Tesla Motors (TSLA) let me borrow an all-electric Model S sedan for three days. I typically drive a 13-year-old Honda, so this was a major upgrade. What I learned in my 72 hours with the Model S, and what I'd improve. 1. Charging is not that big of a deal. I'd much rather plug a car in overnight to charge than have to stop at a gas station. 2. Range anxiety may be an issue, but not with a battery that gets 265 miles per charge. For my everyday driving, I never worried about running out of juice and had more than enough range to get where I needed to go. 3. Keyless entry was a new concept for me. I like the sleek black key fob that Tesla uses, but it's a wonder that it didn't get lost. Maybe put it on a carabiner or metal loop, so I can keep it with my house keys? 4. The visibility out the back window was a little smaller than I'm used to, but not a big deal. 5. I will be priced out of the Model S for a long time. Get working on that cheaper model!
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