This is an extremely interesting subject that I think could benefit from a bit of historical context.
Weíre seeing a mature and highly developed technology (the internal combustion engine) face a challenge in the marketplace from a fundamentally different and immature technology in a very early state of development (electric motor/battery drivetrain). This overlap of two fundamentally different technologies has happened many times before in history and it is a truism that the last generation(s) of an older technology are almost always superior to the first generation(s) of the newer technology.
Consider these examples before you judge the Tesla too harshly.
-The first operational jet fighter was the German ME-262. It had terrible low speed acceleration, 10%-20% the endurance of a P-51 mustang with drop tanks and its engines literally died after only 12-24 hours of use. I donít mean the engines needed an overhaul, I mean they were thrown in a smelter to be recycled after a handful of flights. The only aspect of the ME-262 that was superior to a contemporary piston aircraft was that it had greater power at high speeds. It was an inferior product by every other measure, in many cases embarrassingly inferior. After just ten years of development jet engines were the dominant power source for any large or performance oriented aircraft and today piston engines are only used in small niche aviation applications.
-In the late 1930ís/early 1940ís the most powerful steam locomotive (4-8-8-4 Big Boy) made about 6300 horsepower. At the time a comparable diesel locomotive (EMD FT) made about 1300 horsepower. The diesels were cheaper to maintain and more efficient but otherwise, when judged by any standard that was important to a railroad company executive, the steam locomotive was superior in every way. The two technologies were economically competitive for less than a decade (although it took many more decades for steam to completely die out due to its entrenchment) and then diesel completely eclipsed steam technology.
Just so I donít sound too one sided here, let me clearly state that I donít like the Tesla enough to buy one and when viewed as a consumer product and instrument of driving enthusiasm I largely agree with many of the complaints on here, but when viewed in historical context, the fact that weíre complaining about it only circling a track as fast as a 911 GT3 and exhibiting too much body roll is effectively a staggering and monumental endorsement of how successful Tesla's effort has been. Remember, the first jet fighter couldnít last 20% as long as its piston contemporary and you had to throw the engines away after 12-24 hours of use. When viewed in that context, the Tesla is an enormous success.
Just to add a global note to this conversation, lest anyone think otherwise, the only reason every single person on this board isnít driving an electric car right now is solely due to the fact that battery technology is so poor. Electric motors are already superior to a combustion engine in every way that matters to an engineer (if not necessarily to an auto enthusiast). I am not expecting this to happen anytime soon, but for the sake of hypothetical argument letís say someone invents a battery that stores an order of magnitude more energy per mass unit than current batteries do. If that were to happen it would be a complete and irrevocable death sentence for the gasoline engine. It would take decades to convert all the factories and for all consumers to migrate over but the end would be inevitable. And before I get flamed with everyone waxing on about how much they love the sound of a flat plane V-8 inside a prancing horse, remember that lots of people loved their hand made horse drawn buggies with French lacquer and custom cherry horse whips as well. History shows unequivocally that sentimentality and emotional attachment arenít enough to keep a leapfrogged technology and its associated infrastructure alive.
Personal disclaimer- Iím not a died-in-the-wool environmentalist. I donít have any emotional attachment to environmentally responsible products. Iím a technology enthusiast who is looking at the big picture. And I am emotionally attached to my Lotus.