A few days ago I had the opportunity to drive a Tesla Model S from Zurich to Berlin. Of course I took it. I don’t own a car but I love road trips, especially on the German highway system, which in large parts has no speed limit (I still think this is one of the most crazy facts about otherwise safety-aware Germany). Of course I also was curious about the experience of driving an electrical car of the U.S. company that single-handedly is disrupting the car industry.
I decided to describe my experience in few paragraphs. Most Tesla trip reports and reviews are created by fans and therefore come with a certain emotional coloring. I’ll explain the reason for that later on. I however consider myself neutral. I take the position of an Average Joe who knows little about cars, who is not very passionate about them overall but who has done a couple of significant road trips over the past decade through Germany and across Europe. So I can make at least some comparisons.
During my studies I worked for a car rental company, mostly cleaning them, but occasionally I got to transfer vehicles from one station to another. I still remember vividly how I transferred a powerful Audi A8 from the German city of Hannover to Berlin and how simultaneously amazing and scary it felt to pelt along at 250 km/h. Mostly amazing.
However, slightly disappointed, I have to conclude the Model S is not yet suitable for those with a need for speed. Continue Reading