For the over six years I’ve owned two Tesla vehicles, I have taken many friends and acquaintances on rides and a few on test drives. Most people are quite reluctant to actually drive someone else’s car, so by far most were test rides not test drives.
I thought it would be interesting to report on the actual referrals I made before Tesla’s current referral program existed for the Model S.
The first friend who bought a Model S was a former close work colleague. We drove around in my Roadster many years ago. He knew about my blog and told other people that I was driving a Roadster. He bought one of the first 10,000 Model Ss and now his wife also has a Model S. He is a complete gadget junkie, so he would have likely eventually bought a Tesla but I’m sure my reference accelerated his purchase.
Another couple I know well leased a Model S. Jason is a car fanatic and I took him on the factory tour when I picked up my Model S in early 2013. Two and a half years later he and his husband leased a demo model with 1,300 miles on it. Since they are serial leasers, the exact options were not of concern. With irony they replaced a BMW convertible for a 70D Model S without a pano roof.
They own three homes: one on the peninsula, a condo in San Francisco, and home in wine country. For only $180 an electrician wired their peninsula home with a convenient 40 Amp dryer outlet. In San Francisco Jason can use a company charger. In the wine country they already had a 220 Volt plug already in their garage. From their home in wine country, they also have easy access to the Petaluma supercharger on their way back to their homes near their jobs.
During the summer of 2014, I visited a friend in her second residence in Oregon. We took a long day trip including visiting The Dalles supercharger. The town name “The Dalles” always confuses me, very few places have the word “the” in the name. The word is from the French world “dalle”, which means flagstone. Near the supercharger, water flows through the Columbia river over a series of rocks.
This summer, my friend and her husband called me to discuss various options on the Model S. I suggested and they agreed that unless your in love with the look of the 21” wheels or live somewhere where you can take advantage of the grip, the 19” wheels are a better choice. He is a doctor in Arkansas and plans to primary drive from home to his two offices. I also suggested that the air suspension is not necessary unless you live somewhere that it is required to park the car. In my experiments with trying to test the air suspension on freeways, I have yet to see that lowering the suspension in real world conditions made any truly significant drop in energy use. But those test were very hard to do accurately and I could never obtain reliable data to report. A third question was the battery size. I recommended the largest battery possible, and I would recommend this to anyone with the budget.
Their primary residence is in Arkansas and they will be likely one of the few in that state. Arkansas, Mississippi, West Virginia, North Dakota, Iowa, Maine, Alaska, and Hawaii are the only states left without any superchargers. Arkansas has some icy winter driving conditions, so they chose to buy the D option but felt no need to purchase a P version. Unfortunately, their order had been processed far enough in the three days between the phone call and the announcement of the referral program that the $2,000 stayed with Tesla.
At this point, I have only one $1,000 credit (Thank you!). Feel free to use my link till the end of October. I will be very soon buying the extended warranty at a cost of $4,000 as I am very close to 50,000 miles.