Tesla Model S P85 One Year Review – Video


One of many memorable moments, Bjørn's Model S conquering The North Cape! (Photo Credit: Bjørn Nyland)

One of many memorable moments, here’s Bjørn’s Model S conquering The North Cape! (Photo Credit: Bjørn Nyland)

In this lengthy video, Bjørn Nyland provides his one year, 60,000-mile review of his Tesla Model S P85.

Like Bjørn mentions, automotive journalists typically review the Model S after a brief drive. That’s okay, but a one-year review is certainly preferred.

In case you have missed it, Bjørn has taken his Model S almost everywhere, through all sorts of weather conditions and terrains.

Some memorable moments of Bjørn and his Tesla Model S P85:

After watching Bjørn’s highly detailed review, we’d like to hear from you.  How long have you owned your Model S?  What’s the mileage?  Any memorable journeys/trips you’d like to share?

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12 responses to "Tesla Model S P85 One Year Review – Video"
  1. no comment says:

    there is no doubt about it – nyland is a oddball kind of guy, and yes, he is a fanboy; but this is a very good and informative video. i do, however, have a couple of points of disagreement with his assertions:

    a) nyland’s claims that he has seen only 5% reduction in range in winter driver versus summer are not credible;

    b) i disagree with his model of long distance driving: namely that you stop to eat every time you stop to recharge (or refuel in an ICE driving model). for my part, when i am doing long distance driving, my attitude is that i can chill out once i get to my destination; when i stop to refuel, it’s pretty much fill up and go; i might pick up a snack, but i do not sit down for a meal;

    c) i don’t necessarily agree with nyland’s claims about hydrogen fuel cell cars. the advantage of hydrogen fuel cell is that they are electric cars that fill up like gasoline cars. however, i am not sure how practical the HFC model is going to turn out to be as the energy density is nowhere near that of gasoline.

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      Norway ranges from -40F to 80F throughout the year. I also find it hard to believe that he is only seeing a 5-10% drop in efficiency during the winter.

    2. Mint says:

      a) Looking around at others’ results, you’re right.

      b) It’s a matter of opinion, but objectively, the time saved by plugging in at home and avoiding 30-50 gas station trips a year outweighs a few longer stops on road trips.

      c) Energy density isn’t a big issue for FCVs, just like Tesla has proven it isn’t for EVs with the Model S having *more* useful space than ICEs. The real problem is infrastructure and fuel stack cost.

      Tesla only needs a few hundred superchargers costing $150k each to make EVs viable for the majority of the US. FCVs need thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of H2 stations costing $2M each to be equally usable.

      The automakers are rich enough to do it, but it’s a colossal investment for a tech that has dubious chances of catching on.

      1. no comment says:

        the problem with BEV’s, and yes, even Tesla BEV, is recharge time: 30-60 minutes even at a supercharger station (if you are not at a supercharger station, then you are talking hours, or even days, to recharge). that kind of time is fine for an EV enthusiast, but it is much longer than refill time for an ICE. for a Model S, a 30-60 minute recharge gets you 150-300 miles of range, with an ICE, a 5 minute refill gets you 300-400 miles of range.

        another problem with BEV’s is that they require the installation of level 2 EVSE’s in the homes of owners. you can’t meaningfully own a BEV if all you have is 120V charging.

        what FCV’s do for you is that the hydrogen tank refills like a gasoline tank, so you avoid the long recharge times of BEV’s. where energy density becomes an issue is when you deal with the issue of how far you can drive on a tank of hydrogen. as to the cost issues, presumably, costs can come down as is the case with battery technology. at present FCV is definitely not ready for “prime time”, but it offers a lot of potential if it can only be transformed into a practical option.

        1. Foo says:

          Your statements seem to imply that BEV drivers must always “fill the tank” and then drive around until “it is empty” and then need to “fill it back up again”. This is simply not what actually happens once you start using electricity to drive (instead of gas).

          Once you get a BEV, that pattern of “filling up” (which is fine and practical for gassers) soon leaves your mind-set. You charge whenever you get the opportunity (at work, at home, etc.). It is so easy to charge (10 seconds to plug in and then go about your business) you soon find that — more often than not — your car has a full charge. All cars sit around motionless MOST of the time, and might as well be charging then.

          The idea that people with BEVs need to “pull into a gas station and fill up quickly” is simply not the actual usage pattern. Sure, for the occasional long-distance trip it is (when you are purposely using all battery capacity), but for every-day driving it no longer applies.

        2. Foo says:

          “you can’t meaningfully own a BEV if all you have is 120V charging.”

          I love these absolutist statements. No, it totally depends on your situation.

          My commute to work is 30 miles, round-trip. I can always easily top-off my battery (back to 100%) with 10 hours on Level 1 during the day (although I don’t necessarily even have to do that, with an 80-mile range). Even on the weekend, back at home and doing some extra driving, I can almost always charge all the power I need at Level 1.

          For the past two years I’ve done this, and find it very “meaningful” to have not visited a gas station in that time. That is, doing exactly what I did before (in my gasser) (and just as conveniently — more so, even) only now without sending money to OPEC, polluting less, and driving a very fun car. (I live in CA, where electricity is produced mostly with natural gas — so, yes, I am polluting less.)

  2. kubel says:

    Great video. Notoriously long, but still great. Not a typical fanboy review. He came out and criticized the car where it deserved it.

    One thing, though, that sort of got me thinking was when he mentioned how there’s really no need for gas cars anymore.

    Think of someone like me. I make $45K/year. I have a $76K mortgage to pay. Can I afford a Tesla Model S? Absolutely not. I can barely afford my Nissan LEAF, but I chose to sacrifice in other areas in my life and made it a priority. If there wasn’t a tax credit, EVs would be completely out of reach for people like me. If my commute was just 10 miles more than it was when I got the LEAF, I would *have* to buy gas- a Model S would fit my range requirements, but not my budget. Electric would simply not be an option.

    My previous car wasn’t a $50,000 BMW 5-series. My previous car was a $5000 used cop car. Before that, it was a $5000 used Ford Focus. So yes, gas does have its place. Unfortunate its place is with people who aren’t rich, who drive short or long commutes, or who don’t live in countries that heavily subsidize electric cars to the point where a premium 200+ mile EV is cheaper than a 3-door 4-banger.

    1. gsned57 says:

      I agree with you on the cost point. I’m not ready to replace my ICE cars yet (mainly because I need a 7 seater and aside from a tesla none exist).

      It’s interesting to see what used EV’s are going for these days. you can actually get a used I-Miev with only 10K miles for $9,000
      There are used Leafs going for $12K too.

      It’ll take a few years but the used EV segment will start to grow and hopefully good deals for us cheap folks will be available.

      If anyone wants to sell me their used Tesla cheap let me know 🙂

  3. Rob Stark says:

    !) Fanbois by definition say their object of affection is perfect and defect free. Bjorn has discussed several problems he has had with his Tesla and things he would change. Areas for improvement.

    B) That is what most people do which leads to driver fatigue and error. Sitting down for 20-40 minutes for a meal or snack re-energizes a person. In 99.99% of cases who cares if you arrive at your destination 40-60 minutes later? Unless you are speeding to a hospital with a heart attack victim for distances beyond the Tesla range the Tesla way is a much more civilized and safe way to travel.

    C) I fully agree with Bjorn. Fuel Cells are 50% efficient at converting liquid fuel to electricity.Total bovine feces..

    1. Foo says:

      “C) I fully agree with Bjorn. Fuel Cells are 50% efficient at converting liquid fuel to electricity.Total bovine feces..”

      I’m definitely not for FCV, but just because something has an efficiency of 50% (or whatever) doesn’t mean that it isn’t practical.

      Case in point: On average, gas-burning cars only convert about 20% of the energy contained in gasoline into useful mechanical motion to propel the car (the rest is wasted as heat), yet they are obviously very practical.

  4. Miggy says:

    90,000km in one year is a good drive, I do about 40,000km in a year but then if I had a Tesla maybe I too would drive the same distances as Bjørn. Great review thanks, Merry Christmas to you all.

  5. Phr3d says:

    Great job, Bj0rn – Thanks Mike Anthony and all for providing these – no fan of GooTube, me, this is Much more convenient.. My Go To for all things EV.

    Merry Christmas!