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In the year 2064

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by zwede, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. zwede

    zwede 2013 P85+

    Jan 17, 2014
    Plano, TX
    Just a little story I wrote this morning.

    In the year 2064

    'All this just to go 400 km', the tech mused as he looked at the insides of the old battery. He was the owner and sole employee of Teslas to go, part of a cottage industry keeping the old classics on the road. The company specialized in updated electronics and power cells. The tech liked to bring the old ones back to life. As amazing as the new models were, the old ones had such charm in their antiquated way.

    The one he had in the shop today was real special: A 2014 Model S. 'You started it all', he thought, 'After the roadster showed it could be done, the Model S came and turned everything upside down'.

    The Model S was still a relatively common sight. Popular at car shows and a few were even still used as drivers. This one had been bought new by the current owner's uncle when the now owner was 10. He'd told the tech that at the time he considered it the most amazing car ever. The tech, being 25, had a hard time imagining a time when a simple Model S was considered amazing. They were beautiful early examples of modern cars. But still... antiques.

    The uncle drove the car several decades before parking it when his eyesight got bad. After some time he gave it to the nephew who had been so fascinated by it as a kid.

    By then the car had deteriorated somewhat. The nephew brought it to a restoration shop that had done a nice job bringing it back to what it must have looked like back in 2014. Crisp, straight, body lines. Gleaming chrome. They had done a brilliant job duplicating the 2014 paint job, giving it that slight imperfection they had back then. Orange peel, they called it.

    Now the car was with Teslas to go for the final part of the restoration. The tech had already finished replacing the old touchscreen and processor with modern retrofits. The screen looked original until you turned it on.A nice thing about this model was it had a “classic mode” that emulated the quaint original graphics. The tech had to smile when he looked at them.

    Last step was to replace all those old bulky battery cells with a modern power cell.

    The Model S used the battery case as a stressed chassis member so the old case had to be retained. The compact new cell looked positively lost in the giant old case.

    He had the robotic helper lift it in place under the car and fasten it.

    Disconnecting the shore power he had used for screen diagnostics he flipped over to the new power cell. The display lit up; “Rated range: 1856 km”.

    'Not bad', thought the tech. The new cell was just a little standard 3B, hardly what one would call powerful. But it was compatible with the original inverter and motor which this car retained. That made it an easy and inexpensive, and thus popular, retrofit.

    Before letting the owner know to come and get the car the tech did a test drive. He stopped at one of the ubiquitous charging stations and made sure the classic car was now compatible. The station successfully did a handshake with the new power cell and announced a complete recharge from drained could be done in less than a minute.

    'I'll be sad to this one go', he thought as he pulled back into the shop.'As obsolete as you are, you're still a blast to drive'.

    Soon the owner would pick up his car. He would go to car shows and show it off to neighbors. He'd pretend it was 2014 again, he was 10 years old and his uncle had just bought the coolest car in the universe.
  2. muleferg

    muleferg Active Member

    Dec 15, 2013
    North Wilkesboro, NC
  3. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913

    Jan 29, 2010
    Redwood Shores, CA
    This must have been in some rural area. Power cell 3B is one of those compatible with the inductive charging strips laid on all major city streets. The last charging station in the urban areas was apparently retired in 2045; you can still see it in the Smithsonian.
  4. Zzzz...

    Zzzz... Member

    Aug 19, 2012
    East Asia/Canada
    Well this is very conservative estimate. But a nice one.

    Sure, but it would be better to point out that such station was wireless and was able to recharge S while driver was ordering tea while trying to decide what sort of cake would be the most enjoyable choice provided his current mood and flavor of the tea he ordered already.
  5. Btrflyl8e

    Btrflyl8e Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2013
    Seminole, Florida, United States
    Great read, thanks!
  6. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

    May 17, 2009
    Once you start getting over 600 miles or so of rated range, I wonder how much it will be worth spending more money to add range. You wouldn't be able to fully recharge at a hotel but by then I'd imagine hotel charging would be common and Superchargers will be plentiful.
  7. igotzzoom

    igotzzoom Supporting Member

    May 26, 2013
    Laguna Hills, CA
    What's interesting is that a lot of technologies that are considered "modern" in today's cars have been around for decades, sometimes more than 60 or 70 years, but they were limited to highly-exclusive, hand-built luxury cars. Case-in-point, the 1957 Mercedes 300 SL had a very rudimentary form of gasoline direct injection, something that is just now becoming commonplace. Duesenbergs had four-valve overhead cam engines in the 1920s. The Chrysler Crown Imperial had disc brakes starting in 1949. I'm sure in time the Model S will be seen as the forerunner of what will become "common" technologies in cars.
  8. jarred767

    jarred767 Member

    Jun 29, 2014
    Bend, OR
    Great read! Very nicely laid out.

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