With all the back and forth over the New York Times review of the Tesla Model S I have some thoughts. The car incorporates some exciting technology and gadgets. Much like my Toyota Prius did when I purchased it in 2005, Toyota went to great lengths to make the overall operation of their vehicle as close to a standard car as possible. Any driver can get in a Prius and within a couple of minutes be comfortable with the vehicle’s operation and not be concerned with how they operate or fuel the vehicle.
The Tesla Model S requires a great deal more thought and planning on the part of the driver and I’m not sure that’s going to play well for anyone except the geeks, early adopter/curiosity seekers and those looking to buy a high-priced “weekend” car (as long as they stay close to home on the weekends). In some ways this isn’t all that different than some cars of the past. Owners of British Leyland’s MGBs during the seventies that didn’t start out their journey with the proper tools for minor repairs, like changing the clutch cable, and knowledge of knowledgeable mechanics along the way were likely to have a problematic journey. read more