What?

The car is amazing, the car is gorgeous, the car is sexy, it is fantastic, incredible, to some it is also INCREFIBLE, but… The maps are Google’s, the navigation is Garmin’s, the search is Google’s – it means you just key in anything and the map finds it and shows it for you, but I miss the way points, the alternative routes, the “no highway” or “no tolls” features… It only shows a A to B path, no selected points in between, no way to avoid whatsoever. A bit limited, I might say, for a car that does everything else in the best best of the best ways. Including calculating in a very exact way the energy spent going from A to B. Perfection has a toll?

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“- This is a Tensla?”

Asked a guy in the middle of the street. He spoke as if he knew everything about the company that builds this amazing car. He started to talk as if there was no tomorrow. He was excited, energized, high, in heaven looking to the car he knew everything there was to be know about it. May be he knew everything. I heard nothing he said, my brain froze automagically. He did not know the name. The name is Tesla. Tesla.

New stuff

After two weeks of driving this amazing car, I’m still discovering features and doing stuff for the first time. Today, a while back, for the first time using the app to track the car and knowing the place and speed. Amazing.

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Driving slowly, tracking the car in real time. Fabulous.

Police control

I did not have a police control in years! I’ve to blame the gorgeousness of the Model S for yesterday’s auto stop. In Coimbra. Going 35 km/h and at a roundabout a policeman did tell me to stop for a control.

– How old are you, so that I don’t need to do the math?

I’m feeling 10 right now in this wonderful new car toy! Well, that had to be the honest honest answer. But it wasn’t. He wanted to apprehend my driver’s license. But he could not find the legal grounds for it. I think he wanted to ground the car to have it for a spin. No need for that, officer, sir! You could just have asked to go for a test ride! Always happy to accommodate the law!

Are you charging?

Charging an electric car in public places poses, not a problem, a challenge.

If you charge with the public infrastructure you just need the cable, the car and the public spot will lock your cable in both ends of the cable, you are good, protected.

If you charge in a public garage, using a 16 A 220 V schuko plug, or a three phase 400 V 16 A plug, you might run into an hassle… Depending on your car’s EVSE (link to wikipedia) – the “box” needed to charge from a plug – you have one end of the gizmo charger protected by the car blocker, the other might be very vulnerable. The Tesla UMC is vulnerable because one end is universal, you just can put there ANY SORT of an adapter, for 3 kW, for 7 kW, for 11 kW (charging, respectively 13 km in one hour, 32 km/h, and up to 55 km in one hour)… Those adapters are very easily interchangeable… And also removable and taken by someone not you, if you are in a public place. More: the charger shows an intriguing light path, lights moving, indicating it is charging. This is so interesting that it attracts a lot of, may be not desirable, attention…

If you could solve both problems, eliminating the eye catching lights, and avoiding being “taken as a memento”…

A car charging with no funny lights and protected from “friends”, a dream – like the car itself – come true.

After hours

Doing Tesla Model S demos after a nice dinner is not the best ideia. We discovered this in a practical context, our friend S suffered a minor indisposition, her husband N loved every moment of it, not the wife feeling funny, he absolutely loved the Tesla part. Sorry about that, S, it won’t happen again, promised!