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Living with a Tesla #4 – Checking out the Model X

WP_20170324_17_25_13_ProSo the kind folk at Tesla loaned me a Model X for a few days whilst my Model S was getting some work done… Ironic given I had openly said I don’t like urban SUVs and I reckon they’re for the Mamarazzi on soccer and school pick-up duties. And all those gimmicks on the Model X – automatic opening doors, big sky windscreen, falcon wing doors, electric adjustable centre row… Ha Tesla, you’re gonna regret this…

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Living with a Tesla #3 – Look Ma, no hands!

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Autopilot on; 102km/k, no hands, no feet… hmmm, Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ on the radio…

Ahhh, Autopilot. Depending on what you’ve been told it’s either an irresponsible, wrongly named, killer experiment or, it’s a fantastic, safer than a human, life-saving driving aid. This blog is about my experiences of commuting and road tripping with Autopilot – what it’s really good at and where it ain’t that great.

I reckon I’m in a good place to comment given I’ve driven well over 35,000 km on Autopilot and more than 95% of our recent ten day, 4500km Brisbane road trip and the following weekend’s 1650km Bowral road trip were on Autopilot. I have developed considerable confidence in Autopilot; I am more than happy to let the car take the lead role of driving, with me watching, as often as possible. And I have also learned the hard way not to become complacent. Continue reading

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Living with a Tesla #2 – A supercharged road trip

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Knockrow (Byron Bay) Superchargers

In this series of short blogs, I’m going to talk of our experiences living with a Tesla Model S P85D. I’m not going to wrap this in cotton wool. I’ll be honest about the pluses and minuses of being an early adopter.

In my last blog, I spoke about the 20 seconds I spend plugging-in and unplugging my car each day and how long the car takes to recharge is not important – it will be charged in the morning ready for another day. However, when you’re road tripping, charging times can come in to play. Today’s blog is about our 4500km road trip from Melbourne to Brisbane and back via Sydney and Canberra using Tesla Superchargers. Continue reading

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Living with a Tesla #1 – Charging for daily use

teslachargingIn this series of short blogs, I’m going to talk of our experiences living with a Tesla Model S P85D for the past 15 months and 40,000km. I’m not going to wrap this in cotton wool. I’ll be honest about the pluses and minuses of being an early adopter.

So let’s deal with the first thing everyone asks – how long does it take to charge? That’s not really the right question so let’s change it ever so slightly… How long do I spend charging the car? For comparison, let’s start with… Continue reading

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