Electrifyingly Futuristic - The Tesla Model X - Published in the 2017 Winter issue of Dress to Kill Magazine
At our last book club, we decided to read the Elon Musk book by Ashlee Vange. One of the girls had suggested it as an alternative to the recent series of poor fictional choices. In a room full of educated, thirty-some women in different professional fields, the consensus was clear; no matter our personal opinions of Elon, we could all imagine ourselves in a Tesla. A couple of us (myself included) are current reservation holders for a Model 3 and the conversation quickly digressed towards electric cars.
The generic questions came up first about charging and the unlikely possibilities of being stranded with no power. My girlfriend who was hosting the gathering at her downtown condo mentioned all the current Teslas in her building and all the charging stations available in their underground parking.
A couple of the moms brought up the environmental "greater good" thing. Teslas' mission is to; " Accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy". The company designs and manufactures vehicles with zero emissions. Instead of a gasoline-powered engine, the vehicles use electric motors powered by lithium-ion batteries.
One girl mentioned being picked up in a Tesla on a fancy trip with her boyfriend and the autopilot experience.
For me, as the divorced, and currently single, car enthusiast, the car is a statement of everything I'm not "suppose" to be and yet want to be; fearless, smart and sexy!
I had to get my hands on a Model X and see why so many celebs like Jessica Alba, Mila Kunis, and Eva Longoria loved their "SUV of the Future" so much.
The handling, speed, and control are pure pleasure. Although the one-pedal driving may take a min to get used to, it's simply irresistible to go full throttle. With 713 pound-feet of torque at your disposal, it's extremely responsive and so quiet. This model is the first of its kind as an electric SUV and the list of futuristic features is lengthy, but here are a few of my favorites;
Speed & Range: The top of the line P100D - Performance Option- Denoted by the "P", includes Ludicrous Speed Upgrade, Smart Air suspension & AWD.
465 km range: 0-100 km/h in 3.1 sec > top speed of 250 km/h
- Falcon Wing Rear Doors: Practical or not, once the double hinged doors go up, you tell me who drives the coolest car on your block. The wings allow for more flexible loading and easy access to the 2nd and 3rd row of seats.
-Panoramic Windshield: The expanded windshield over and above the front occupant's heads is simply mind-blowing. Watch as the front cabin increases its cool factor with more light and visibility all around.
-The Touchscreen: Just like the human male body, the cars' functions are controlled through one long apparatus. I'm referring to the 17-inch long screen that controls most of the features in the vehicle with just a simple swipe or touch.
-Autopilot: The Semi-autonomous drive mode can control the vehicle's steering, braking, acceleration, deceleration, and lane changing by using the turn signals. -Storage: No engine means more trunk space in the front and rear of the vehicle. So no need to get your clothes wrinkled folding seats when you can fit two hockey bags or stroller in the front trunk alone.
Aside from how sexy the car is, it's being part of a movement that is so refreshing. Since placing my order, I now volunteer at the Tesla Owners of Ontario Club and I'm a member of The Tesla Model 3 Club. I've met so many wonderful like-minded people who are just as passionate talking about the company, culture, and vehicle. Although I'm fully aware that the vehicle I drive, like the purse I carry, isn't a reflection of who I am on the inside, it is a reflection of who I am out there ... and while other automakers bombard us with fuel economy stats and marketing ploys, Tesla continues to focus on technology, safety, and convenience while leading the transition to a simpler and cleaner lifestyle, and that IS something I'm okay with reflecting.