As people who know me reasonably well could have guessed, my dream car is a Tesla. It perfectly captures my professional career in software engineering, my personal beliefs in renewable energy, and my addiction to cool techno-gadgetry. The instant I find myself rolling in stupid money, I will be ordering this car with every option available.
The launch event for the Model X in the picture was September 29, 2015. There’s so much to love about this car, but here are the big reasons it appeals to me:
- It’s a Tesla, meaning an all-electric luxury performance vehicle with a state-of-the-art operating system. You can now update your car the same way you update the software on your Mac or PC. Tesla demonstrated the value of this feature when, in March of 2015, it introduced two new applications, three new safety features, and several performance optimizations via an over-the-air software update. Vehicles updated overnight. Owners woke up in the morning to find substantially improved and more robust cars in their garages.
- 100% renewable energy means 0% fossil fuels. This isn’t unique to Tesla, but I love the idea of deriving power from sunlight, zero emissions, and reducing my impact on the environment. No more gas, no more oil, no more transmission fluid. There’s a trade-off of course. Lithium ion batteries present their own environmental challenges, but battery technology is improving. Now if only I could take my home solar (roof presents some design challenges).
- For me, Tesla beats out the other all-electric vehicles primarily by being smarter and cooler. Most aerodynamic. Number one safety rating. An auto pilot feature capable of presenting the car to you and parking in your garage for you. A 17-inch display that is as functional as an iPad, but designed specifically to enhance your driving experience. An air suspension that automatically lowers at highway speed and automatically raises when pulling into your driveway. Face-stretching acceleration. And on the Model X, ultra-cool falcon wing doors! There’s so much more, but you get the idea.
Ah, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Maybe I’ll win the lottery. Maybe I’ll create the next Facebook. Maybe my kids don’t need to go to the University of Michigan. Wait, yes they do. Go Blue!