Life with Tesla Model S: assessing my new 100D vs old 2013 electric car Page 3


2017 Tesla Model S 100D [photo: David Noland, owner]

2017 Tesla Model S 100D [photo: David Noland, owner]

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*Empty dashboard: With no Autopilot option, the screen behind the steering wheel of the 100D appears forlornly empty.

In place of the lovely blue speedometer arc and the orange/green power/regen meter arc of my old 85, there’s just a small rear-view picture of the car and a lot of black space. 

The power meter, which I found extremely informative, has been relegated to the tiny, barely readable window to the right side of the screen.

*It ain’t green:  Sadly, a couple of years ago Tesla discontinued the gorgeous dark green color option I’d chosen for my old 85.

For the 100D, I reluctantly chose “midnight silver”—really just a dark grey. It’s okay, I guess.

2017 Tesla Model S 100D [photo: David Noland, owner]

2017 Tesla Model S 100D [photo: David Noland, owner]

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Bottom line

My new 100D is a car I bought for the future as much as the present.

I may not fully appreciate it until 2020 or so, when, on my annual drive to California, I set out on a 250-mile autonomous leg in the snow. 

But in the meantime, while it doesn’t transport me into a new realm of driving euphoria just yet, the 100D is still clearly a better car than my old 85. 

Which makes it, even more certainly, the coolest freaking car in the world.

Again.

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