Serena is a DEFINITE improvement to our quality of life and-- like all big improvements-- this one came to us by way of the Home Depot.I mean, I get everything else from Home Depot... why not an electric car??
Unlike many of the home deliveries, our car didn't arrive by enclosed carrier but the truck was still long enough that navigating the hills and turns of our neighborhood was going to be a problem. The night before delivery the dispatcher called and Alice setup a 9am meeting at the Cranberry Township Home Depot (Serena and I found ourselves back there today-- for legitimate reasons, not because we were celebrating our anniversary together or anything weird like that. Really!)
Even before the last kid hit the school bus, Jake whooshed into my driveway. If I was going to need a ride to get my new car, who better than Jake and what better than another Tesla to do it in? Imagining that I'd be flustered, I really wanted him along with his keen Tesla-owner eyes to make sure I didn't miss anything significant. It's a good thing too as he took most of these pictures!
Rolling up we saw Serena immediately. She'd already been unloaded and was sitting like a princess in the middle of the outer parking lot. On the trailer were 2 more cars. A blue P85 bound for the Devon Service Center (just outside Philadelphia) and a louder, slower car with less room in it. Why??
Okay, back to OUR car. After 8 weeks of waiting (and longer than that wanting) it's a little weird to just roll into a parking lot and get in your new car. It really feels like there should be more steps involved in taking delivery of something so significant... but all I had to do was sign one paper (Bill of Lading) and we were done. The truck driver took off to make his next delivery leaving Jake and I making slow laps of the car checking for any sign of damage or defect. None were apparent.
First time in the seat! Interior had that new car smell that we've missed for a very long time-- a wonderful leathery aroma.
A mere 13 miles on the odometer-- good thing I'm not superstitious!! The glossy horizontal obeche wood looks great with the tan and grey as it has both those colors hidden in its layers. So this is what a brand new Model S display looks like! Nothing assigned, low miles, dead flat energy graph.
I'm willing to bet money this is the first time the Cranberry Home Depot has had 2 Teslas in its parking lot. Doubt it will be the last.
More grey in this picture, right? The color is so variable! I can't wait to see what it looks like after the detailers put their elbow grease into it and the sealant (Opticoat Pro). The shape of the car is superb but those rear hips are my favorite part with the complex curves of the duck-tailed hatch being a close second.
Having circled the car multiple times, poking and prodding everywhere, we were amazed that store security hadn't yet called the police about the weirdos in the back lot. Rather than press our luck, we decided maybe actually DRIVING the car would be a good quality control measure to take. Oh... wait, we can't do that yet. One more thing to do...
We checked all the critical screen functions. When verifying the web browser was working it first loaded up The New York Times website. Cheekily left-leaning Jake said "Who programmed in that liberal rag?" Right-leaning me turned the tables on him as I silently started typing in the Drudge Report address... just to skew the results. That got a good laugh.
It was a nice morning so we spent longer than usual admiring the view. Finally. Ahhh..... Then a handicapped van pulled up and Jake casually commented about the potential for the lift to gouge my car. Shortly after a brand new Jaguar convertible parked next to his car I remarked how L O N G the doors were. Uh-hem. Two can play at that game.
Jake's generous ways couldn't be undone by sharing the Tesla spotlight and he recommended a stop by his house after coffee to get some more essentials. He'd already blessed me with most of the cleaning products available in North America but there were a few more tidbits to add on, like the black "T"s for the wheel center caps. A very patient "Mrs. Jake" returned home and saw us geeking out, shook her head, and disappeared, presumably to call the authorities. I escaped just ahead of the nice men with butterfly nets.
Finally home! I gingerly pulled Serena into the garage. The garage is a pretty standard size but the Tesla is about 6 inches WIDER than our already full-size Chrysler. So... slow. Slow was my max speed. Can I just say again the parking sensors are superb? Really nice.
my solution is quite clever. (back pat)
Speaking of handy info... Tesla didn't attach the window sticker to the window, but we did get one (along with a very nice calendar featuring lots of grey Teslas!). This is the fuel cost section of the sticker and I have to say that the assumptions are pretty wonky-- meaning I think the underestimate the fuel costs-- but it is nice to see it confirmed by the federal government that my tailpipe is clean.
Going into this purchase we knew the car was safe-- built like a TANK-- but seeing the maxed out scores on the Monroney was a nice reminder too.
When the roof crush test was done the Model S reportedly BROKE the machine. Looking at the hefty b-pillar and roof arch, it's easy to imagine why.
I just HAD to see if the car was easy to back into the garage. You would not typically do this because on a gas car you'd end up with all sorts of exhaust fumes trapped in the garage and working their way into the house. Not a pleasant potpourri for your home. With the Tesla, however, backing in is no problemo!
The charging cord is a little tighter but still plenty long to reach the chargeport (hidden in the driver's side taillight reflector). Another bonus of backing in is that the driver can enter/exit in the most spacious part of the garage, the shared middle. Parking sensors on the Tesla measure the distance TO THE INCH (impressive) so, in our garage, you stop when the distances becomes just less than 20" so there is room to walk around the car... and this is the same whether backing in or going forwards. Love it!
Oh-- why "Arrival of the Fittest"? We call the car Serena. It's the first time we named a car. Ever. Look at those curvy hips and muscular elegance and there's no doubt it's a female care. Names starting with "S" seemed appropriate for the "Model S". Serenity is a good description of how effortlessly fast the car can whoosh and waft around. Serena conjures up a very well-known and athletic tennis player. Like that player, Tesla (the company) has quite a bit of swagger but can generally back it up with their astounding car. Like that player, the car is pretty large but has lots of power, speed, and muscular hips.
In short, "she's a big a girl but she's got moves."
If driving were a competition... THIS is the fittest competitor and we welcome her arrival.
Another blogger matched my thoughts just a few days earlier-- READ HIS POST HERE.
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