Tesla Model S long-term review

Tesla Wanders Dracula’s Castle, Monasteries, Transfagarasan Road, & Kaufland Parking Lots

As we are receiving regular reports from Tomek and his fellow travelers, we can now put together a few stories from the first couple of days on the road with the Tesla. The most important news is there’s no real news — the first day driving through Poland was simply smooth and easy. There are two reasons behind this: Tesla’s range and GreenWay infrastructure. As Zach was already pointing out in the opening article, GreenWay has done a good job developing a network of fast chargers in Poland and Slovakia. It may still be challenging in a Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe to get from charging point to charging point, but not so in a Tesla.

Tesla Model S Center Console From EVANNEX (#CleanTechnica Review)

The good folks at EVANNEX were kind enough to send us a Center Console Insert for the Tesla Model S to use in our Tesla Shuttle fleet right after we launched the company. Yes, I assume they expected a review for the gift (which is worth $530–630), but they haven’t said so or pressured us in any way. (I have to say, though, it was weird when a 6’7″ thug-looking character with EVANNEX tattooed on his forehead showed up at my door holding a long iron rod. And I have to disclose that he did ask me if I needed any help evaluating the console.)

Teslas Are Freakin’ Computers (1st Software Update Notes, Freakout, & Reflections)

Some other members of our Tesla Shuttle team installed Tesla software updates on our Model S earlier in the year, but the first time I personally did so was the day after Christmas (or 2nd day of Christmas as some people call it). I was a little uncertain whether to do the update at that time — we needed to leave approximately 2 hrs later and the car said it would take 1 hour and 40 minutes. Additionally, I was a little concerned about how much energy it might take. We had an 85% charge but quite a ways to drive. “How much energy does a Tesla software update take?” I had never thought to ask and didn’t recall seeing this information somewhere, so I searched online. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an answer.

Tesla Model S Charging Cost After 17,000 km = $70

We’ve had the first Tesla Model S in our Tesla Shuttle fleet for 3 months now. We’ve put 17,000 kilometers (~10,500 miles) on it. One of several reasons the business idea originally made sense to us was that we’d have almost no operational costs for the car itself. Most of the charging stations in our home city are free and Tesla’s Superchargers are of course free (for vehicles up to a certain production date).

Tesla Navigation Review — More Goods & Bads

A month and a half ago, I wrote a raving review of Tesla’s navigation system for long-distance trips. It’s brilliant. It’s unmatched by any other car’s navigation system. The core benefits are:

it estimates how much battery capacity you’ll have remaining when you arrive at your destination,
it tells you where to stop to Supercharge if you need to,
and it’s extremely accurate because it takes so many factors into account — topography, temperature, your own recent energy use while driving, average driving speed on the route (or at least the speed limit along the route — I’m not sure dataset Tesla uses, or if it uses both), and perhaps even whether or not it’s raining.
However, it’s not perfect. There are three major issues with it, from my perspective. Anecdotally, I gather that most Tesla drivers are irritated by the same three things.