Like any proud parent, the day you take settle in with your new Model S certainly won’t be the first time you’ve given thought to how your life will change now that you’re the responsible new owner of one of today’s most marvelous new cars. Yes, Tesla’s own delivery team will help you finalize your paperwork and give you some pointers and tips, but the real preparation starts some time before that happy day.
To further assist in your successful transition, there are two new sources of material to guide you along this path.
First, Teslarati has compiled a webpage detailing the main points of consideration that go beyond the obvious things that typically come to mind. They make a compelling case for thorough research on home charging options including making the investment in a dedicated 220v NEMA 14-50 outlet to prevent the frustrations associated with charging your new ride from the standard, ubiquitous 110v outlet. Planning on where to install the charging station in your garage is also addressed and takes into consideration how you may typically park and even the alignment of your garage door(s) based upon exposure to the elements. Less obvious tips include the recommendation to acquire all weather floor mats – let’s keep it clean people! – and the sensible suggestion to prepare your music library by loading up a USB drive. A few final thoughts touch on how to deal with your new key fob and note the irony of Tesla gifting two spiffy looking official key chains with each Model S that can’t be used with the key fob to the car itself.
If you’re ready to take a deeper dive into the better understanding your Model S, a new book by Nick Howe, Owning Model S, available for pre-order now and May delivery, appears to be a well conceived and researched book sure to satisfy your curiosity. The author has based his material on both the real world experiences of hundreds of owners and personal ownership. This book should appeal to both potential buyers and present owners. A sample of chapter headings cover topics such as: The Car and Its Revolutionary Tech; Configuring and Ordering, a guide to selecting the right options; Planning Your Personal Charging Infrastructure; Interacting With the Model S Displays, to help interface with the technology and offer some tips to deal with known quirks; Customizing and Accessorizing, which covers a wide range of topics from how to install a car seat or a bike rack to the best way to mount a radar detector or toll tag. A sample chapter is available now from the website and there are plans to offer an e-book option some time later in May.