When one Tesla is not enough

Written by on October 31, 2013 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 24 Comments

TeslaSCindy Toth knew it was just a matter of time before she got nailed. And sure enough, there she was driving in the HOV lane all by her lonesome, and it happened.

“The police car came right up behind me,” Cindy recalls. “But by the time I pulled over, he was so apologetic!” She was driving her Tesla S, and had fully legal green licence plates. But the cop didn’t realize she was driving an electric car. He simply hadn’t seen anything like it. She giggles at the memory. “He couldn’t stop saying how sorry he was.”

Still, driving a racy dark red Tesla puts a girl in the spotlight. Although Cindy hasn’t been stopped since then, she keeps an eagle eye on her speed. “It’s extremely fast, and can go from zero to 100 in four seconds,” she says. “The acceleration is unbelievable. But I know I’m going to be scrutinized, so I stay within the speed limit.”

This is the second Tesla for Cindy – the first, a sexy Tesla roadster, is driven by her husband. “We love the roadster, Tesla roadsterit’s great for Sunday afternoon drives with the top down,” she says. But the Model S, well, you can fit the whole family or even furniture in the car. Cindy drives 100 kilometres a day, from her home in Grimsby to her job as an energy consultant in Oakville. And the drive is rarely boring.

People will zoom past her, and then realize it’s a Tesla. They slow down, check out the car, go behind it, go in front, pull out their phones, try to take pictures, or get their passenger to take pictures. “It can be unnerving,” says Cindy. “You have to remember, they’re not looking at you – they’re looking at the car.”

Tesla chargingShe’s careful cruising through parking lots, especially around pedestrians, who might not hear the super-quiet electric motor. Carmakers are using sensors to alert drivers to pedestrians and cyclists, and as far as Cindy’s concerned, the more the merrier. “I’m a big fan of options for commuting and getting around,” she says. “People should be able to use whatever works for them. We need to figure out ways to better share the road.”

With two Teslas in the household, it’s understandable that there’s a supercharger in the Grimsby home. But although Cindy can charge at 80 amps, a slower charge is set between the two Teslas overnight, at off-peak hours.imgres

She clearly adores her Model S, and doesn’t miss anything about a regular car. “I don’t miss trying to find a gas station, or pumping my own gas,” she says. “We’ve been to Ottawa, to London, and never worry about running out of power.” Cindy recalls the days of driving to Florida with her children. “I would always plan my stops. You can’t go gas tank to gas tank because you need to have pit stops. Nine hours in a car? That’s crazy.”

Her husband is an insurance broker, and is chuffed at Tesla’s safety rating. “It’s one of the safest vehicles on the road,” says Cindy. “They couldn’t crush it, they couldn’t roll it – they had to artificially roll it to see how it would respond. It’s so stable on the road.”

But come on, Cindy, what do you really like about this car? “I can drive a really hot looking car. I love the big graphite wheels, the muscular look, the performance,” she admits. “I love driving. And with the Model S, I get a comfortable sedan with power and amazing good looks.”




24 Comments on "When one Tesla is not enough"

  1. Susan Cooper October 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm · Reply

    Wow what a beauty!!! I bet the officer just wanted to get a closer look at the car. 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 4, 2013 at 2:36 am · Reply

      Oh, Susan, you’re so funny. And you may well be right. I’ve heard of such goings-on, even from the policemen (off-the-record) themselves. The power of the badge!

  2. Patricia Weber November 1, 2013 at 11:49 am · Reply

    It sure is pretty! I’ve been inside NOT a Telsa, but a couple of electric cars and the quiet IS amazing. Nice to know that now it also can have beauty for us car enthusiasts.

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 4, 2013 at 2:35 am · Reply

      They’re sexy, sleek and good for the environment. How can you lose?! Really, it’s more like driving a computer – but a very hot one.

  3. Jeri November 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm · Reply

    I had not heard of a Tesla until now, but it’s safe to say I like the looks of the car very much!

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 4, 2013 at 2:33 am · Reply

      Well, Tesla is hardly a household name … yet. And you’re not alone in finding it an attractive vehicle, that’s a huge factor in its sucdess. Now, if only all of us could afford one : ))

  4. Doreen Pendgracs November 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm · Reply

    I’ve never heard of a Telsa before, but it’s certainly a nice looking car. As I live in the country, an electric car won’t work for me at this time, but maybe in the future …

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 4, 2013 at 2:32 am · Reply

      One never knows, Doreen! They do have a much wider range (over 200 k) than the average electric car. And lucky you, living in the country!

  5. Arleen November 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm · Reply

    Now that is a hot looking car. What is the price range on it? I guess you can make a good looking car and have it electric. This is a surprise.

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 4, 2013 at 2:30 am · Reply

      Although all electric cars are cool in their own way, the Tesla is a fabulous looking and performing car that just happens to be electric. That’s what Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, had in mind. I think they start at about $70,000 and up!

  6. Becc November 4, 2013 at 2:12 am · Reply

    I had never heard of these cars before, but they are good looking, sleek and fast. Gorgeous and it is electric!

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 4, 2013 at 2:28 am · Reply

      You’re not alone – apparently that cop hadn’t ever seen one before either. Depending where you live, you might be seeing (and hearing) more about them.

  7. Krystle Cook November 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm · Reply

    Love the blue Tesla roadster. We just love that kind of blue. Such a sharp car.

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 30, 2013 at 10:38 pm · Reply

      You just can’t lose when a stunning car is in a gorgeous colour! Magical combination.

  8. niekka mcdonald November 6, 2013 at 11:58 pm · Reply

    0 to 100 in four seconds!!!!!!!!!!! It is a beautiful car and I am sold on it! Luckily that officer was very nice because some officers would have tried to find another reason to write her a ticket.

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm · Reply

      I don’t think Cindy does the zero to 100 very often, if only because there are so many police around. And yes, she was lucky because some cops would not want to admit to their mistake, finding something else to cite so they could justify pulling her over.

  9. Mike November 7, 2013 at 3:26 am · Reply

    Tesla’s are absolutely gorgeous and the Roadster is insanely awesome! No, I do not own one. Not only are the electric and wildly fast and amazingly good looking cars. But, also come with amazing options too. And a nice price tag. I have one defiinitely on my possible to buy in the future. I’m hoping the price will drop! Great post Krystyna 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm · Reply

      Even people who aren’t into cars love this beastie. It’s just so beautiful, and offers performance from a fully electric engine. Gearheads aren’t the only ones raving about the Tesla. In time, there will be a model for the average person, so we can all share in the Tesla magic.

  10. Luigi November 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm · Reply

    I visited the Yorkdale Tesla dealership one March morning and got the full tour of the Model S (well, I didn’t get to drive it…). Fascinating car, and it looks so good it sells itself. Maybe if I’m nice, Tesla will lend me an upcoming model for a week to review for my blog… one can always hope…

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm · Reply

      Oh, that Tesla store. The stuff of which dreams are made. You’re right, who needs salespeople for such a lovely piece of machinery? Let’s wish, hope and dream that a model will become available for general media inquiries.

  11. Debra Yearwood November 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm · Reply

    Nice!!! Now that’s a car I can covet. I love the how quiet the electric motor is. I have a hybrid and it can be comical in the summer when I’m driving down a residential street behind people who are walking in the middle of the road and don’t hear me coming. While I like that, the look of this car together with the electric motor is sheer beauty.

    • Krystyna Lagowski November 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm · Reply

      It’s definitely got your name all over it – electric and good looking! The silence of the motor catches everyone by surprise, and occasionally, I’ll bet people have to check to make sure that the engine is actually on.

  12. Mark Brody November 11, 2013 at 1:32 am · Reply

    I can’t imagine going from 0-100 in four seconds. What awesome power that must have. With all that power, it does look really classy too.

    Thank you for sharing!!

  13. Krystyna Lagowski November 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm · Reply

    Yes, mind blowing acceleration, good looks, and environmentally friendly. Plus top marks for safety and performance. Elon Musk is a genius. Now, if only he’d make something that the average person like you and me could afford!

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