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Tesla Model S 70D - Passenger Ride

We went to visit some freinds at the weekend (the ones with the i8) and I had a ride out in thier other new car, a Tesla Model S 70D.

First, lets start with the design of the thing, which I think is stunning, inside and out. Clean and modern, without trying too hard. The iPad sytle interior works much better in real life than it does in photos, is well finished and is a nice place to be. Detail touches like the door handles which glide out as the car unlocks appeal to me, but the car is packed with technology, such as using satnav to remember that you arriving home to your rough farmhouse driveway and automatically raising the ride height to compensate.

This is the lower powered of the four wheel drive S models, but the 'lower' part is all relative. This thing absolutely flies down the road, in total silence of course and, according to the driver, handles farily well, too. In the middle 'normal' mode the ride was a little firmer than I would like, but well controlled and would probably make an M Sport BMW driver feel at home. We tried the autopilot which got us a reasonable distance along the road without mishap before Carl thought better of it and took control again, but we could see the dash display showing all the nearby obstacles the car had identified (cars, lorries, pedestrians, etc) and it seemed to have seen them all.

Having something like this in my garage next to a Morgan 4/4 and a vintage Sunbeam really appeals to me.
Michael

I wonder if they'll produce an estate version? It can't be that hard and the boot could be massive.
gooner

Michael wrote:
I wonder if they'll produce an estate version? It can't be that hard and the boot could be massive.


Sadly I think you'll be disappointed, most manufacturers without a history of estate cars are developing SUVs instead, which is where I suspect Tesla are headed (I think they've got a model X on the way?)
Martin

Aren't they building a pick up?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Martin wrote:
Aren't they building a pick up?

It's on the cards, apparently.

I suppose if you don't have anything much to go in the loadbay, they could offer the option of a huge extended-range battery that you could use instead.....
PhilD

gooner wrote:
Michael wrote:
I wonder if they'll produce an estate version? It can't be that hard and the boot could be massive.


Sadly I think you'll be disappointed, most manufacturers without a history of estate cars are developing SUVs instead, which is where I suspect Tesla are headed (I think they've got a model X on the way?)


Maybe if the forthcoming Porsche wagon is successful they will change their mind.
Michael

I'm not sure Tesla are going to stick to conventions. I reckon they will produce a variant as the model is expected to have a long cycle so it'd keep the concept fresh.
Big Blue

I'm waiting for the Tesla NASCAR and subsequent road-going variant.
PG

Second hand Teslas seem to be holding their value pretty well.
JohnC

PG wrote:
Second hand Teslas seem to be holding their value pretty well.


I wondered about that. We have a client who bought 2 last year and we were trying to get used values to make sure the depreciation rates were reasonable but WBAC and Parkers didn't give figures when we put the Reg Nos in.
PG

I say that from looking at Autotrader at nearly new ones.

The lease rates though are quite high, which would suggest that in 3+ years when there are the first wave of ex-lease ones around, the true residual value will begin to emerge. I guess there are not enough around at the moment to really tell.
Tim

Is it worth considering how long the batteries are supported for as a basis for depreciation - I think someone said they were guaranteed for 7 years?

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