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Vancouver Test Drive Event. My Impressions ( P85+ content)

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Ocelot, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. Ocelot

    Ocelot Member

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    Well that was fun.

    Over the weekend I had a chance to go over to Vancouver and test drive the model S. I will start of with a few negatives of the experience, albeit nitpicky ones and then move towards the positive.

    The first negative was the timing. They only gave a week notice and my wife was working on Saturday...but fortunately my friends girlfriend agreed to babysit my 2-year-old who I brought with me over from Victoria for a couple hours. The second negative was the location. Downtown Vancouver is very stop and go, I think having something outside of downtown would of been a better driving experience. Although to counter that point, being downtown, gets Tesla more exposure, as we probably passed/saw a few hundred-thousand dollar plus cars in our short test drive. Lastly, timing. The drive was scheduled for half hour, but as they were running late it was only 20 minutes or so. I brought a friend, so ten minutes each just is not enough!

    Onward to the positives.

    The staff was super nice, extremely knowledgeable and very enthusiastic in a non-overbearing way. The process of passing my drivers liscence, giving a phone number and clicking yes to an agreement statement was fast and painless. It was low-key with no signs, or banners or anything, I like that. I loved the fact that at the end of the ride, the tesla representative said, 'hope you enjoyed it', and hopped back into the hotel. No hard-sell. No pushyness. They let the car speak for itself, and give customers the credit, that if they are interested they will pursue things. That was refreshing.

    I drove a P85+, red with grey 21"wheels. It was beautiful. It was awesomely fast. The first (and only time) I punched it, my friend in the backseat thought something had gone wrong in the car and we were going to crash! It took him by complete surprise. His head just got pinned right to the seat. The handling is superb and agree with the multiple comments of how it does not feel like you are driving a big car. The screen is amazing in person, and very easy to navigate around. The kids jumper seats are very well designed from a fold up and down perspective. For those who care, the VIN number was near 12 000. I cannot comment much more due to the shortness of the drive, which was mostly in heavy traffic.

    Here is what I find interesting. My friend is a pretty "with it', tech-savy, cool dude type of guy, and although he has heard of Tesla, he really had NO idea that something like this was available. It blew away his really non-existent expectations. He noted when I started talking to him about Tesla, his thoughts were 'well if that's what interests you' kind of thoughts. Then after driving the vehicle, notes he is buying shares today, and understood immediately how this is a 'game-changer'. I overheard him talking to his girlfriend about elon musk, as i was reading my kid bedtimes stories, and chukled to myself (my wife I think is on the verge of her tesla threshhold). Point being I think after reading this forum for hours on end, and following the stock closely, I automatically assume everyone knows about Tesla. However, this really could be the tip of the iceberg.

    While I still am going to wait for the 'x' as it suits my growing families needs a bit more, I am more a fan today, than ever. Thanks Tesla!
     
  2. mknox

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    When they had the Get Amped test drives in Toronto last summer, they actually picked a place in the suburbs (Mississauga) with plenty of room and access to some uncongested freeway. With their new store at Yorkdale Mall, I wonder about the effectiveness of test drives from there. It is adjacent to some of the busiest roads in North America, and I don't think I've ever seen the 401 move at more than a crawl through there. Not sure where you really get a chance to see what the car can do.
     
  3. lolachampcar

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    I suggest not loosing a year and a half by going MS for you today and X for your wife when available. My wife started off with little interest in MS and now her order is going in :)
     
  4. milotron

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    Ocelot, I have the silver Model S in Victoria ( I presume that I am the only one right now...) I am happy to meet up if you need more convincing....
     
  5. Ocelot

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    Thanks for the offer Milotron, sent you a PM.

    MKnox, having a test drive in the suburbs sounds much better. I agree, not convinced Yorkdale mall will have great access, but hopefully the test drives will be longer allowing for some decent uninterrupted blacktop.

    lolchampcar, the 85+ planted the seed, now you are watering it! Hmmmm....
     
  6. Mayhemm

    Mayhemm Model S P85+ "Lola"

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    Having taken a test drive from Yorkdale in March, I can attest that it's definitely not the most ideal route. Lots of stops, turns, and traffic. I never really got the opportunity to push the car. But when I place my reservation, I'll be going for another (more spirited) drive for sure. The Yorkdale parking garage access is really dodgy too (as can be seen by the lack of yellow paint remaining on the curbs)
     
  7. c041v

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    Nice to hear your experience! I too got the e-mail, and after some back and forth, got a Sunday test drive slot in the regular 85. I spent quite a bit of time ogling that red P85+ though, it's actually now my desktop background at the office. Love the multi-coat red! I failed to get the VIN on the car I drove, but was told it was about two weeks old.

    I too was not thrilled with the timing, I had to do a number of things on Saturday, but was happy that they apparently decided to make it a two day event? Disappoint with the location too. I was there for 10:30, we were on the road by about 10:45 and I think we got back around 11:30. We spent maybe 10 minutes on West Georgia just trying to get into Stanley Park which IMO is not the best venue to showcase the Model S' capabilities. The entire park has a 30 km/h speed limit - I did punch it a handful of times at the encouragement of the Tesla rep, but it was very busy with cyclists and pedestrians for the most part, and I never got to experience much of the handling, the way I did in Seattle. The somewhat unexpected feature? of the S is that nobody can hear you accelerate. I'm undecided as to whether or not that's a good thing. I too manage to make a believer out of my VWAG-loyal tech savvy friend who went into the drive thinking there was no way an EV could be half as good as the S is. Even the regular 85's acceleration is far more than anybody could practically need.

    The only complaint I really have at this point is that I find the S to have fairly restricted visibility for tall folk (I'm 6' 4") which is one of the reasons, like you Ocelot - I will be putting in a reservation for an X in the next few months. There was something magical about silently driving through Stanley Park with the sun on my face that told me there's no way I could ever buy an ICE again. I'm already loaded up on TSLA stock, so this event was to uh... "Check on my investment"

    Interesting point - One of the reps mentioned that apparently some kids have gotten sick while driving around in the rear-facing seats. I haven't spent much time over at the Driving Dynamics sub forum to see if this is a fact or anecdote.
     
  8. Mayhemm

    Mayhemm Model S P85+ "Lola"

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    I'm assuming Tesla just sent out event notifications to Vancouver-area reservation holders? Or how did you guys get your invites?
     
  9. Cheerose

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    If its similar to what they did for Atlanta, make sure you create an account on Tesla's site. I think you include your location or, at least, your state/province.
     
  10. c041v

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    Copy of the e-mail... Can't get the graphic to work on my iPad, but it referred to this as a "Vancouver test drive event"


    Model S is the world's first premium electric sedan and sets the standard for 21st century performance. Designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, Model S provides unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience.


    Test drive appointments are available to prospective customers on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Your driving session will be 20 minutes long over a predetermined route designed to highlight the capabilities of Model S.


    A Tesla Product Specialist will accompany all drives to answer questions and ensure you optimize your time in Model S.

    You may bring up to three guests to ride in the back seat during your drive.


    Event Details
    June 8th 10am - 6pm
    Hotel Loden
    1177 Melville St.
    Vancouver, Canada



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