I ordered a Tesla Model Y awhile ago. I was a little anxious about the cost, but my wife calmed me down and I’m getting a little excited to have it come. Supposedly it will arrive in late Aug or early Sept. Now I need to do some garage cleanup and wiring to get ready.
The other day I ran across this piece on Volvo’s “pure” EVs and their work on a new concept vehicle. It’s a neat idea, though without many details. Just a sketch, which looks a lot like what Tesla has done.
To be fair, I don’t love the look of the Tesla. It’s streamlined and I’m sure low drag, but it lacks some of the visual appeal of the 911, the Corvette, or even a modern Lexus. I didn’t buy this car because it’s visually stunning. Instead, I bought it because it’s really a computer on wheels, with tech that’s well thought out and is updated in a DevOps style on a regular basis.
I looked at a number of other electric cars. However, most of them are cars that have added batteries to them, with a lot of the rest of the car the same, and relatively little thought on how cars are changing. I also don’t trust most other manufacturers to update their software often, or well. I expect they’ll want you to visit a dealer, or they will make minor changes to correct bugs rather than introduce interesting new features, like “dog mode”. One other trick I saw recently was “Joe Mode”, which lowers the volume of alerts. My X5 does the opposite, raising volume when I raise the radio volume, which is incredibly annoying. It’s a design choice, which I hate. BMW wants to tell me how things should work often, whereas Tesla gives me more choice, at least, more choice I like.
I’ve been watching the software for awhile. Glenn Berry has one, as well as a couple others. I’ve watched online, and I see very few issues with the software. Some, but not a lot. And they fix them. I don’t have a lot of confidence in other manufacturers that they’ll do as well, at least not initially. I saw this with my Prius. Toyota tech was way more solid on hybrids than others initially.
I’ve been impressed in many ways with how Tesla has grown and adapted over time, truly reinventing how a car could work. I don’t love every decision, and I have no desire for a “yoke” instead of a wheel, but I do like where they are now. Ahead of other manufacturers.
I expect this to change in a decade, but for now, I look forward to only worrying about brakes and tires, and not needing to mess with gas, oil, spark plugs, air filters, etc.
I’m also going to start doing car updates again, with a comparison between my X5, which I could have kept, and how the Tesla compares.