Teller Loves His Model S, Explains How Many Feel

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

Teller, of the famous American magician duo “Penn & Teller,” is apparently a Tesla Model S owner — going by the interesting review of his that was recently published on the Tesla website.

CEO Elon Musk linked to the review himself via Twitter, so I’ll just leave that tweet right here:

Here are a couple of highlights from the review:

“I’ve always looked askance at people who said they loved to drive or loved their cars. A car – I thought – was a nice, useful machine, but about as lovable as a dishwasher. I defined a good car as one that took care of the chore of transportation without breaking down.”

“So one afternoon – with 45 minutes to spare before a rehearsal – I swung by a Tesla showroom and looked over a Model S. It was, as I had anticipated, brainy and practical. So doing due diligence, I took a test drive. It was like piloting a big, stealthy cat. The combination of muscle and silence enchanted me (as you may know, I’m partial to silence). The movement was not just efficient, but thrilling, a velvety-smooth, noiseless roller-coaster. Still my parents’ son, I dutifully went and read the reliability reports. Two weeks later, I placed my order. A year later my first impressions have only deepened. The intelligence, power, and severe beauty of this machine are no hype.”

“It’s because I’m paying attention to every moment I’m on the road. Why? Because I now love to drive.”

That’s a pretty similar story to the ones that I have heard from a great many Tesla Model S owners — that it’s a fundamentally, qualitatively different experience than driving your average gas-clunker. (Much less a diesel car, I’d suppose.)

As far as the choice to solicit Teller for a review, I’d assume it’s because someone at Tesla (Musk perhaps?) is a fan. There does seem to be something of a congruity in worldview between the Penn & Teller crowd and the Tesla one. Though, maybe I’m opening myself up to attack by Tesla fans here by showing my ignorance on the matter? 🙂

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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