Last week I had the pleasure to test-drive a Tesla Model S. In a previous post, I voiced my concerns about electric vehicle fast chargers, such as Tesla’s Supercharger. I still remain concerned, but while behind the wheel (and above the battery!) any quibbles faded from focus. The car is a pleasure to drive, with breathtaking acceleration and breaking, great comfort, and very nice styling.
David Tuttle, electric vehicle enthusiast and one of my grad students, has often observed that the most convincing argument for drivers to buy electric vehicles is not environmentalism or energy independence but an exhilarating driving experience! The Tesla Model S makes that argument wonderfully.