Want a private tour of the Tesla Model S? Try being California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who is also the host of The Gavin Newsom Show.

All that Current TV is releasing so far is a brief clip of Newsom talking with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, mostly getting a tour of the car's huge touchscreen. What's perhaps most enlightening about this video (available below) is that this is intended for a broad audience, and so we can sort of make assumptions about how the Model S is going to infiltrate the broader culture. The touch screen is "like an iPad" and charging is "no big deal" because of the big lithium-ion battery pack and the ability to charge at home. When you're out and about (and Tesla actually builds some), you can charge the pack in an hour with at SuperCharger Musk makes it all sound so easy. Thus, like the Roadster (and the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt and others) before it, the Model S will help shift public opinion on electric vehicles. As we've seen, all the early reviews make it sound like a spectacular hit; we'll see if this trend continues.

Newsom will broadcast a full interview with Musk, Peter Diamandis (who was behind the Automotive X Prize) and journalist Paul Ingrassia Friday night at 11 p.m. Eastern on Current. We're guessing they'll talk cars, space ships and more.



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      Alexi
      • 2 Years Ago
      hahah... superchargers... totally different on an EV
      Timo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do I get vibes from this post that writer wants the Model S fail. Maybe S.B. is HFCV enthusiast?
      Bobby Jones
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, but can't recharge the Model S in one hour . Musk lied about that one. How about someone asking a pertinent question : like how much does that 300 mile battery pack cost and how long will it last. What's the warranty on that baby?
        JakeY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby Jones
        Musk never claimed it was recharge-able in an hour, just that half the range is recharge-able in 30 minutes (there's a difference that the article writer missed). All the stuff you ask about price and warranty is on their website: http://www.teslamotors.com/models/options There's lots more stuff that Tesla hasn't unveiled that are worthy of asking: like how they plan to roll out superchargers, what kind of apps they see being used on the car, etc.
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby Jones
        8-years/100,000 miles
          Timo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David
          Actually 8 years and unlimited miles. For 40kWh it is 8 years and 100000 miles.
        Exooc news
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby Jones
        he was talking about supercharging... check their website for more info...
        Timo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby Jones
        Yes you can with their own charger. Musk doesn't lie, for this kind of things lying would be catastrophic for the company. He's not that stupid. 85kWh 300 mile battery costs $20k more than 40kWh 160 mile battery. Do the calc yourself. Warranty is listed in their website, as is the different options including access to supercharger. Go read yourself.
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gavin Newsome is a slick huckster. And desperately trying to wiggle his way into the Governors seat. Running for governor is all he's done since elected to the symbolic Lt Gov office.
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        @Tweaker There seems to be a sudden outbreak of trolls! In California, the Lt. Governor is not just symbolic (of what? I think you mean ceremonial) . The Lt Gov serves as acting governor in the absence of the Governor. Is President of the California State Senate, and appoints representatives to regulatory commissions and executive agencies. In California the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately, and can be from separate parties. California has had a governor and a lieutenant governor of different parties 26 of the past 31 years. As it is, the Lt. Gov is fulfilling one of his duties, promoting Californian Industry and employment !
      Anne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did you see that energy screen at the 0:53 mark. I showed an average consumption of 460 Wh per mile. That works out to a range of 185 miles. Assuming Elon Musk is a 'sprited driver', enjoying his new toy, that is not bad. Adding that these figures probably include the test drives (never heard of a CEO lending his private car to customers for a test drive!), it really doesn't disappoint.
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anne
        Hmmm, but they are sitting in a white car, wasn't Musk's car black?
        samcrut
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anne
        I wager that he can just walk up and grab a new one if someone spills a drink in it during a test drive.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Video is just a teaser, don't bother.
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