether it’s to have bodyguards or personal assistants or “people” doing things for them. It shows that “I’m at high risk for kidnapping” kind of wealth. To be humble and have compassion. To give to others when no one is looking. To uplift another being when no one expects it. we came empty handed - we leave empty handed. Just how I see it. I still enjoy nice things. Just not so as rubbing it people’s face about it.

What are some disadvantages to owning a Tesla electric car?

The good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m a fairly recent proud owner of my Model S P100D, but I do a lot city traffic driving, as well as some 2.5k miles + return journeys. TLDR Model S: Expensive to buy, extremely cheap to own, under warranty, at least so far (~12 months). Amazing to drive, somewhat poor quality car in terms of luxury compared to other cars in its price range. Software is amazing, autopilot above any other car. Should you buy a Model S/P100D? Yes if you’re after a toy, otherwise buy a Model 3 instead, or a fleet of them. P100D is for adult children with more adrenaline rush than sense(yours truly). High spec Teslas simply aren’t worth the money, unless you’re a very very confident driver and you want to win every traffic light drag race. If you still want one but don’t care about performance, buy cheap, even if you want more, benefit won’t scale, and you’ll still have a car faster than 98% of all other cars, sports cars included. 4.2 seconds in a Model 3 AWD is on par with a Mercedes AMG Sedan, a Bentley GT pre 2019, etc. Futuristic: The most amazing realisation when you own a Tesla is that electric will become standard. For now, it’s very expensive, because scaling up and doing R&D costs money. There are problems for sure, the charging network, the service industry, the speed of charge, the cost, and so on. But it’s so incredibly obvious electric cars are so vastly ahead as a mass market product, there’s simply no question where the world will be in 30 - 40 years. It won’t be long before petrol cars will be a very old memory, and something generations to come will only learn about from stories. A word of caution: This review is written by a man child with more love of fast cars than sense, the very audience for the P models. A lot of it applies to all the Tesla range, but it’s a review coming from someone after easy to own sustainable performance, not an economically sane family sedan, where I honestly think the Tesla would come off a lot better. Collection day photo of my pride and joy. Good The way it drives It really doesn’t feel like anything else you’ve ever set foot in. The power delivery and the AWD system is insane in the best of ways. This car knows no weather, and does not care much for road conditions either, you can floor it all the way whenever you feel like it. It’s perfectly stable at all times, and it feels incredibly safe, plus you can accelerate out of harms way whenever you need to. Is it a true sports car? No, absolutely not. It’s a big heavy family sedan, with Porsche 918 Spyder vibes only up to 70mph, not much going for it beyond that. But if you’re in a busy city it’s a dream, you have on tap the launch power of a £1m+ exclusive hyper car for run costs of a Toyota Prius. This is the essence of what’s insane about it, any other brand you go to you would need to drop very serious cash, multiples of a Tesla price, to get anywhere near the same drive train quality. Here’s my friend trying the P100D for the first time. The speedometer reads in miles, so that’s a 0 - ~105kmh. It feels like you’re in the Space Mountain in Disneyland every single time. If you skid in a Tesla, you’ll be the first, that’s how insane the power delivery/traction system is. It’s not fun in the controlled drifts way, it’s fun in the “holy craaaap” way. You get used to it after 1 - 2 months, but 0 - 60 in 2.28s seconds or whatever makes all other cars obsolete in city driving, and unlike sports cars, it doesn’t cost you a small monthly fortune to be naughty in a Tesla all the time. Quite literally, nothing, not even a Bugatti, can hold a candle to you in city traffic. Seriously: List of fastest production cars by acceleration - Wikipedia . When the worlds most expensive Ferrari or insert name here creeps up in front of you at the traffic light, it’s amusing and entertaining. Nobody can ever overtake you from a standstill, and there’s no such thing as an yellow light anymore, which come in quite handy if you can use them responsibly. That kind of launch power in a petrol car is a major event, it means launch control, good grip, no wheel-spin, good weather, dry road, even road surface etc. In a Tesla it’s business as usual, all day every day, every time you floor it you’re flying, you don’t even think about it, it feels like you’re playing an unrealistic PC car game. Driving a Lambo like car through the city at that speed of flow is impossible, any car with anywhere near the performance to 60mph would be too low(close to the ground) and too compromised to compete, you’d have to cause very serious damage to the car to keep up with the Tesla. “Really? Tesla vs Lambo? Reality check please”. I’ll let you judge for yourself, courtesy of DragTimes, Model S P100D vs Aventador SV Launch Control. I’ve tried that competition in person, in my own SV. Without launch control, the SV has a very unimpressive throttle response, there’s almost 1.5 seconds of delay in between flooring it and it starting to move. The Tesla simply flies. Here’s a cuter sample, courtesy of a dear friend and his son. Run costs are near 0 It’s not cheap to buy, but after that life gets a whole lot easier, unlike other cars(especially performance ones), which generally require a continuous forking of cash for things every month. Without oil to replace, break pads and discs to worry about, anti-freeze and a lot of the petrol engine saga, there’s almost never a reason to open up your wallet again. Mine was a fairly expensive, 6 figure price tag, high spec P100D. Ever since? £300 on a tire + replacement because of a nail, nada on all else, and still drove 2000km with a nail in the tire before it was found. I live near a supercharger which helps tremendously. Tires will wear out because of the acceleration, but they already behave much much better than other cars I’ve owned, and 4 tires every 2 years is something I’m happy with. Servicing is run on a 0 profit model. Maybe the most amazing and understated feature of being a Tesla customer is the way they don’t try to rip you off in a service. Owning other brands, at even higher price ranges, has meant a very off putting routine of every 3 weeks visiting lets say Mercedes Service, for this reason or the other, all at a very very heavy premium. They always take forever, cost a fortune, and don’t care for you one bit, except for selling you stupidly expensive monthly care packages that don’t actually end up covering for anything.. If you call Mercedes, you go through 5 answering machines, and you have this back and forth test of patience with their absolutely idiotic phone system. It’s not possible to call your service technician directly, they never have a replacement car, and when they do it’s not even supplied by Mercedes, but a third party company, etc. If you want to get things done fast, they tell you to come at 8AM, you turn up and you’re casually told service technicians are not in until 11AM, things like that. The best or nothing as they say, so you truly get the nothing because it’s cheaper for them to make it happen. If Mercedes is the most incompetent car brand of all time at post sales, Tesla is the very best there ever was. If you call them from a known phone number in their system, by the time someone picks up the phone, they will know who you are and what care you’re on about. Mobile technicians are deployed, and there’s never a talk of cost estimates, because warranty means warranty in Tesla, and that’s pretty amazing. I had a door mirror replaced post a minor incident, no one ever talked about dollars. Government likes you buying EVs(at least in the UK) The purchase terms of an EV are very friendly, and the Tesla staff has been extremely useful in pointing out the correct channels. A £5k government contribution, no congestion charge(otherwise, £11.50 per day), no fuel no matter how you drive, and barely any consumables(no engine oil, no break pad/disc wear due to regenerative breaking etc). Business owners choosing to purchase EVs are allowed to do so pre-tax, unlike all other types of cars, with a significantly decreased tax burden for benefits in kind, which will go to an even lower 2% in 2020. Leases are very competitive, so the conversation starts at half the APR your average dealer would begin talking to you. With New Inventory, I have been offered an APR of <1%, which is a steal. There’s a lot of space There’s more trunk and frunk space than in almost any other car, and short of buying a semi-truck, you won’t get more load capacity buying from the competition. This is pretty cool if you have a family to carry around. I generally carry everything I need to carry, which my one laptop bag, in the frunk, so it doesn’t wobble around as I drive through the city like I’m auditioning for a role with McLaren’s F1 team. It’s really convenient, and you do feel the car has great light permeability, the sunroof is really fun, and the really big windscreen is pretty cool, there are barely any blind spots when driving, and it’s a great feeling of openness. The autopilot is incredible If you’ve never trusted your car to drive itself before, it takes some getting used to, but you’ll never go back. If you’re tired, drowsy, on your way back from work on a late night, it’s perfect. I am comparing it to one of my other cars, a Mercedes with Distronic technology, which will casually steer into adjacent lanes, not keep pace etc. Cruise control/distronic are highly useful on a motorway, urban use is a problem, though Mercedes explicitly warn you against using Distronic in the city. The Tesla is pretty spot on at all times, and I’ve done 2000 miles plus in a single journey on autopilot, taking over only for roadwork areas, where lane markings are confusing, and I’ve done it at 95mph/150kph, the car can be trusted. Hands off the steering allowed only up to 20 seconds, so for now it’s not fully autonomous, more of a “party trick”. If you ignore the car’s warnings to put your hands back on the steering, auto-steering will become unavailable for the rest of your current journey. If you drive at 150kph in autopilot and press the acceleration, auto-steering is also automatically disabled, so the car will penalise you for trying to be too naughty. Confusing lane markings, such as new lanes on old road, roadworks, etc, will nearly always confuse it, so watch out. Below is a video of me doing 150kph with the Tesla autopilot, intentionally driving at the max speed possible, on a completely empty road and perfect weather conditions. Great scenery too. Most of the interior is pawned from Mercedes The indicators and many elements of the steering column are borrowed from Daimler, because they are exactly the same as in my S class and I’m sure other Mercs. If you’re used to a Merc, you can jump straight into a Tesla, and your reflexes work instantly. The best part is that there’s no on/off in a Tesla, no button to press. You simply put it in drive mode and off you go. At the end you press the P button at the end of your mode switch and done, no off button. That’s quite fun. Bad The car feels really cheap In spite of its very generous price tag, the quality of everything you touch is on par with a car 1/4th of its price or less. Note, it’s a good looking car, and I don’t want to try and account for taste, but the interior looks like an entry level Ford or worse. Many people love the “minimalistic” approach, however they tend to be people who don’t have the experience of owning a Tesla or if they have a Tesla they’ve never owned another car of a similar price tag, so they cannot compare. Interior wise, it’s a 2.5 out 10 for the Tesla. It’s a little bit of an unfair comparison, as the price gap from a 75D to a P100D is mostly battery and tires, and they are not secretive about that in any way, but I still feel mass producing the interior could be done better, and in time I have no doubt it will. Over the years Tesla has always incrementally upgraded every detail about the car. This is about comparing a 6 figure priced car with other cars in a similar range. The consumption range is too dramatic. Being a wildfire traffic hopper can mean you have to charge every 2 days, up to 75%. It’s pretty incredible, but in Ludicrous+ the range calculator is another piece of decorative kit. The computer is simply pretty useless at adapting to individual driving habits, location, or recent consumption, instead of re-working your averages, it provides you with a false rolling instant value. E.g you’ve done 800Wh/mile until now, we’re still going to assume you are going to do 250Wh/mile until destination. That means in city traffic and power driving, you could get as little as 120 miles of range in total and Mr computer is largely useless at warning you in advance. The paintwork sucks, it’s really really crappy, and it gets dirty all the time, and it just looks cheap. It also costs £1000, which is insane, because it’s 100% not worth it. A paint job in a base spec Mercedes is another world apart quality wise. Same story for the rims and wheels, cheap stuff with cheap paint over it, sold in a very expensive wheel upgrade package. The car has out of the box LTE internet/connection, but it’s really poor, and as soon as you’re out of the home country, good luck. The number of times the GPS crapped out, or Spotify stopped working, too many to count, so it’s a completely unreliable connection. You can pay and add your own SIM card in the car, which improves life a lot. The steering wheel is way way too big and uncomfortable and nowhere nimble enough, that whole steering column could do with a massive upgrade. It makes it tiring for long drives, and manoeuvrability is terrible, the turning radius is only slightly smaller than the circumference of the Earth. The headlights are too powerful, to the point where other motorway users constantly flash you to warn you you’re on full beam, even when you’re really not. The car feels like its made of cardboard entirely, and the door feels like it weighs 500 grams, but not in a good way. No soft close, no nicety features, leather is very poor quality, no massage seats, no seat cooling, no proper seat settings(lumbar support etc). Cry me a river I know, but these are all common features in other cars of similar price. When you slam the door to close it, which you have to, it feels like you’re about to tear it in half. Other cars in this price range will always have soft close. The lights inside the car, both interior and the trunk/frunk are useless. I don’t know how they managed to cheap out on these, but it’s painfully annoying, dinner candles in the 15th century were much more powerful. There’s also no 12V socket in the trunk or frunk(seriously???). It’s completely missing on the nicety features you’d expect, like a decent set of air vents. Everything is cheap cheap cheap, and doesn’t really work at all in very hot weather, where you have to drive with the ol’ windows open technique. The cupholder system is a nightmare, and the storage space is pretty useless for a car of its acceleration. There’s nowhere to put stuff to prevent it from flying all over when you floor it, it’s very poorly thought through as a performance vehicle. If you don’t drive like you’re trying to beat Ayrton Senna theres plenty of space. The sound system is decent but could be better too, in spite of the Dolby Digital surround sound etc, it’s not on par even with the entry level sound systems in cars of similar price(S Class Coupe, Range Rover Autobiography, Aston Martins, Bentleys etc etc). The performance is inconsistent, after you floor it a few times and accelerate all the way to motorway speeds, the car will cut you back significantly to prevent battery overheating. This happens very very quickly. In a petrol car, I can be wild all day long on a track, in a Tesla I’d be out of juice in one lap. The front windscreen is great for visibility, not so great for direct sunlight. Fortunately not often a problem in the UK. You get massive sun glares or condensation from battery heat all the time. I don’t know how you make something this bad, a 20 year old Vauxhall(Opel) Astra does better.It’s physically very hard to see in front of you on a sunny day, and it’s a basic thing in any other car. Not in a Tesla. The windscreen wipers are extremely feeble, and consequentially when you drive at speed/wind, they look like they are about to fly off, and barely work. They are too thin and cheap, especially for the massive windscreen they have to deal with. The GPS is completely useless through a busy city, it has no knowledge of traffic whatsoever, constantly takes you down poor routes, and so on. It’s a decorative piece unless you’re driving long range. Top end Teslas are not as fun for petrolheads Having a Tesla is quite fun for the engineer inside you, and for the futuristic geek inside all of us, but the inner child is left with a bitter taste of disappointment. If you’re a real car fanatic/adrenaline junkie, you might want to skip buying a Tesla, for now, because it’s dtill a heavy sedan with a big turning radius, so not the thing you would take to the track. Kills at the drag strip though. The straight line speed is fun for the first month, but the truth is 6 figures on a car will never ever make any financial sense, unless you’re buying a big semi-truck and your name is DHL. It’s a straight up vanity purchase, no two ways about it, especially in the higher echelons of Tesla pricing, but it’s missing any kind of excitement whatsoever. Not really the biggest problem in the world, but if you buy a toy for the entertainment value and smiles per electrons, Tesla is probably not your top choice. It’s absolutely incredible for the city though, probably one of the best daily drivers out there, for any amount of money. The interior, the lack of sound, the poor interior lightning, and the various details remove the sense of occasion and excitement, no matter which model you buy. Other cars for the same money would either give you serene luxury you would enjoy every time(S Class, Audi A8, Porsche Panamera etc), or full on boy racer noise and performance, as well as great luxury(Mercedes C63S/E63S/S63 Coupe). It’s also dangerously close to the price of a barely used Lambo Huracan, McLaren 570S or a Ferrari 458, which are extremely fun cars to own. With a Lambo/McLaren/F Car, you know you spent the money at all times, and at all speeds, it just feels amazing and even going to the supermarket is an occasion, in a Tesla it’s too civilised, which makes buying a top end Tesla even more unjustifiable, since you don’t really need drag strip record times for the city. Longer journey? Double up the time Longer journeys take much longer, anything above 500 miles requires serious planning&math. If you’re a statistics nut like I am(life of the party I know), it’s pretty cool, and a bit scary. The consumption in a Tesla increases far more than in a petrol car depending on your driving. I’m comparing a P100D with the average performance petrol car, which is why the mpg figures are quite low versus the average car. Motorway cruising at 70mph, ideal weather conditions. Tesla: 200 - 240Wh/km Sports Car: 20mpg - 22mpg or 14L/100km. Motorway cruising at 100mph(Autobahn in Germany, ideal weather conditions. Tesla: 400 - 450Wh/km Sports Car: 16mpg - 17mpg or 17L/100km. If you’re doing that kind of long range you want to keep a good speed, but you simply can’t or you’ll miss your next charge. In a Tesla, you are constantly calculating and optimising. Do I drive faster because the battery charges faster in the initial phase, so it’s fine to end up at destination with less charge? Do I keep pace? Have I accounted for wind? Why am I doing 300Wh/km at the same speed as I was doing 250Wh/km earlier? Oh, 1% elevation, hmm. All part of the fun. Like in no other car, you get to feel first hand how changes in weather conditions, elevation/incline, road surface changes, affect “fuel economy”, because Tesla is kind enough to give you a live rolling chart. As a rule of thumb, you will lose 40 - 50% of the excess miles. E.g if your next supercharger is 200 miles away, I would charge for 300 miles, and hope to have 50 - 60 miles of range left at destination. Even at constant speed, the GPS estimates are way off. You will always arrive earlier than predicted, with less range left, even if you autopilot at constant speed all the way there. Realistically you will need to stop every 250 - 300 miles, and spend 40 min - 1 hour each time. Supercharger coverage is still a problem, for now It’s absolutely amazing that you can drive so far and for free, but it’s not something you can take for granted just yet. For one, the European coverage for Tesla is pretty scarce. You can get from A to B for most of it, but not efficiently. It looks good on a map but compared to petrol stations it’s nothing, for now. You incur a significant number miles added to your journey, just so you can pass through superchargers. On a 700 mile journey in a petrol car, you might do 1000+ in a Tesla, not even accounting for the charge time. If you’re in France/Italy, you will pay additionally for every charge, as you’ll go in and out of the same motorway to access the chargers. It can be as much as 2 -3 times the toll charges in a normal car, if you do this very often it could be meaningful. Superchargers are rarely located in places normal gas pumps are, and have no service industry around them yet. That means you may or may not get a toilet at your next stop, which in long range mode can be fun. If you’re lucky, you end up near a shopping centre. This is in Orange, France. The GPS on the car will tell you what facilities await at your next stop, so you can in theory pick and choose, but in practice this can add huge mileage to your journey. Most Superchargers in France have turned out to be “in the middle of nowhere”, in the courtyard of some hotel etc etc. It’s a little bit weird stopping for an hour at 2AM in complete darkness in the middle of a field. Value for money Looking at the competition, say S Class, spending £75k for a base model is a whole other world from dropping £140k on an S63 AMG, or a used Maybach, completely different planet. Looking at a Maybach vs an S560 is a visible, obvious, world apart difference, no one would wonder where the £££ went. In a Tesla, it’s the same car with slightly more range and acceleration. I know this falls more in the “cry me a river” segment of the market, but equally, you expect something for your hard earned dollar or GBP, which Tesla somewhat fails to deliver on. They are very upfront about it, more money = more power and more battery, but it’s a whole lot of money “just for that”. The option list is both surprisingly short and expensive. A little more software/equipment, some autopilot fancy gear that’s not legal yet, and a bit more battery, for “just” twice the price of the base spec. As a normal sensible consumer, this is somewhat extreme. It’s certainly the cheapest “city focused Lamborghini” you can buy, but beyond that the pricing structure really makes no sense in terms of value for money, and I would probably struggle to justify spending the same again. The sensible thing is to buy a mid range Tesla and save half the price-tag, and still get everything except the acceleration. Not being able to floor it in a Lambo through the city isn’t exactly the mass market problem solving Elon had in mind, but ironically it’s kind of all you get in the P100D. Conclusion: You’re paying for a power train, battery tech, and technology. You won’t get a fancy car, if that’s what you’re after don’t spend that kind of money on a Tesla just yet. Go half the price and get a Lexus hybrid instead. The car is really amazing in one way, a little boring in another. Overall the best piece of commuting/city gear you could ever have, though P100 models are ultimately an expensive toy. Love of Tesla: Having “talked it down” so much, I do feel the need to re-enforce the insane capability of this car is very addictive. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have driven crazy cars, yes it would get more feel, but you would not have more acceleration and torque, and the lack of sound is replaced by the consistent “holy sh******t” launch power at every single traffic light. Update(after 12 months of owning it): The honeymoon phase is now long over. The performance is still there, the run cost is still brilliant, but Tesla as a company is sometimes showing some fairly ugly colours. Tires lasted quite well, got a comfortable few mm of thread depth left. If you knew how I drive, in Ludicrous Plus constantly, that’s an insanely impressive thing, nearly 20k miles later. Loss in traction is noticeable, and I’m certainly way more careful in the wet than I was on fresh tires. At some point the £1k replacement cost will be unavoidable, in the next few months. Range is a big lie. 10 - 15% lost to software updates, restricting max charges further and further. I haven’t seen a number starting with 300 since the day I took delivery of the car. As detailed further above, do not trust the range of the car. Charging speed has decreased massively. It used to be you would drive to the supercharger with 10% - 15% and it would bump straight up to around 114kw - 117kw pretty much straight away, and stay there till the battery was nearly 80% when you could go home. No longer, the car now only goes to 85, then slowly to 95 and so on. It may be a software update to preserve battery life, however you have less range and longer charges. No yellow cornering on the screen which lots of other people report, but it’s definitely a pain in the a**, it randomly resets itself, as you drive, or as you follow the sat nav, for no apparent reason. Music cut offs etc for about 30 seconds while the screen reboots for no apparent reason. Suspension isn’t proving very reliable. 1 year in and squeaks and creaks from everyone single corner possible. Car went to service and got cleaned by Tesla engineers under warranty, all back to normal now, no squeaks and creaks. HEPA filter had to be replaced after 14 months, around £186 inclusive of VAT from Tesla. Not terrible and done same day, however it’s a consumable and not under warranty. Software updates coming constantly have actually made the car a lot worse. Now it barely ever reads speed limits properly. While the AP is fully trustworthy, it won’t change speed limits, so you have to pay attention a lot more or you might get a speeding ticket and those lovely points on your license. Completely new design delivered around 5 months ago, and I hate it with a passion. They’ve made it more Model 3 like, but it’s absolutely stupid, various things on the touch screen overlap, as if it wasn’t hard enough already to touch things accurately while driving. The Dolby Digital surround system constantly gets deactivated as an option for no reason whatsoever, which drives me crazy, and nothing I do seems to affect that at all, I have to remember to re-enable it every time I get in the car, which is not great for an audiophile such as myself, the sound system is pretty terrible anyway even if you go for the high end option, at least compared with proper in car audio systems. Would I buy one again? The answer is absolutely not, I got carried away by very low interest and tax benefits, and Ludicrous acceleration, but the honest to god answer is that I simply don’t enjoy driving it at all, it’s far too basic, too plastic and too crappy for the enormous price tag. I don’t dislike the car, but similarly I never look forward to drive it, and all I keep thinking is I could’ve bought x y z make and model instead. It’s coming from a place where I am fortunate that run cost isn’t my number one concern, but it’s been the only reason why I kept it, it’s very hard to say no to driving around for an extremely small cost, again when considering the performance. Like I said above, buying it is pricey, after you pay close to nothing beyond insurance. However, for the buy price of the car, I personally want a lot more. Value retention, Luxury, exclusivity, convenience, and a feeling of being able to drive it endlessly, like an S class, where after 15 hours of driving you don’t get that “sticky” feel of having been in a car for that long, you feel quite good. None of this come with a Tesla, and 99% of Tesla owners are extremely fanatic, but the reality is the majority of them don’t come from a high vantage point, and it’s by far the most expensive car they ever bought. Yes it may be better than a Honda Accord, but for many times the price tag isn’t that implied? The worst Tesla experience so far After a bump traffic so light that not even the paintwork on the car is damaged, the steering felt really funny, so naturally I pulled over into a side road, and phoned my beloved highly competent Tesla assistance. They quite literally told me to f off, there’s no other way to put it nicely. They said it’s not their problem, that it wouldn’t be possible to tow it to a Tesla depot(even if I offered to pay for this separately), and that the car is no longer safe to drive. Insult to injury and acid pour on it in the span of a 10 second conversation. I had the extreme luck this happened 2 miles from home, where it was manageable, had it been 3AM in the middle of nowhere, the messiah of all car companies would’ve had me stranded useless in the middle of nowhere, no their problem of course, the nearly 150k they billed me for the car just a few months earlier had long been forgotten from memory. Thanks to good friends, I made my way back home, and the next day after insurance told me they are happy to help/cover the costs, but the car should go to a Tesla garage since no one else can repair a Tesla, low and behold, it was entirely possible to pay and have the car towed. What in the actual f*ck? A very nice Joe shoes up 3 hours later with a tow truck, and while on the phone with his boss/colleague, he politely asks me to dictate my credit card details so he could further dictate them on the phone. I thought he was joking, but no, he was dead serious. I told him no way josay, take cash or no deal. One cash machine trip later, the saga ends, the car is loaded on the tow truck and off it goes. Or so I thought. The wonderful people at Tesla politely informed a new steering rack is required, post my 2mph barely any paintwork damage hit, for the great price of nearly £4000 inclusive of VAT. How wonderful, the steering rack mechanism can be completely destroyed by softly blowing air towards it, the build quality is insanely poor, more so than any other car I have ever owned, including a 20 year Vauxhall Astra I drove for a long time, with 200k miles on it and no problems. The truth? I’m seriously hoping this was a bad assistant on the other end of the phone, because this has felt like a slap in the face, which after the latest massive price drop adds a little bit of insult to injury. I’ve got a car worth a lot less than what I anticipated it would be worth, and a service quality that seems to fluctuate a lot based on who you get on the phone.

I’m looking for a comfortable, everyday, respectable car with a bit of speed that’ll turn heads; should I purchase the Porsche 911 coupe or Mercedes S class sedan? Why?

They are very different types of cars. Of the two, I personally would get the 911 but personally would not buy either if I had unlimited spending ability. But to review the two companies-Remember Porsche focuses on sports luxury cars with encases on the sportiness and speed. Mercedes cars are primarily focused on high luxury and flashiness but have a stif car feeling also can be a higher maintenance cost car. I personally prefer the Audi brand for their perfect blend of luxury with sport elements. You can see the 2017 A4 below first it's a sedan with the speed of some porshes, unique luxury elements/styling, exelent handling also for inclement weather when paired with the Quattro system. The TT is also a great sport option but more if your looking for a 2 seater. The A6 and A8 are bigger if you need more leg room. If you are looking for value strictly, get a Tesla S (sedan) or X (SUV). You loose some luxury and sportiness elements but you get faster acceleration (except base model), lower maintenance, 2–3 times longer lasting, lower charge vs gas cost, plus you can save the plannet with no emissions. I like Tesla and Audi both but the driver experience is much better in Audi's.

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