I test drove the Tesla Model X (the SUV) a few weeks ago....and I have to agree with your friend now. I always liked Tesla but I wasn't a hardcore fan or anything. Once I test drove it though, I realized how much better it really was. And yes, from what I saw it is inevitable that we will all go electric. Gas cars simply cannot even be compared.A friend of mine who has a ‘17 BMW M5 says he’s going to Tesla and will stay electric for good. When my favorite gear head buddy said he was going electric, it sunk in that we’re all going electric.
I have a question. How is Tesla fit and finish, as in rattles and parts fitting together? Is there anything cheap or generic about it?
The Tesla had INSTANT acceleration. Ridiculous acceleration. 2.9 seconds to 60mph - that used to only be possible with $2million supercars. Now almost everyone can obtain that kind of acceleration. And in a couple years the Tesla Roadster will come out with 0-60 in 1.9 seconds (which I cannot even fathom) for a fraction of the price of a Bugatti or other supercar. I think the Model 3 Performance version ( which you can get for 75K, which ends up being about 48K after tax savings) has 0-60 performance of 3.3 seconds. When I test drove the Model X, my intention was to be a very good driver and very safe because I had the Tesla co-pilot in the car with me and I didn't want them to feel in danger at all. The copilot told me, "Slam down the acceleration peddle just to see what it feels like". So I did for a split second...and when I looked down at the speedometer I was somehow going 110mph on the highway (which is way too fast and I slowed down as soon as I saw it, but just to get the point across that these have so much better performance).
I asked the representative about maintenance, etc, as well. You have to go in for regular maintenance like new wheels and what not, but I believe she said the vehicle is relatively maintenance free until you get to around 15,000 miles and then you're good for another 15,000 miles. Another neat thing about Tesla (and again, go on a test drive to feel this) is that the way the car works you don't actually use the brake peddle very often which means you aren't wearing out your brakes. If you're not hitting the gas peddle, the car just naturally starts slowing down as if you were using the brake (but you are not). You can literally drive the vehicle without ever using the brake (which means you aren't wearing out the brakes and won't have to pay much for maintenance of them). And also, the "slow down" feel that happens when you are not hitting the gas - the vehicle is actually using that energy and putting it back into your battery....
On another note, the gas savings do add up. There's some videos out there on this, and on average it appears as though for every 10,000 miles you only spend $200 on electricity costs.
To answer your questions about the fit and finishes - the higher up models like the X and the S are more expensive so they are quite nice inside. The Model 3 is the "cheaper" version but it still looks very nice inside. The only thing I don't like about the Model 3 is that there is only one center screen and that is where your speedometer is (there is nothing behind the steering wheel like in a normal car) but I imagine one could get used to that.
Seriously though - go on a test drive and you'll never want to go back. I still love my Murano but as soon as I can afford one, I am going for a Tesla eventually.