Tesla. The future of driving. The smarts of eco-friendly mixed with the cool of a sleek, sophisticated ride. How lucky was I to be asked to test drive a Tesla for the week? All thanks to 3FEV Limited! I was absolutely THRILLED to be able to test drive this car.
As of December 2016, Tesla has sold over 186,000 electric cars worldwide since delivery of its first Tesla Roadster in 2008, making the carmaker the second largest global pure electric car manufacturer after the Renault-Nissan Alliance. For two years running, 2015 and 2016, Tesla ranked as the world’s second best selling manufacturer of plug-in electric cars after BYD Auto. Elon Musk, the CEO, has said that he envisions Tesla as a technology company and independent automaker, aimed at eventually offering electric cars at prices affordable to the average consumer.
Tesla has a network of high-powered Superchargers located across North America, Europe and Asia for Tesla vehicles. The company also operates a Destination Charging program, under which shops, restaurants and other venues are offered fast chargers for their customers.
The Tesla brand is “warming” up in the UK and during my week I visited Brent X to super charge the car as well as Westfield Shepherds Bush where there are 8 super chargers. The Spotify facility allows you to enjoy music of all genres and you can also login to your own Spotify account. The larger than average screen splits in 2 enabling you to enjoy multiple functions from Sat Nav complete with QWERTY keyboard, Spotify, radio, telephone, bluetooth functions, full car manual etc etc. The touch screen can also be enlarged and when in Sat Nav mode details the locations of Tesla super chargers together with quantity and how many are available at the chosen charge port. An extremely useful feature when your battery power only gives you 40 miles, there are only 2 super chargers available at Brent Cross and they are both in use. The screen details that there are 8 super chargers at Westfield and 3 are in use leaving 5 available for use. Just 50 minutes charge and the battery power increases to provide enough energy to complete a 220 mile journey! The Tesla store in Westfield also endorses use of the super charger, and will stamp your parking ticket which waives your parking fee!! Should you wish to charge your vehicle at home, there is a home charging kit which increases 80% of battery power when charged overnight.
The Tesla X is the SUV model, seats 7 people, and increases in speed from 0 to 60 in 8 seconds and boy did I experience that feature between junction 16 to junction 7 anticlockwise on the m25. Doors, passenger doors, front and back bonnet can be operated at the touch of a button on a small remote, and can be closed when in the car by touching the on screen image. Open the front bonnet and there’s no engine but ample storage and the only liquid you are required to top up is screen wash!
The Tesla is definitely the future. No exhaust so no fumes, better health for the environment, no petrol requirement so easy on the pocket, it’s quiet, no vibrating and no noise. A smooth relaxing drive which I truly can’t find an adjective for. You have to experience it for yourself.
3F EV Limited is an award winning company incorporated to provide an all-electric mobility service to individuals and businesses via rental, sharing & executive chauffeur services. The Company has a fleet of the game changing Tesla Models S and X and is the first and only UK rental company with a car share scheme that includes a growing fleet from private individuals.
We believe the cars of the future will be 100% Electric, 100% Connected, Fully autonomous and Shared. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation through the rental, leasing and sharing of fully electric cars.