This was my second time with a Tesla Model S after nearly a year and a half , but still something new. This time it was my first drive in Europe and in cities with no driving experience. Yes, I finally decided that now is the time to do something new and try to drive a Tesla in places I have no driving experience at all.
I started the journey in Zurich City, Switzerland. First my drive almost ended while I was figuring out how to get the car from the parking place. After some try and error I finally found the right button and the journey could start:). Luckily the morning rush hour had passed.
It is remarkable how driving a car can be similar to cycling. Once you have done it, you can remember it again. And so it was with my driving with the Model S. It was a pleasure to drive in the city with Google Maps, showing the real time traffic information and the navigation was made easy. No worries when to turn left or right, and when to go forward. And now it was time to set the destination.
I decided to visit Northern Switzerland with cities like Winterthur and St. Gallen and crossed the boarder to Germany also in Konstanz. Driving the highway with a luxury car is easy, while safety is one of the key functions in the car. Tech and car companies have done a lot to avoid different kind of traffic accidents, but there is of course a lot to do still. Autonomous cars or driverless cars can be common thing in the coming couple of years.
The bad thing with highways is that you only see a part of the country, so I decided to look for the local roads. Yes, here you can see the old buildings with jugend style, beautiful gardens, see scenery and take a break.
During my way back to Zurich I went to a Supercharger place. It was easy to see from the panel that there were only 2 other cars in that station, so there was room for my test car as well. And charging was fast with the Supercharger, with the battery being nearly at full capacity in less than an hour.
When taking a tour in Europe, it is rather easy with Superchargers, while there are plenty of stations to choose. But for example in the Nordic countries like Northern Sweden and Finland, it is better that you can calculate your route beforehand in the navigation in order to avoid power shortages.
It is expected that the power station network is going to be the main thing when car companies & utilities are calculating the electric car demand and supply. What is the standard, what will it cost for the car users and what are the governments doing on this topic?
Tesla (TSLA:US), as the forerunner in electric cars and charging, has got a new international owner from China, the internet-operator Tencent. With 5 % ownership this investor might be looking for a new platform for their games..? At the moment although all videos and games are not allowed on the Tesla car’s screens due to safety reasons, but maybe during the charging..?
Anyway, my last kilometers to Zurich Airport were fine with Led-lights on and the parking inside the parking house was a piece of cake. Yes, driving should be fun, easy and safe!
Tesla Model S, Zurich, 31 January / 1 February 2013. James Lipman +44 7803 885275
Technical details of the Tesla Model S:
Power: 422 PS
Price: From 89.100 Euro in Finland (Model S 90D 114.100 Euro)
Transmission: 660 NM
Electric Autonomy: 557 km (NEDC)
Passengers: 5 regular seats + option for 2 rear-facing seats for children
Powertrain warranty: 8 years with unlimited kilometers