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So I picked up my new P85 last night. Handover was brilliant, the delivery specialist really took his time to go through every feature of the car and make sure all my questions were answered.

Not much to say about the car that hasn't been said elsewhere. It is a long car, so much so that it sticks out of every parking space I have found so far. Seems pretty anonymous as well, which is a good thing I guess.

Driving is great, they have managed to engineer out the mass of the car very effectively. It's not exactly nimble but it is also not a barge. More GT than anything else.

Having to recalibrate my driving style. The lack of engine noise plus the seemingly limitless power on tap is a great feature but not so great when coming from a laggy diesel! In some ways, I think the S85 would make a better daily driver than the P.

It does feel like the future, right up until you try to use a public charger. Seems like a lot of faffing around with tapping the RFID card, wait, tap... Looking forward to the simplicity and speed of a supercharger :)

So, first impression: lives up to the hype
 

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Fantastic Jim.

It is interesting what you say about the size because that is the main reason we have not considered a Model S (apart from the small matter of £50+k of course!). We are looking forward very much to more info on the Gen 3 Tesla (previously called the Model E).

BTW... I don't know if you know this or not but the best way to get RFID cards to work is hold it against the reader and just keep it stationary. I was doing things like moving it around and removing it too early before I spoke to an Ecotricity engineer who said just hold it still against the reader until recognised. :)
 

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@Paul I tried holding it on, but the Chargemaster post decided to open the 3 pin port first. Then I had to stop the charge, close the port, wait for it to reset, then start again. Bit of a pain but got there in the end. I think the length will only be an issue for on-street chargers, which seem to have parking spaces designed for cars no bigger than a Leaf.

@kevin will certainly do that, have zcw & openchargemap bookmarked already :)
 

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So I picked up my new P85 last night. Handover was brilliant, the delivery specialist really took his time to go through every feature of the car and make sure all my questions were answered.

Not much to say about the car that hasn't been said elsewhere. It is a long car, so much so that it sticks out of every parking space I have found so far. Seems pretty anonymous as well, which is a good thing I guess.

Driving is great, they have managed to engineer out the mass of the car very effectively. It's not exactly nimble but it is also not a barge. More GT than anything else.

Having to recalibrate my driving style. The lack of engine noise plus the seemingly limitless power on tap is a great feature but not so great when coming from a laggy diesel! In some ways, I think the S85 would make a better daily driver than the P.

It does feel like the future, right up until you try to use a public charger. Seems like a lot of faffing around with tapping the RFID card, wait, tap... Looking forward to the simplicity and speed of a supercharger :)

So, first impression: lives up to the hype
Congratulations on your new arrival !

Never mind the length, feel the width - its 14 inches wider than I'm used to and wont fit through one particular obstacle I have to negotiate regularly in Devon !
 

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@Jimbo lol! Sorry! I forgot about the RFID "dance" you have to do to get the type 2 flap to open.:rolleyes: I never use CM posts so completely forgot. :)
 
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