My Car Quest

January 30, 2023

The Tesla Model S On The Street

by Mike –

The Tesla Model S is not a classic car yet but I like the new electric technology.

Tesla Model S

Here are my photos of the first Tesla Model S that I have seen on the street. These photos were taken with my wife’s new iPhone 5.

Tesla Model S rear view

The Tesla Model S is the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year. This is a first for a car without an internal combustion engine.

Tesla Model S

However, winning awards is not the same as selling a lot of cars, becoming profitable and building a sustainable business.

Where I live, and Tesla is headquartered, is Silicon Valley; there are many start up companies that have won numerous awards and later crashed and burned.

I am happy to see Tesla management focusing on getting a great product to market and quit fooling around with silly lawsuits.

I hope they celebrate their award briefly and then get back to the business of building great products.

Tesla logo

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  1. By far the best looking electric car. Hopefully they aren’t using technology that will produce the brick syndrome, I guess the other question is range. Ae these 100% electric or do they have a backup engine?

  2. Not to be pessimistic, but I think thats a deal killer for many buyers, you can see it in the Toyota vs Volt sales. People just don’t want to have to worry about the recharge ALL the time. I would say It’s a third car with a gas back-up. IMO the VW TDI is the way to go, they can get up to 50 MPG, the entry cost is much lower and you never worry about the recharge.

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