Teslas: The Way of the Future on Campus

2010 Tesla Roadster parking under Grey Wolf’s covered area – Owned by Chad Schwitters.

Your stomach drops, your heart skips a beat. Your body has swiftly sped up to 60 mph in about 2.6 seconds. This feeling is something that has been reserved for rollercoasters, not the everyday driver.

However, Tesla’s zero to sixty has broken this barrier, offering a 0-60 in 2.6 second enough to have multiple owners recall times when passengers got sick after feeling the g-forces.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, you might of been snuck up on by some oddly quiet cars driving through the courtyard outside of Grey Wolf hall, Tesla’s all electric vehicles.

Why so quiet? Well without a gasoline motor they are insanely quiet. And when accelerating they don’t have to shift gears so that 0-60 is not only scary fast, but smooth and silent.

Also, the lack of a standard internal combustion motor, allows under the hood to just be another storage space.

Their gas mileage, or MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) is also pretty sweet, according to Money Nation, “electric cars seem to cost the average American about $50 a month extra on the electric bill.”

Electric vehicles aren’t just limited to cars. Grey Wolf’s covered area also sported a Ford F1-50 converted to electric by Whidbey Island native John Lussmyer. Lussmyer says his truck contains “two and a half Nissan Leafs”. His truck, that has dump truck capabilities, also has a faster 0-60 than the diesel Ford F1-50, and took his $300 monthly gas bill down to $70.

Paul, another one of the volunteers that allowed students to view his Model S Tesla, and ENGR 111 students to feel the beasts power in ride-a-longs, says “it’s the best car ever made, and no stinky dinosaur juice.” It’s true, Tesla’s are 100% electric, and create no co2 emissions from the tail pipe.

These cars’ also come equipped with amazing technology.

This is because Tesla has an app that allows you to heat your car before leaving, change the music, and even (on private property) call your car to your door step.

Also, newer Tesla’s have an ‘auto pilot’. These weren’t shown off at EvCC main campus, but they are out there.

Now, these cars are probably out of the average college students budget for now, because of Tesla’s starting price is $80,000, according to Edmunds.com. That’s well over the cost of one year in school today.

If you want the chance to ride in these cars you can sign up for Engineering 111, an intro to Engineering class taught by Joe Graber.