It’s been almost a full week since the official launch of Tesla’s Model S. So, is less than a week enough time for people to form an opinion? Yes, and first signs are extremely good and promising, if we are to judge things by the reaction of the people who have driven or taken a ride in the car.

It seems that the its main qualities are its very pokey yet extremely smooth motor (4.4 seconds to 100 km/h or 62 mph in the performance version), the very good handling (which is aided by the car’s very low center of gravity and very good weight distribution, as there is no big ‘lump’ weighing the front of the car down), the comfort, the exterior looks and interior design – in other words, they like the whole package.

They also like the philosophy and the story behind the Tesla brand, as well as the fact that apart from trying to make money, the California-based manufacturer also wants to make good (electric) cars – a rarity in our profit and oil-driven society.

We are genuinely pleased that the Model S turned out right, and we hope it brings Tesla in line with other, much larger manufacturers, so that they can build more of their excellent EVs, and hopefully, some cheaper ones too (which they are doing, according if CEO Elon Musk will have his way in the next few years).

By Andrei Nedelea