Teller Discusses His Love Affair With His Tesla Model S

OCT 23 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 10

The normally silent Teller, of the famous magician duo “Penn & Teller,” has broken his silence (kinda) to discuss how his Tesla Model S led him to now loving to drive.

In a blog post on Tesla Motors’ website titled “I Now Love To Drive,” Teller explains how the Model S changed his mind about automobiles being appliances. Teller concludes:

My friends (and their children) ask me for rides, just for the fun of it, and parking valets welcome me with a slight, but noticeable, bow. And I believe I’m now a much better driver. Of course, that’s partly because the Tesla has so many safety features and is so powerful and responsive. But it’s more than that. It’s because I’m paying attention to every moment I’m on the road. Why? Because I now love to drive.

You can read Teller’s post in its entirety below and just in case you’re wondering, no, Teller didn’t get paid by Tesla to write this:

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I now love to drive

Teller October 14, 2015

I’ve always looked askance at people who said they loved to drive or loved their cars. A car – I thought – was a nice, useful machine, but about as lovable as a dishwasher. I defined a good car as one that took care of the chore of transportation without breaking down.

My parents raised me on sensible vehicles. A black Studebaker. A turquoise Plymouth. A Ford Ranchwagon, with one token touch of romance: it had cattle brands on the upholstery (I loved running my fingers over those).

My mother’s best friend, who was rich, had a little luxury MG that my father dismissed with, “Little cars. Little minds.”

So when I came of age, I bought practical cars. Minibuses. Minivans. Boxy SUVs. My sole guide in buying was: Which car has enough room for the groceries and requires the least service according to Consumer Reports?

Last year my Mac guy bought a Tesla. He told me about its ingenious (and practical) design. The modernity intrigued me.

So one afternoon – with 45 minutes to spare before a rehearsal – I swung by a Tesla showroom and looked over a Model S. It was, as I had anticipated, brainy and practical. So doing due diligence, I took a test drive.

It was like piloting a big, stealthy cat. The combination of muscle and silence enchanted me (as you may know, I’m partial to silence). The movement was not just efficient, but thrilling, a velvety-smooth, noiseless roller-coaster. Still my parents’ son, I dutifully went and read the reliability reports. Two weeks later, I placed my order.

A year later my first impressions have only deepened. The intelligence, power, and severe beauty of this machine are no hype.

I check on traffic on the big screen without having to squint at my phone. I charge the car at home while I sleep – no more being late for rehearsals because I had to stop for gas. The car’s software updates itself automatically in the wee hours of the morning, so that I’m always driving the latest model.

My friends (and their children) ask me for rides, just for the fun of it, and parking valets welcome me with a slight, but noticeable, bow. And I believe I’m now a much better driver. Of course, that’s partly because the Tesla has so many safety features and is so powerful and responsive. But it’s more than that.

It’s because I’m paying attention to every moment I’m on the road. Why? Because I now love to drive.

– Teller

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Penn bought a bright pink Nissan LEAF when they first came out. He’s probably upgraded since then.

Good point.. I had forgotten about that. I’m curious what he drives now.

A Teller Tell All?

A Teller Tatle Tale. lmao I wonder if he got the car for free?? you know …like a free 2yr lease.maybe??..One can never trust anything they read after the CR Spin around flip flop Report ..I wonder what went sour there!

What went wrong? The latest surveys indicated that the reliability had fallen below average.

You’re reading too much into this.

But Consumer Reports rated the 2014 Model S as having “good” reliability. Teller says his car is a year old, so it looks like he got one of those.

For some reason, at least according to the CR survey, the 2015 Model S’s show a sharp drop in reliability.

And even aside from that, Tesla service departments are very pro-active in spotting and dealing with potential problems before they turn into real problems. If CR is counting something as a “problem” just because it caused a Tesla service department to fix it, then they may be over-counting problems. A lot of those potential problems would be simply ignored by any other company.

This blog post went up on Oct 14th, before the CR report made headlines.

Body Rattles seems to be the most common issue. Makes sense, since the car is so quiet. I don’t know of a single older vehicle that does not rattle…

Can’t wait for Model III. 🙂

I’ve got a 10 year old retired police car with 126,000 miles on it. The body doesn’t rattle. In fact, the car is solid. Every other Ford I’ve owned has rattled inside and out.

YEA! Me three!