In this article I intend to disperse some of the main myths and concrete the truths.
'Teslas can drive themselves!'
Ahh yes. Although Elon Musk claims that he founded the company and nurtured it to where it is today in the name of creating a cleaner, battery based future for us all, if you ask an average Joe on the street about Teslas, this would probably come up.
At the present, the Autopilot system can indeed keep the car in lane, adapt to braking from the car in front and change lanes by itself. However, your average Beemur or Merc can achieve 2 out of those three, so it's not exactly ground breaking stuff. Autopilot also allows you to summon your car, but it's a bit of a gimmick really, as it can't negotiate anything complicated.
So in answer, Tesla's can 'drive themselves' on large multilane roads, but it is still quite primitive technology.
Fact or Myth: Somewhere in between
'Oooh, an electric car. Wouldn't want to do a roadtrip in that!'
Range anxiety in your latest Tesla shouldn't really be a thing. Up to 379 miles of range? 135 miles of charge in 15 minutes? The key thing is planning a route with superchargers on the way. No one drives 400 miles without a break! We are starting to see the electric car catch up with the combustion engined car, and soon it will overtake! There are now double the amount of charging stations in the UK as there are fuel stations.
Fact or Myth: Myth
'You have a Tesla - you must be rich!'
Tesla started out with the roadster, a left field alternative to high end sports cars. Then it brought in the S and X models, bringing it in line with rivals such as Audi, BMW and Jaguar. The latest models, however show that Tesla has abandoned the posh dream and moved down to fight workday brands like Kia and VW. The latest 3, Y and Cybertruck models line up with cars like the Focus, Kuga and Ranger models.
It is clear then that Tesla's latest models are a lot more affordable and a lot less exclusive, and this seems to be the direction the company is taking.
Fact or Myth: Myth
'Teslas have shoddy build quality'
Unfortunately, this is true. They just don't feel as well made as premium Germans, and there are many reports of trim not lining up and pieces of the car feeling less well made. Maybe however, we take the German quality for granted and it is unfair to judge this relative newcomer of a company to those high standards. Anyhow, if you want your car to feel as solid as a brick, buy an Audi.
Fact or Myth: Fact
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