Ours is a subtle grey. I can't imagine the attention a red one would get... oh wait... yes I can. "This, officer, is a Tesla. T-E-S-L-A. And here's my license."
Plus, it is fun to show others that electric power is doable and realistic and encourage people to reconsider their habitual gas car purchases. Faces lights up when they "get it". If you read my 11-part mega-series about how we got converted to electric you'll recall that it was SEEING the car that started the ball rolling. TOUCHING and then eventually DRIVING one sealed the deal. But wait-- I'm not going to let any of you drive my car. Just. No. Call shotgun all you want, but that driver seat is off limits.
However, I'm more than happy to do my parking lot "show and tell" and have given numerous test rides around the area-- I think I counted TWELVE separate rides the first week... and we haven't even taken it to Alice's workplace or church yet. It's considerably cheaper than Kennywood, after all. Whoosh, baby! So out into the world we went.
Two days after delivery we took Serena to Cars and Coffee at Generoasta. I'd been there several times previously but always either rode with Jake or parked out in proletariat land, far from the gorgeous and exotic sheet metal. This week we met up at Jake's and then flew to Warrendale in formation and parked up dead center, back to back. Not only was it the first time I'd ever SHOWN a car, it was the first time I'd been invited in with the "cool cars". Remember junior high school when you first asked sit at the popular table in the cafeteria? Yeah, it's like that.
While backing in between an Aston Martin and a Porsche and towards another Tesla-- with lots of people milling around-- I was VERY grateful for the HD rear camera and parking sensors!! I certainly was not interested in being the next viral video by pin-balling off the assembled metallurgical sculptures.
Once out, it was hard not to see a lot of similar lines with the Aston's rear flanks and Serena's hips parked side by side. Hey, if you're going to copy someone, at least Tesla chose someone beautiful!
The taillights are very close, the hips very similar, and even the windows and bumpers-- like long lost cousins! The roof of the Aston was ridiculously lower though, especially for a front engine car. Still, I daresay a Tesla with the front grill modified into the Aston Martin shape would be mistaken as a Rapide by most people.
You can see the new TSportline TST wheels Jake has mounted on his car. We have an identical set in storage that will be getting winter rubber mounted on them (since the Tesla isn't AWD) and I'm eager to see them on our grey car... but not so eager to wish away the bright sun and warm weather! Good thing I have Jake's to look at all Summer.
Evan (in the green shirt) will be doing the initial preparation, detail and paint correction. Adam (in the blue hat) will add on the Xpel film afterwards and the whole car will get a layer of OpticoatPro to make cleaning easier... since I'm the guy who has averaged less than one wash per year on our silver Subaru (it never LOOKS dirty!)
We were not able to stay at the event for very long-- a little over an hour-- because of kid commitments (not in the psychiatric sense... though I've been tempted more than once). We had a great breakfast from Generoasta and then had to be on our way. In the meantime we answered a lot of questions, caught up with some folks we'd seen at prior events and met even more new ones. While still rare, I expect Tesla to become less uncommon around here and we'll be shoved aside to park on the outskirts again someday. For now though, it's fun to demonstrate the car and catch people studying it from afar and wondering if "it really does that."
Yes. It really DOES!
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