I visited the Tesla Store in Washington, DC today to see the S in the flesh (a beta model). With a staff member assisting me and pointing out important details, I spent about two hours examining every bit of the S beta on display, including the chassis, battery pack, suspension, electric motor, and related components. What struck me most about the car was the simplicity of the mechanics of the car as compared to an ICE automobile. And with no oil and gas, the only liquids to worry about are brake fluid and battery coolant. As dozens of photos of the car’s lovely sheet metal have been posted, I thought some shots of the drive train and other mechanics might be revealing. While the S’s design is gorgeous, the real beauty is beneath the skin. Here are a few photos that demonstrate why. The electric motor and inverter are connected directly to the rear wheels and compared to all that’s going on in the rear end of an ICE car (differentials, gears, diff fluid, drive shafts, etc) this is simplicity itself. The front and rear suspension appears to be cast aluminum components, as shown in these photos. The power steering motor, master brake cylinder, and battery coolant pump are mounted in front of the battery pack and, I was told, will be serviced from underneath the car. Here are a few shots. Again, compared to what you find jammed under the hood of an ICE vehicle, this is very uncomplicated. The radiator for battery coolant in shown below, and the two black connectors show on the battery top are for the hoses from the radiator. Otherwise, not much going on up front. The headlamps assemblies are also a thing of beauty. I especially liked the lighted rim and the amber turn signal array (the piece curving to the right in the right half of the lamp). It’s an elegant step forward over the BMW and Audi lamp gimmicks. It appears that there’s very little that can go wrong with this car. If I ran an auto repair shop I’ve be very concerned about the future impact of EVs on my business. As for my experience in the store, the staff were incredibly helpful and very well informed. For example, one of the staff told me that to protect the life of the battery no more than about 2 percent of the car’s monthly charging should be done via supercharging. He also confirmed that the brake calipers were Brembos, albeit with the Tesla logo on them. Also, as I’ll be in China for the assigned test drive days in July, I was told I could make an appointment for a test drive in late July or early August. They said that I’d have more time behind the wheel, which made me smile.