I was offered the opportunity to drive a Tesla today, so after pondering the situation for a few hundredths of a second, I accepted.
Looks: much better than in the photos. The interior seemed quite nice.
Place the key in the ignition, press the "D" button, and off you go.
The ride was eerily quiet. My phone rang (and I *heard* it!), so I answered. It was a person speaking to me (and I **heard** him!) Going 40 mph down the road, I could hear birds chirping. The car is that quiet.
When the, er, gas
? pedal was pressed, I was slung into the seat (in fact knocking my head against the head-stop, err, head-rest.) The car is catapulted into what once was the distant background sooner than the pedal could reach the floor.
There was no waiting for 4,000 rpm with the Tesla. It went, and it went NOW. My guess is that it would beat 99% of all cars to 30 or 40 mph from a dead stop, and most cars to 60mph.
The car felt like a particle accelerator. I could get used to instant torque like that!
The Tesla didn't feel heavier than a normal car. Not as light as a Lotus, but it certainly didn't feel like a tank, especially with that acceleration.
Build quality seemed excellent, too.
Nice job, Tesla!