The Tesla Model S Handily Converts This Popular British Columnist

DEC 4 2018 BY EVANNEX 9

LONDON LIFESTYLE COLUMNIST FINDS TESLA’S MODEL S ‘MADLY ENJOYABLE’

Electric vehicles have passed through the early adopter stage. The greenies, techies and lovers of acceleration are all driving them already. If Elon Musk’s dream of banishing fossil fuels is to be realized, then Tesla needs to start winning over the rest of the auto market – those for whom cars are not an object of fascination, but simply a necessary appliance, or perhaps a status symbol.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Zoe Williams tries out the Tesla Model S (Source: The Standard / Photo: Matt Writtle)

Zoe Williams, a popular British columnist who writes about politics, restaurants and the tribulations of being a single woman in London, seems to fit that description down to the ground. In a recent article in The Standard, she compares her encounter with a Model S to dating a Sagittarius – apparently a risky proposition.

At the outset, Ms. Williams makes a point of demonstrating her lack of knowledge about electric cars, or about cars in general (she, or her editor, seems to believe there is an automaker called “Hyundair”). As the uncharged invariably do, she fails to understand the differences among hybrids, plug-in hybrids and pure electrics, and her greatest fear is running out of charge and getting stranded “with a boot full of shopping and no charger in sight.” No electric cars for her, thank you very much.

“And then I met the Tesla,” says she. She falls hard. Her better judgement warns her against getting involved with another Sagittarius, but “surrender is inevitable.”

Above: A look inside the right-hand-drive Tesla Model S (Image: InsideEVs)

“There are 90,000 things wrong with this car, but they are all its price tag,” Williams writes. “Everything else is perfect.”

The wide-eyed Williams discovers all the unexpected joys of driving electric: “The handling is epic, you feel like Jason Bourne just pootling down the street, but you’re never buffeted about…The acceleration is magnificent. There was nobody I couldn’t beat off the lights. It was like being in a cartoon where everyone else is normal and you have superboots…If you can live with the fact that you don’t know how a battery works, this car is as self-explanatory as a bicycle…I had enough space to adopt two more children and still take the dog, except that I would never put a dog in this car.”

Yes, our regular readers, well-informed connoisseurs of Tesla’s advanced technology and industry-leading performance, may smile at Ms. Williams cutesy (or “twee” as our British friends say) observations. But do keep in mind that she is speaking for precisely the sort of people who need to be sold on driving electric. It’s safe to say that Williams’s loyal readers (and she has plenty) don’t care much about Motor Trend road tests, or the advantages of cylindrical cells over pouch cells. They want practicality and they want fun, and Williams quickly discovered that Model S delivers plenty of both.

Above: Tesla’s Model S (Image: Tesla)

The world’s BMW and Mercedes drivers are already well aware of the wonders of Tesla. If EVs are to become a mainstream product, that awareness needs to filter down to those who drive Toyota Camrys, or Ford Fiestas, or who perhaps aren’t even sure what the car they drive to work is called. Let’s welcome Zoe Williams to the ranks of the converted. “This is transport completely reimagined, its footprint turned into a toe-print,” she raves. “In other news: madly enjoyable.”

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Written by: Charles Morris; Source: The Standard

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9 Comments on "The Tesla Model S Handily Converts This Popular British Columnist"

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mhpr262

It is terrifying to consider that someone that clueless attempts to “beat people off the lights”.

Michael

Yes, getting to 30MPH can be terrifying.

JoeInTheUK

Interesting comment about not knowing the differences between hybrids plug in hybrids etc. A friend of mine who is pretty clued up about most things was totally unaware about the difference between a (Toyota hybrid) and a plug in. I suspect this is very common.

Bar

Most “regular” people also think electric cars can’t go through carwashes, or will catch on fire at any time, or drive themselves into a highway divider.

philip d

And that you will have to replace the entire pack like a Duracell every 5 years.

Alaa Sadek

Nice legs

Loboc

A chauffeur is in order here. Allowing this woman to drive defines the meaning of “woman driver”. I’ll apply for the job. 😉

Will

You don’t need to know how cars work or much about them in order to drive them, you know. Most drivers don’t know much about the types of vehicle on the market or how they work aside from how to fill ’em up, basic checks, and make ’em go.

So, there’s really no need to make misogynistic remarks because she doesn’t know much about cars, jest or no.

Bar

She’s gonna dent the hood. Didn’t they tell her to be careful with the hood at the Tesla showroom?