Tesla test drive

This electric car can move.

I got to ride in a Tesla today.

You know, the super-hyped electric car that recently arrived FullSizeRenderin Georgia.

VIDEO: See reporter Mark Davis’ test drive

We’ve written about the controversy surrounding the company, which wants to sell its high-end cars – starting at $69,000 and change – directly to consumers. Georgia law may or may not allow much of that, depending on who you believe.

That’s not what I’m writing about here. I got to ride in one today.

I assigned AJC writer – and car aficionado – Mark Davis to test drive a car and write about it. Mark has owned all kinds of vintage cars, from a Model A to a 1963 Ford Falcon. He knows his way around high-powered new cars, too.

Tesla was only too happy to comply with our request.

Mark got the car last night, a beautiful deep blue exterior with black interior.

This morning Mark took features editor Jamila Robinson and me on a quick trip around the block before he set off on his test drive.

My take: It’s like the most comfortable spaceship you’ve ever imagined. And my God, is it fast! I couldn’t believe it was an electric car.

Jamila is not easily impressed. “Wow,” was all she could say for several moments.

I don’t want to steal too much of Mark’s thunder. Check out Mark’s story in Friday’s business section. We’re also planning a video for ajc.com and a photo gallery for MyAJC.

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7 comments
Frank Clemmer
Frank Clemmer

Recently arrived in Georgia??  I bought mine over a year ago, and I believe the first MS arrived in Georgia in 2012.

Ghost14
Ghost14

9Awesomb sums it up nicely. It's a stupid law that needs to be taken off the books across the country. The internet allows us to make informed decisions without have to step into a dealership to keep the middleman employed. 

123wderfthygt
123wderfthygt

Interesting that the so called expert Mr. Davis  drove a 1956 Ford Falcon, considering that the first model was a 1960, released in 1959

MarkRDavis
MarkRDavis

@123wderfthygt An oversight on Mr. Gay's part. My Falcon is a '63. He may have got the years confused with another old heap I have. Chill, man.


9Awesomeb
9Awesomeb

It's sad that in a state run by republicans, we have a law restricting sales of an American made product. All because of the buddy-buddy system. You know dang well those dealerships are lining the pockets of the politicians to keep Tesla out. And, I actually believed that republicans were better than dems. Nope, just as corrupt. The very first thing an honest and decent legislature or governor would do is get rid of that ridiculous law.

But, I hope y'all get y'all a belly full of Chinese products. Cause we sure aint going to let any new American companies move in on someone else's turf. Makes me sick!

Alpha_Milton
Alpha_Milton

I think it's ridiculous that the dealers want to block Tesla from selling more than a handful of cars in Georgia.. What happened to the free market? Why do we even need dealers anymore except as a go-between for the manufacturers who don't want the liability and hassle of dealing with customers directly? Tesla obviously has no problem with this, so let them sell how they want.