Great care but range is overestimated
January 24, 2018
I have a 2017 Model S 90D that now has about 5,000 miles on it. Overall, it's a great car. The technology is very advanced and it looks stylish. It's also very fast off the line. For me, the actual range is about 80% of the posted EPA range. That's because pursuant to Tesla's recommendation, I charge it to 90% of capacity. Then, I actually only get about 85%-90% of that estimated range, even though I don't drive aggressively. So, although the EPA range is 294 miles, I usually can count on about about 225 miles of range. Also, since this is a battery-powered car, the battery loses range while it sits. Overnight, I have lost as much as 6 miles of range, but the average is about 4 miles of range per day. The battery also loses capacity over time. In 5,000 miles and 4 months, the car has lost about 3 miles of range. I'm not sure how this plays out long term, but at this rate the car will lose about 30 miles of range by the time I put 50,000 miles on it. That still will be enough for my daily commute, but it would limit any plans for long-range driving. Aside from the cool computer monitor, the interior of the car needs improvement. It shows that Tesla has not been making cars for very long or that they focus most of their resources on technology. The center console is odd and not that useful. Since the car is very quiet, you can hear rattles and creaks coming from the dashboard. Finally, 2 days after i picked up the car I was stuck in my office garage because there was a computer glitch. The customer service was great. They sent 3 technicians, after-hours, to get the car running again, but it was a little disheartening, especially since the cost of the car is pretty high.