What’s mine is yours
I knew I wanted the Roadster before I went for a test drive. I saw the Tesla Roadster in a magazine and the performance specs alone were very attractive. To find a unique Lotus chassis sports car on a single gear EV was hard to resist for a tech-software guy like me. The test drive just further confirmed how much I wanted to get the car and the sales guy didn’t really have to do much selling. It was like a big adult-approved toy and I wanted it!
I’m lucky to have a wife who equally enjoys fast cars, who also has a fondness for convertibles. I was super excited going home to solidify the idea of buying the Roadster with her. She was going to love it!
The long sell
I spent a year doing a lot of in-house selling trying to close the deal with my wife on buying the Roadster. She had many concerns about the reliability of electric vehicles (EV) in general. “What if I’m stranded somewhere and don’t have access to a charger? What if it breaks down all the time?” She had some very valid concerns.
Here I was, trying to explain how simple, eco-friendly and reliable the mechanics behind EVs were, all the while knowing her concerns stemmed from seeing the electric cars I had bought for my son. They were quick to breakdown and constantly need charging. Seeing this, she just couldn’t imagine her life having to reply on something so finicky.
A long year later, I finally won my wife over into getting the Tesla! I let our son pick the color, made certain it delivered with the soft convertible top for my wife and counted down the days for it to be delivered.
When my Roadster arrived, I was so excited. It was full of torque, the performance was excellent and just a great ride. My son loved it because A) he picked out the color B) it literally looked like a life-size version of his toy cars and C) we were surprised to find that he loved the Roadster for how quiet it was. We had noticed his sensitivities to loud noises before but hadn’t realized how much he was bothered by it until we had him in the Tesla.
We were surprised to find that my son loved the Roadster for how quiet it was. We had noticed his sensitivities to loud noises before but hadn’t realized how much he was bothered by it until we had him in the Tesla.
Where’s my car?
My wife is always willing to try new things, and seeing how much fun I was having in the Roadster really piqued her curiosity. She tried it, she liked it, then took it! She made it her daily-driver during her entire pregnancy with our second child.
Ultimately, my wife, who doesn’t go on rollercoasters because it’s an electrical hazard machine fell in love with the reliability of the Tesla battery-life, the smooth Roadster feel and being Tesla Green.
We all loved the Roadster for so many reasons, and it was our daily-driver for 1.5 years. I loved the versatility of the Tesla open source platform it was build on and even got together with a friend to develop a mobile app that enables controlling features of the car; like the Model S has now. The mobile app combined with a SIM card loaded dashboard module allowed owners to see how long they had been parked in the same place, automatically lock/unlock the doors and adjust interior climate controls.
Our family now has two generations of the Model S and a Roadster in use, and we eagerly wait for the Model X to deliver. My loyalty to Tesla remains strong, but I also hope to see other brands get on-board and create competition in the EV arena. We could so easily make big changes to reduce our carbon footprint as a society. I’d also like to see government agencies push for installing charging stations everywhere, especially in Mainland China and Macau so that the option for EVs can be opened up to the masses.
Our family now has two generations of the Model S and a Roadster in use, and we eagerly wait for the Model X to deliver.