John Broder with the New York Times took the Tesla Model S for a road trip along the East Coast. It was a bit of a rocky trip.
This is a technology that is just emerging and going through a lot of development. It isn’t going to just magically replace combustion based automotive transportation. It is going to require rethinking and possibly re-engineering how we travel by car. To a degree, we have to take some of these initial growing pains in stride.
The flipside is that I expect more from a car that starts at $61,000. If this was a car priced to sell to the masses I’d be a bit more lenient.
Power storage (ie. batteries) is the limiting technology here. Until there is a significant breakthrough in battery technology it is going to be hard to replace the energy density of fossil fuels.