Certainly many of the C&C crowd knows about vast quantities of power, but even a McClaren has SOME throttle lag. The question was, would Tesla win over any converts? Would they "fit in" with the crowd? Could some hearts and minds be won over? Only one way to find out!
I almost didn't make it. In fact, I wasn't planning to. When the Tesla date was announced-- Murphy's Law-- it fell on one of my vacation weekends. We were planning to be out of town until at least that evening and would easily miss the event entirely. <Sigh>
Then, as fate would have it, we ended up returning home a day early from our 1200 mile road trip (to be another 9 part series of posts starting later this weekend). Too tired to clean the car that night, I was up early and washing Serena so that we could represent Tesla best we could.
TeslaPittsburgh.com took advantage of the Tesla Event spotlight! Gotta love the Google Image search-- as I made up some quickie placards for the day (and future use).
One of these things is not like the others... one of these things is not the same.
The black P85 was gone most of the time. I think the C&C crowd probably prefers the P over the S.
Just a guess.
Here's Serena tucked away in her usual section-- well, if twice makes it "usual". Funny story-- while doctoring my iced coffee from Generoasta, two older men were talking behind me about the Teslas on hand. He mentioned how they didn't look like "$100k cars" (which most of them aren't) and how he'd only drive it around town and never road trip with it (though I'd just come back from a 1200 mile trip and many have gone much much farther). His colleague seemed to agree with his analysis and I considered butting into their conversation but, in the end, decided not to.
For them the cost/benefit equation just won't ever be compelling as the bulk of their driving years are past them. They are probably retired (or nearly) so commuting expenses aren't a concern and long distance travel is likely done by airliner. I thought they were pretty dismissive but then a big chunk of the gearhead community doesn't "get" electric vehicles and never will. I would have been with them... but then I felt that WHOOSH of acceleration and will never miss an exhaust note again! Even if I didn't have years of commuting ahead of me, I'd buy it all over again because there just isn't anything else like it... the effortless acceleration (especially uphill!) is just addictive.
We have a vanity plate on order-- which I'll probably not blur on here when we get it-- but it didn't make it in time for the road trip OR this weekend. In fact, as of now we still are waiting for it. Stay tuned...
Oh right.. Tesla. Lost my thoughts there just remembering the bellowing wail of the F40. So how many sales did Tesla make? I don't know. I was actually so busy talking to friends, coworkers and admiring the cars that I never got a chance to talk to the Tesla representatives. I did do a lot of talking about the Tesla though, as I was introduced as an owner several times (and questioned other times) and spent much of my time answering the usual array of "does it really do that?" type questions. Fresh off our big road trip I was eager and happy to talk about how amazing the technology is (except to those old guys). And yes, it really DOES that. Amazing!
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