Charge Remaining After the Tesla Model S

Nikki and Mark were lucky enough to have a Model S on loan for three days last week. You can view their QuickCharge videos on the Model S which goes into their initial views of the Model S after having just got behind the wheel.

A full review of the car, known as a ChargedUp episode, is in the pipeline.

But what is it like going from a car like the Model S back to a car like the Nissan Leaf? This question led Mark and Nikki to record an impromptu video they’re calling Charge Remaining.

Obviously battery size is discussed – but not so much in the sense of how far it allows the car to travel. The larger battery size allows for more comfort and less thought. Putting on the heating doesn’t require a mental calculation about range reduction. Driving faster isn’t a balancing act between reaching your destination or not.

Other aspects discussed include the space above the head in the Leaf compared to the Model S, the lightness of the steering and how the Model S’s dash compares to that of the Leaf.

One point that both Nikki and Mark agree on when it comes to the Model S is how much it points to the future of electric cars. The Model E (Tesla’s ‘affordable’ car) and offerings from other manufacturers have to take what the Model S has shown them is possible and adapt that into a cheaper package.

Do you think the Model S points the way for future cars? Do you need the full range and power of the Model S? Are you a current EV driver just waiting for the Model E or are you quite happy staying with the brand you own? Let us know below:


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  • Dennis Pascual

    Great idea for a series. As more folks look to add their second EV or replace ones that are moving off their initial leases, it makes sense to cross-compare the vehicles to see what would be a better fit.nnnThis is the year that the 2011 Leaf and Volt lessees will be making that decision to keep their leased vehicles or swap out to a newer model.

  • Richard Glover

    I really enjoyed Charge Remaining.nnDo I think the Model S points the way for future cars? Yes. We cannot underestimate the importance of Tesla in creating aspirational vehicles, but it will be the likes of Nissan and Ford that will give us the u201caffordableu201d car.nnAs for range, well why not go by train?nnI liked your slipping back into comfortable shoes analogy. I often drive in my slippers if I donu2019t expect to get out of the car picking my wife up. Your video for me underlines that the Leaf is the benchmark ev and I hope Nissan really appreciate just how groundbreaking the car is.nnTwo years and 35k miles with my lovely blue Leaf and I have only just the other day stood by whilst another Leaf pulled away, so experienced what others have commented about my car. Itu2019s magic. I had stopped to rapid charge in Colchester, unplugged the white Leaf and plugged in mine. Had to leave the showroom as it was end of their day and waited by the cars. Two sales chaps came out and proceeded to get in the white Leaf and I said, u201cso youu2019re pinching that one?u201d No, it was his car. And that is great, win over the sales force and electric vehicles gain the respect they deserve. The Leaf anyway.

    • Mark Chatterley

      That’s awesome. A Leaf dealer who really understands the car. That’s what we need.