Published on August 30th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan13
You Might Be A Tesla Owner If…
August 30th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
A Tesla Model S owner on one of the Tesla forums recently started a thread with that title above. He then proceeded to end the sentence 17 different ways, before asking others to do the same.
Below are a few of my favorites from the Tesla enthusiasts (with some formatting changed for uniformity and typos corrected), followed by some extra thoughts:
You Might Be A Tesla Owner If…
…You do not know or care what the price of a gallon of gas is.
…You consider the sound of your seatbelt retractor an annoyance.
…You stop for the yellow light to be first in line for the green.
…You tell your passengers in advance when you are going to accelerate.
…You tell [people] who makes [your car] and then they ask who makes it.
…You mostly use your brake pedal at speeds less than 5 mph.
…You keep checking this internet map with red dots, blue dots and traffic cones.
…When you are planning a long trip, your daughter reminds you that there is “this flying device” that can get you there quicker (& it does NOT even remotely seem like a better option).
…You buy a lottery ticket and a Pepsi at a gas station so you don’t feel guilty about using their facilities.
…You make sure you’re somewhat presentable wherever you go since it is highly likely you’ll be answering questions from the curious.
…Your wife tells all your friends that you should work on the sales staff at Tesla.
…When other drivers look at you, you think “they’re undressing my Tesla with their eyes!”
…You go to the Supercharger once in a while just to meet other Tesla owners. And yes, you do end up answering questions and being deputized as an assistant Tesla salesperson on the spot.
…You see a car commercial and you change the channel.
…You see a car dealer commercial and you change the channel faster.
…Your next trip to Europe might be to visit Norway, thanks to Bjorn Nyland and his fine work. Tell me you’re not thinking about it!
…You enjoy watching certain Tesla videos over and over again: My favorites are the modern spaceship commercial and the girl who screams out “OH MY GOD!!! WE’RE GETTING A TESLA!!!”
…You always order your drinks with NO ICE.
…You are constantly showing your friends photos of burning Fords, Chevrolets, Porsches, Subarus, Hondas, Toyotas, Fiats, etc, etc, etc.
…The Tesla sales person leaves potential buyers to you to answer questions.
…You cruise slowly through the Porsche dealer’s lot.
…You attend Tesla conferences and blow off the work ones.
…You consider driving three days one way to where you grew up, to only spend two days at the destination and then drive back.
…You just can’t stop talking about your Model S and EVs.
…You have given over 100 test rides to family, friends, colleagues and relative strangers.
…You’ve been called “A Tesla Evangelist.”
…You don’t understand why everyone just doesn’t understand!
…Whenever someone mentions the price of gas at the water cooler, you are caught off guard and try to determine if it would be wise to make any comment.
…Stopping at a gas station for anything feels about as awkward as Lebron returning to Ohio.
…You check the supercharger map every hour!
…You try to put a rental car in PARK by pushing the windshield wiper button.
…You and your spouse actually wanted the same car.
…Every time you start to say something your daughters say, “Is this about your car?”
…You have weekly household meetings to negotiate who gets to drive the Tesla on which day. AND, you always have a long mileage errand in mind to use as a trump card.
Okay, that was more than a few, but they are just from Page 1, and there are 8 pages. Head on over to check out more responses.
My final/extra thoughts are just:
1) It’s hilarious that Model S owners genuinely try to be the first one at a red light. Of course, it’s a different story with the Model S than any other electric car, but I imagine I’d love being in that spot in a number of lower-priced electric cars as well.
2) It’s hilarious (and crazy) that so many people still haven’t heard of Tesla.
3) The obsession with checking the Supercharger maps made me smile.
4) The response of family members to these Tesla enthusiasts… classic.
It’s a revolution, baby, and it’s just getting started!
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