Tesla Electric Car In Tokyo From September 4
Then walked back towards Shibuya since the weather was ok, just a light drizzle, but after the heat we had (global warming/climate change/weird weather, anyone?) it is so nice to be able to spend some quality time outdoors again.
Then in Aoyama, I noticed a camera crew, and a small showroom, and a car.
Took some photos too. Yu Yamasaki, product specialist at Tesla, was more than helpful.
I don't own a car and don't intend to, and yet, if you really need mobility of this kind, the Tesla could very well be a good option. Rather this than some awful SUV. I don't think there is much of a future in private car ownership, but hey, I've been saying that for a long time.
I also think we must invest now and aim for better public transportation for all, and more car sharing, and less reliance on gasoline/diesel.
Yes, great that they don't have an internal combustion engine and no gasoline tank, but for the planet, this is not the solution.
The Tesla is cool though because it is slightly larger than the Toyota Prius or the Honda Insight. Of course there are also other Japanese hybrid models, like the Lexus, but the real contender in this market is Nissan's Leaf. I see more and more charging stations too around Japan, so that should not be a problem. I'm 180 cm tall and the Tesla S was not uncomfortable.
The Tesla that they have finally come up with could become a hit in Japan, because it has right hand steering, or 右ハンド。 You read that right. What Detroit would never do for Japan for the past 70 years, Tesla has understood is a major factor.
Batteries by Panasonic.
It could also work well in the UK, as this video shows: