I know many people, most of whom are into what everyone else is, sports, stock market, horse racing (really?), and who has the bigger house. It seems that keeping up with each other is the thing to do, so why would owning a Tesla be any different?
I have taken the time to meet with dozens of Tesla owners and read about them each time I have come up with the same conclusion. Owning a Tesla changes the owner. How, you ask? In the same way that cars have been changing people for over 120 years.
How Does A Tesla Change The Owner?
The more I meet and read about Tesla owners, I have gained one common thread from all of them. They were not 'Car people" before owning a Tesla.
A car person should be an enthusiast and have a love for all types of automobiles and the technology behind them. Every single Tesla owner I know has some sort of obsession with their car. Two people close to me bought theirs on a whim and now have a passion for them.
It is interesting to me that non-car people all of a sudden become "fanatics" seemingly overnight after owning a Tesla. Why does this happen? My theory Tesla did something that other carmakers needed to do decades ago but failed. Build a better electric car that is fast, tech-filled, and relentlessly beautiful.
There is nothing wrong with becoming interested in cars. I find it fascinating that people who previously were involved with tech, sport, or anything but cars now own and have a slight obsession with their Tesla?
I think Tesla hits a niche for people that no other carmaker ever has, and as a result, we are seeing more people become involved with their EVs.
What do you think? Are non-car people turned Tesla owners considered 'a car person'? Drop me a line, and we can discuss.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporter.