A little over three years ago, we drove two hours to Hamburg. The Tesla Center there had told us that our brand new Model S was ready to pick up. With great anticipation, we walked past the brand new Model S’s that were charging outside the service center, into the beautiful showroom where a stripped down version of the Model S battery pack and motor were displayed so people could see how this amazing car is put together.
At the desks at the back of the showroom, the service manager greeted us and when he heard why we were there, he said, “Oh yes, we have your car waiting for you!” He took us out the back, through the service area, to a special roped off area where a gorgeous, dark blue Model S with tan leather seats and beautiful wood trim on the interior was sitting. “Here it is!” he said. “Wow!” my wife and I said at the same time.
Over the next half hour the service manager walked us through all the cool features of our new car. He showed us how to operate the 17″ LCD panel that dominates the front dash, he explained how the smart suspension that raises the car up and down is controlled from that panel, as well as the heating, air conditioning, music, phone, and even access to the Web.
This was a car like none other we’ve ever seen before. When we started it, it made no noise whatsoever. Whenever we approached the car with the key, the door handles would magically appear, and when we left the car, they retracted again so they’re flush with the door. When the manager took us for a drive in our new car, and I stepped on the “gas” pedal, the car took off like a rocket. We could hardly believe how much power this car has.
Our two girls, ages 4 and 7 at the time, loved the special seats in the back of the car, just for them. They can sit back there and see everything behind us.
And the panoramic roof is amazing. It goes from the front windshield all the way to the back trunk. Speaking of trunks we couldn’t believe how much this car holds. But it wasn’t until we started taking trips around Europe that we really appreciated the amount of luggage we can bring with us. Since there’s no engine in the front, there’s a “frunk” instead that lets us put a bunch more stuff in the car.
Yes, we fell in love that day in September, 2014.
Over the past 3+ years we’ve driven our Tesla all over Europe, from Germany to Copenhagen, to Tuscany in Italy to southern France to Corfu by ferry in Greece. There are Superchargers everywhere in Europe now, so we just drive for an hour and a half or two hours (about perfect for our kids), stop for 20 – 30 minutes and then head on our way.
But these days we’re spending more than half the year in Central or North America or Asia, so it seemed silly to let the car just sit.
That’s why we’ve begun making the car available for rent for those visiting Hannover in northern Germany. My wife’s nephew helps us out when we’re not here and will deliver the car to the Hannover airport, or to any train station in the Hannover region.
If you want to learn more about our Tesla and rent it for a day or a week, you’ll find it on the iSuperdrive.com website or at our own site: www.hannovertesla.com (English) or www.hannovertesla.de (German). We’d love for you to have the chance to experience the future of driving.