The Birth of an Obsession…With My Car

It’s only fitting that I drove my Tesla P85D out of the factory on February 14, 2015—Valentine’s Day—because as soon as I slid into the driver’s seat, it was love at first sight. It’s no secret I’m obsessed with this car. Most people are amazed to hear that you can go about 250 miles without recharging—roughly the distance from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. And when you do need to recharge, there are free Tesla SuperCharger stations all over the US, from California to Maine and just about everywhere in between, which take between 10 and 40 minutes to fully power up.

Most people think you’d have to pay an arm and a leg for a car like this, but if you factor in the tax rebate, tax credit, and the savings on gas and maintenance, you’re only looking at about $55K for the 70D. And it’s not like you pick your car up off the lot and you have to upgrade each year—this is a car that keeps improving. Tesla has done at least ten software updates since I purchased my car this year, refining everything from the navigation system to the blind spot recognition to destination charging. They’ve even added a valet mode, which limits the power of the car and limits what others can see in your contact list while it’s in someone else’s hands.

I have done a few road trips already—San Diego to Phoenix, San Diego to Palm Springs, Fremont, CA to Cardiff, CA—and the trips have been so easy, the charging so convenient, and the driving so fun that I hardly want to leave the car once I reach my destination. So now, I’m embarking on a two month road trip, leaving Cardiff by the Sea, CA on Sunday, Sept 20 and aiming for Maine. While I could spend all two months comfortably in the driver’s seat, I’ll pry myself out to see the sights, parks, family, and friends. Feel free to check in and ride along with me online!