Why A Tesla Model X Is Great (& Beautiful!) In A Hurricane

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Originally published on EVANNEX.

As Hurricane Irma approaches the “Sunshine State” of Florida, it’s a wonder to own a Tesla. Yes, it’s the safest car in the world, but, it’s also a pleasure to avoid the hours-long gas station lines that are plaguing the residents of Florida. After all, our “gas” station is right in our garage. And Tesla’s Florida supercharger stalls remain open for business with no wait to plug in — at least not yet.

As reported in Common Dreams, “Some people in South Florida are finding it difficult to flee [Hurricane] Irma because they cannot fill their tanks up with gasoline. Many gas stations are shuttered. Others have extremely long lines. But people with electric cars such as… a Tesla do not need gasoline. At least until the hurricane hits, they have electricity and can fuel their automobiles with it. The new generation of electric cars gets over 200 miles on a charge. If someone left Miami Beach when the government began urging people to flee on Tuesday, even if they could not quickly recharge, they’d be deep into Georgia by today. Rather than hanging around in doomed Miami Beach unable to get gasoline.”

Top: Difficult, pricey, and, in some cases, impossible to fuel up with gasoline in South Florida pre-hurricane (YouTube: CNBC); Bottom: How electric car owners feel right now in South Florida (YouTube: FleetCarma)

And there’s another beautiful thing about owning a Tesla Model X pre-hurricane. Take this morning, for instance — after an eerily quiet rainfall at the EVANNEX offices here in South Florida, we looked out of the window and noticed something else interesting. The trees were still and the sky was a strange pre-hurricane color. So we took a look at our rain-drenched Model X. The massive Model X front windshield had created an unusual and spectacular display of rain drops.

When we took the photos, the sky was a sort of a slate grey. Our building is white and grey, and there was no other source of reflection that would generate the color (except, of course, the natural light spectrum). All we can conclude is that the chemistry of the front windshield glass and the physics of light reflection on that glass create this effect. In the rush to get flashlights, extra food, supplies, and bottled water, this strange sight of beauty provided a moment of reflection and calm.

The photos that follow were taken with both iPhone 7 and LG-Android with no filters or other special effects. Here’s the entire Model X windshield — interesting, but otherwise unremarkable …

Moving in more closely, the color begins to pop …

And when you come into macro range, you see this …

Here are a few additional macro images …

All photos: Roger Pressman; Editor’s Note: Our prayers go out to those in Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and, our best wishes to those in the Southeast prepping for Hurricane Irma.

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Matt Pressman

Matt is all about Tesla. He’s a TSLA investor, and he loves driving the family's Model 3, Model S, and Model X company cars. As co-founder of EVANNEX, a family business specializing in aftermarket Tesla accessories, he’s served as a contributor/editor of Electric Vehicle University (EVU) and the Owning Model S and Getting Ready for Model 3 books. He writes daily about Tesla and you can follow his work on the EVANNEX blog.

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