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Tesla has very quickly become one of the biggest brands in the world, thanks to their incredible cars which are helping shape the future of electric vehicles. The company was founded in 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, and is based in California, with dealerships all around the world. Elon Musk, who has been CEO at the company since 2008, has been responsible for drumming up a lot of publicity about the company which has not only boosted its reputation but helped bring more investment, excitement and customers to the business too. Much like Volvo did with the seatbelt, Tesla has made huge contributions to the car industry, releasing their patents in 2014 for anyone to use, stating that they made the move to help speed up the production of electric vehicles. This will no doubt help the future production of EVs and help the market achieve a greener future, far sooner.

With incredible engineers at their helm and extensive research into lithium-ion batteries, Tesla has been able to create super-efficient batteries which are capable of powering their vehicles for hundreds of miles. Their investment in technology led them to produce the Tesla Roadster, a hugely popular electric car that could travel 244 miles on a single charge. The Tesla Roadster was discontinued in 2012 but this proved only the beginning of Tesla's EV range as they're currently making the Model S, Model 3, Model X and the Model Y - all of which are seeing great success. 

Upfront costs can form barriers between you and your dream car, meaning that trying to buy a Tesla outright may not be feasible. You may have also encountered issues with finding the Tesla you want or with what seems expensive monthly rentals. Here at Vavoom, we will work with you to help you understand that it isn’t just about the monthly rental, but the other costs that need to be taken into consideration too, such as fuel and maintenance. Our market-leading software will allow us to have a more consultative conversation with you around the true cost of owning your desired vehicle, which takes into account all of the costs for running it - the true cost. We supply Teslas to customers nationwide, from our local areas of Cheshire, Manchester and Stockport, to other cities including, London, Southampton and Leeds.

At Vavoom, we can provide you with top Tesla models at competitive prices. We also understand the realities of having an electric vehicle and the difficulties that charging your EV may pose. That’s why we can also provide you with a home charging station to take the hassle out of using an in-house plug socket. By choosing us to lease your Tesla, we can make sure you cover all bases and have everything you need to drive an EV.

Tesla Model S (500) - Powerful & Efficient

The Tesla Model S is a 5-door liftback sedan that is capable of travelling an estimated 390 miles on one charge. This model entered production in 2012 and has since been upgraded to include cutting edge features such as ‘Autopilot’, which allows the vehicle to drive without the driver needing to be in control. Tesla continued to build upon these incredible features, introducing the ’Enhanced Summon’ option in 2016, which allows the vehicle to navigate a car park to reach its owner without anyone inside. Slightly more low-key - but still an important and useful safety feature - is ‘Sentry Mode’, which allows the Model S to record suspicious activity taking place around the vehicle.

Due to its range, which is longer than any other electric road car to date, the Tesla Model S became one of the most popular cars upon release, topping the monthly new car sales in multiple countries. Not only does the car sport an impressive spec, but it also features a stunning luxury interior with a built-in tablet and minimalistic steering wheel. The 17" cinematic display has a resolution of 2200x1300, which produces incredibly crisp and vibrant colours, making it perfect for watching movies when parked or keeping the kids quiet on a long journey. The screen also acts as the central hub for the vehicle, displaying important data, such as the car's position on the road, the surrounding traffic, lane markings, and speed.

The simple steering wheel reduces the number of controls required to help the driver focus on the road and spend less time adjusting settings. There is also discreet ventilation built into the vehicle which can filter the air, to keep the driver and passengers feeling refreshed on long journeys. The Model S has also been designed to provide more space and comfort for up to 3 passengers seated on the back row. When only two seats are needed, the middle one can be transformed into an armrest featuring cup holders, integrated storage and charging capacity for devices. 

This model also boasts incomparable performance with the fastest acceleration of any other EV currently in production. The advanced battery technology delivers a more efficient performance and improved charging ability. The new module and pack thermal architecture has been introduced as a result of modern engineering to explore ways in which they can get the most out of EV technology. The separate drive platforms - ‘Long Range’ and ‘Plaid’ - each deliver different levels of power depending on the results you're looking for. The Long Range platform is a dual-motor all-wheel drive and has been designed to deliver the longest range the car can offer, while the Plaid is a tri-motor all-wheel-drive platform that delivers maximum power output to help the driver navigate tricky terrain. 

Top Spec:

Range: 390 Miles

Acceleration: 0-60mph = 1.99s

Top Speed: 200mph

Peak Power: 1,020hp

Weight: 2,162 kg

Cargo: 793 litres

At Vavoom, we’re able to help you find the perfect Model S to suit you and through our website, you’re able to choose a plan which suits you. You can select the length of your initial rental period and your contract length. We can also provide support throughout the process and our experts are always on hand to help you.

Tesla Model 3 (500) - High-performance & Enhanced Safety

The Tesla Model 3 is a fully electric, 4-door fastback sedan that can travel up to 360 miles on a single charge. The enhanced handling ability and exceptional performance of this model allows it to achieve a top speed of 162mph. It's also capable of achieving the fastest acceleration of any EV to date, reaching 0-60mp in just 3.1 seconds. To accommodate these faster speeds, a carbon fibre spoiler has been built in to improve stability and aerodynamics. High-performance brakes and lower suspensions help improve control of the vehicle in harsh weather conditions too.

This model values driver/passenger safety above all else, as proven by its frame - which is a combination of aluminium and steel, to withstand intense impacts. Rigorous testing has ensured the frame holds up in a practical setting, with the Model 3 capable of withstanding four times its own weight. The rigid structure helps protect the driver and passengers with impact-absorbing rails surrounding the vehicle. Pillar reinforcements and structure enhancements ensure rider safety from impacts at any angle. The battery pack, which allows the car to run emission-free, also acts as a weight to greatly reduce the chance of the vehicle rolling over. Multiple tests have been conducted to ensure the vehicle’s safety to both those inside and outside of the vehicle, with the Model 3 receiving a Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating.

Featuring 2 independent motors, the Model 3 can digitally control torque to both the front and rear wheels for improved handling in all weather conditions. This incredible technology can adapt to changes in conditions in 10 milliseconds, making driving much smoother, wind, rain or shine. The 360-mile range streamlines road trips and with the ability to charge up to 172 miles in just 15 minutes, you'll have very little time off the road. Tesla has also strategically placed over 20,000 Superchargers along well-travelled roads around the world so you never have to worry about running out of charge on long road trips - the built-in navigation will help you find these points easily.

In addition to the sturdy, anti-roll frame, the Model 3 also incorporates autopilot safety to protect you whilst driving on busy roads. Built-in cameras provide a 360-degree view around the car, making it easy to detect if other vehicles are close by. Coupled with the forward-facing radar which can detect vehicles up to 160m away, you never have to worry about being in potentially dangerous proximity to other vehicles. The 12 Ultrasonic sensors on the vehicle not only help whilst driving, but also assist with parking, making even the tightest spaces more accessible.

The interior has been designed to provide the driver with everything they need within arms reach, reducing the amount of time spent looking away from the road. The Model 3's technology can be easily integrated into your life by using your smartphone as a key to the car. The central screen also provides all of the controls needed to operate the vehicle. A glass roof has also been integrated to provide a much more spacious and open feel to the vehicle, with the glass providing more headroom and protection from UV rays.

Top Spec:

Range: 360 Miles

Acceleration: 0-60mph = 3.1s

Top Speed: 162mph

Peak Power: 1,020hp

Weight: 1,844 kg

Cargo: 542 litres

We can help you find the perfect Tesla Model 3 on a leasing deal that suits you. On our website, we showcase the latest deals we have to offer, giving you options to choose from, ensuring you’re able to get a deal that you’re happy with. We can also provide support through the process, answering any questions you have about the vehicle or the lease.

Tesla Model X (500) - Luxurious & Capable

The Tesla Model X is a mid-size crossover SUV, complete with falcon-wing doors for access. This model is also capable of travelling 360 miles on one charge and is able to reach 60mph in 2.5s. The Model X began production in 2015 and was well-received, coming fifth in the list of the UK’s best-selling plug-in cars the following year. Part of its huge popularity is likely due to the fact that it became the only SUV to ever receive a 5-star safety rating in every category from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicle also features a panoramic windscreen to provide more visibility to the driver whilst out on the road. The falcon-wing doors also provide more space for passengers in the backseats, perfect for those with limited mobility.

The interior of the Model X offers a lot of the same benefits as the Model S, such as the stunning 17" display, minimalistic steering wheel with limited controls and built-in ventilation. The main difference, however, is the backseats, which can comfortably seat 3 people, and don't allow the central seat to fold down into an armrest. Additional seats in the rear of the vehicle mean that the Model X can seat up to 7 people, allowing you to take everyone you love on a journey of their lifetime. The centre console even features a screen so passengers on the backsets can play games and watch movies whilst on the move. The 22-speaker surround sound system provides the best listening experience for every passenger with active noise-cancelling to reduce noise from the road.

Another feature that the Model S and Model X have in common is the Plaid and Long Range powertrains which are able to deliver maximum power instantly at every speed. The Long Range platform utilises a dual motor to deliver incredible acceleration over longer distances. The Plaid platform uses a tri-motor system that features three separate drive units, each with a carbon fibre-sleeved rotor that can deliver full power output all the way to the top speed to help navigate tricky terrains. The battery technology also provides improved efficiency in terms of miles per charge and is designed for faster charging.

The Model X is arguably the best suited to family road trips with the most storage and towing ability than any other electric vehicles on the market such as Polestar. The front driver and passenger doors open normally for standard access whilst the two rear doors open vertically in the dynamic falcon-wing style to provide easier access and more space for loading the vehicle. The car also features a trailer hitch on the rear bumper to easily hook it up to additional storage options and take it with you on your journey. The streamlined design of the vehicle reduces drag which makes travelling long distances extremely efficient, even with all of your luggage on board. A refined exterior and modern technology wheels provide additional comfort and better handling on even the most challenging of roads.

Top Spec:

Range: 340 Miles

Acceleration: 0-60mph = 2.5s

Top Speed: 163mph

Peak Power: 1,020hp

Weight: 2,455 kg

Towing: 2,268 kg

On our website, you’ll find the best deals we have to offer on Tesla Model X leases. Explore the deals we have available to find one which is right for you. Once you’ve found a deal that you like, you can tailor the specific terms to your needs, including the length of the contract and the initial lease period. If you need any help when choosing your Tesla Model X or with the lease deal, please get in touch with us and we’ll help in any way we can.

Why choose a Tesla?

It's no secret that EVs are the future, and with the sale of all petrol/diesel vehicles to be outlawed in the UK by 2030, now is the perfect time to go electric. The negative impact of the car industry on our environment has only increased, with 2019 being the third year in a row that CO2 emissions had increased. This is why it's important to choose electric vehicles to help contribute towards a greener future. With Tesla, you can do just that and take comfort in knowing that you're driving a high-quality car laden with modern technology.

Tesla, as a company, has made it their mission to create a range of vehicles that are fully sustainable and have zero impact on the environment. With the Model S, they came a step closer, creating a car that is proudly the world's first zero-emission, zero-gas and full-size electric vehicle available on the market. If everybody drove one of these vehicles or another zero-emission car, the impact of carbon emissions on the environment would be dramatically reduced. At Vavoom, we're fully on board with this vision and urge our customers to consider the environment and how they can do their part before choosing their next vehicle, a decision that we can support you on by giving you all the tools needed to decide.

There are also incentives provided by the government for those who own EVs which produce less than 50g/km of CO2 emissions. These incentives include the ability to deduct the full cost from your pre-tax profits with electric cars. This can save you a considerable amount of money in your first year, on top of savings made on petrol/diesel costs. Electric vehicles can be up to 70% cheaper to service and maintain, the government estimates. Part of what makes EVs so much cheaper to run is that they feature fewer moving parts and components which would otherwise wear over time. 

Tesla is constantly researching and experimenting with new ways to improve their vehicles - regularly upgrading each model. Tesla models can also upgrade their own software, with regular updates received wirelessly that add new features and enhance existing functionality. This means that your Tesla is always going to be operating with the latest software available, taking the need to manually update software away from the owner. When a new update is available, a prompt will appear on the touchscreen giving the option to download instantly or schedule for later. You’re always in control. 

The battery technology included in each vehicle is also continually being improved and accommodated, with over 25,000 Supercharging points now available around the world. Tesla owners can benefit from super-fast charging technology (model dependant) and enjoy efficient use of each charge to travel longer distances than previous electric vehicles. At Vavoom, we understand the real-world issues with travelling long distances and needing to charge your vehicles, along with the difficulties of charging your EV at home, which is why we want to help you secure a home charging point when you lease a Tesla from us.

Tesla Technology - Lithium-Ion Batteries & Smart Features

One of the reasons Tesla has become such a popular company and earned a stellar reputation is due to its incredible and ground-breaking technology. As in-house producers of batteries, motors and software, Tesla can push the boundaries of the technology we're familiar with and produce components specific to their models. This allows them to create electric vehicles which boast a more impressive spec than any other EVs on the market - as proven by the Tesla Model 3, which is currently the longest range all-electric car on the market

Tesla's incredible engineers sought out to design lithium-ion batteries that were more efficient than any others that had been used in electric vehicles. They redesigned batteries containing thousands of small, cylindrical lithium-ion commodity cells meaning that they became cheaper to manufacture and were much lighter - making them suitable for use in a vehicle. Original Tesla designs led to the batteries being placed at the base of the car's chassis, to free up storage space in the boot. The position of the battery did lead to certain health and safety risks, which led Tesla to improve the design by introducing a multi-part aluminium and titanium protection system to minimise damage. 

In 2016, the company announced that it had established a 5-year lithium-ion battery research and development partnership at Dalhousie University. After four years of research, Tesla announced a new generation of batteries in 2020, showcasing a new and improved design that will increase vehicle range whilst simultaneously reducing the cost. At the time of their introduction, the batteries were said to be 54% cheaper, whilst increasing the range of the vehicle by 54%. Further research into streamlining the production of this battery and how to better integrate it into the vehicle, led to lower costs of Tesla vehicles too.

Tesla also produces electric-motor engines, such as the three-phase four-pole AC induction motor and the permanent magnet motor. The latter was used in the Model S and Model X and was designed to increase efficiency whilst out on the road, as well as producing higher levels of power. Whilst still efficient, the permanent magnet motor has proven more efficient than the three-phase four-pole AC induction motor.

Autopilot System - Autonomous Driving & Self-parking

Tesla has gained a reputation for designing and producing electric cars which not only look the part but include exceptional, modern technology too. The ‘Autopilot’ system is the perfect example of that, improving the safety of people both inside and outside of the vehicle. Originally included in Tesla cars in 2014, the system has since been upgraded and can now identify stop signs to automatically stop the vehicle. It can also identify traffic lights and bring the car to a slow stop, and the driver must indicate it is safe to pass through the traffic lights to proceed.

Autopilot makes driving more convenient and less stressful, improving your safety whilst out on the roads - even during momentary lapses of concentration. The enhanced functionality brought to the vehicle by the ’Autopilot’ system allows it to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within, whilst staying within your lane. The system has been designed to assist the driver, rather than take their place, so driver supervision is required to control the vehicle.

Whilst the driver is in control, the ‘Autopilot’ is able to make suggestions as to when to change lanes to prevent you from getting stuck behind slower-moving vehicles, to make your journey smoother and quicker. The system works in tandem with your navigation and is able to steer the vehicle towards exits and turns on the road to ensure you don't miss them. These features can help improve your safety whilst on the road, preventing collisions from moving into busy lanes or last-minute adjustments to turn off at your exit.

With built-in sensors and cameras, the system is able to utilise these to help make tricky navigations far easier. As a Tesla driver, you don't have to worry about gauging whether you'll fit through tight spaces or how it will handle narrow roads - the system will assist you in each of these scenarios. Using the same cameras and sensors, Teslas are able to make their way to you via the 'summon' feature. The vehicle is able to navigate car parks and other complex routes to meet you. This feature is ideal if you're parked in a tight spot and either can't access your car or would have trouble getting out of your parking space.

The capability of the built-in ‘Autopilot’ feature is truly astounding, as it even includes the ability to drive you to your destination. As long as you remain in the driver’s seat on standby to take the wheel if needed, your Tesla is capable of driving both long and short distance trips without driver input. Once you enter the vehicle, you can input a destination for your car to travel to or, if you don't suggest a destination, the system is able to check your calendar and will take you to the destination bookmarked for that day. The advanced navigation system is able to automatically drive adhering to all of the rules of the road including traffic lights, stop signs, pedestrian crossings and even specific lanes for motorway driving.

Once your car has driven you to your destination, you don’t even need to park it yourself. Simply get out of the vehicle and the Tesla will use its park seek mode to find a free parking space - parking itself. Don't worry about knowing where your Tesla has parked itself either, as the car will find you when you need it. Activate the summon mode and your Tesla will leave whichever parking spot it has chosen and meet you at the point that you summoned it from.

Tesla's safety features protect both those outside the vehicle when on autopilot, and passengers inside when the vehicle is being driven. The automatic emergency braking feature is able to detect objects that the car could potentially collide with and slightly apply the brakes to prevent impact. The front and side collision warnings are also able to alert the driver as to which direction a collision may occur from, using the built-in sensors. The auto-adjust beams can switch between high and low beams, which can prevent other drivers from being affected by your full beam when in close proximity.

Tesla Fleet Capability

Due to their efficiency and advanced technology Teslas are some of the best cars to use in a business fleet, in terms of keeping costs low and tracking performance. As Teslas are fully electric, you're able to have a completely emission-free fleet, which is a great achievement as a business. There are also tax incentives for Tesla owners which help keep costs of running an entire fleet low and make it easier to grow your fleet without massive overheads.

Tesla also has one of the world's largest charging networks with over 25,000 Superchargers at more than 2,500 different locations. This means that whilst your employees are out on the road, there are plenty of options should they need to charge their vehicle. The speed at which the Superchargers are able to replenish your vehicle also helps reduce downtime, meaning you can be ready to hit the road again in the time it'll take you to enjoy a coffee. At Vavoom, we can also assist you with implementing charging stations at your workplace so when your fleet isn't in use they're fully charged for when you need them.

The impeccable build quality of the Teslas can give you comfort as a business owner to know that you can put your employees in, what the company believes, are the safest vehicles in the world. The position of the battery pack provides a very low centre of gravity for the vehicle to lower the chances of a rollover. The rigid structure also protects the driver and passengers if a collision is to occur - of which the driver will be warned about before impact. Through extensive data collection, Tesla is able to release regular safety reports which give updates on how many accidents there were per driver and whether or not the ‘Autopilot’ feature was used.

The remote diagnostics and over the air software updates reduce the number of visits each vehicle will need to make to service centres, which, as a result, increases the amount of time your fleet will spend on the road. As Teslas are all-electric, there is no requirement for the same amount of checkups as petrol and diesel cars as they require no oil changes (in a conventional way), no fuel filters, or spark plug replacements. The automatic software updates mean that your fleet will be constantly improving, adding new features and enhancing functionality as well as performance.

The history of Tesla

Although Elon Musk has become the face of Tesla, and is directly associated with the company, Tesla was founded before his arrival. The company was, in fact, founded back in 2003, by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. The company was established with the aim of being both a car manufacturer and a technology company, with a core focus on battery technology. Musk became involved a year after the company was founded, making an investment of $6.5M which he followed up by joining the company and becoming the chairman of the board of directors.

American businessman, J. B. Straubel, joined Tesla in 2004, settling a lawsuit that named Eberhard, Tarpenning, Ian Wright, Musk and Straubel as co-founders. Their first production vehicle would become the Tesla Roadster, which Elon took an active role in overseeing at the design stage. The Roadstar marked the start of the company’s strategy, which began by creating sports vehicles, and would then evolve into creating affordable electric vehicles for the everyday consumer. The approach would allow the company to develop effective electric vehicle technology and test it at a high level, before integrating it into mainstream vehicles which needed to be seen as reliable.

Prototypes of the first Tesla Roadster were revealed in 2006 at an exclusive event. Around a year later, Martin Eberhard stepped down from his role as CEO, which would pave the way for Elon Musk to ultimately take on the role. However, before Musk took up the title, Michael Marks was hired as an interim CEO who was then succeeded by Ze'ev Drori. Co-founder Marc Tarpenning also left the company in 2008, completing the handover from the original members to modern management. Musk’s presence at the company helped with publicity, with the company he founded, The Boring Company, regularly making headlines due to their endeavours digging tunnels to create a Hyperloop transport system and a flamethrower.

2008 also marked the production of the Tesla Roadster, after receiving a positive response from the unveiling event. Around half a year later, the United States Department of Energy loaned Tesla $465 million, which allowed them to kickstart production on the Tesla Model S. The factory used to produce the Model S was bought by Tesla in 2010, leading to production being ended on the Roadster in 2012, to make way for the luxury Model S. The succeeding model proved a huge hit too, being awarded 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year and 2013 "World Green Car". It then went on to become the top-selling plug-in electric car worldwide in both 2015 and 2016.

The Tesla Model 3, however, which entered production in 2017, surpassed the Model S in stunning fashion, as it became the best selling electric car in history as of 2020. This was game-changing for Tesla and was a huge step in them becoming known as the leading name in electric car technology. It was also around this time that the company invested in lithium-ion battery research, entering into a 5-year partnership with Dalhousie University. 3 years later, in 2019, Tesla also completed the acquisition of two battery companies, Hibar Systems and Maxwell Technologies.

Following the Model 3, was the Model X and the Model Y, which are both larger than previous models. The Model Y can seat up to seven people thanks to its three rows of seats. Tesla also announced that there would be a second generation of their Roadster with deliveries set to take place in 2022. After this, Tesla began to expand their product beyond just road cars, revealing the Semi, an electric class 8 truck. The Semi is designed to be extremely safe whilst out on the roads with hardware sensors that enable the truck to stay in its own lane. It can also offer an incredible 400 miles of travelling on just 30 minutes of charge, which is especially impressive considering the size of the vehicle.

Following the semi and arguably more striking, was the Cybertruck, which was revealed in 2019. The vehicle surprised many with its retro-futuristic design and ‘boxy’ frame. The appearance of the vehicle became a huge talking point, with on-stage antics involving the truck’s window also becoming a huge headline. Whilst showcasing the Cybertruck to a live audience, a steel ball was thrown at the window in order to show how difficult it was to damage the truck, but in a surprising turn of events, the window cracked. It was later revealed by Musk that tests carried out before the show had weakened the structure of the window, which was what allowed the glass to become cracked in the demonstration. 

Despite this, the Cybertruck still received around 650,000 preorders. For buyers, there was also the option to buy the Tesla Cyberquad, as an accessory to the Cybertruck. The quad is labelled as an accessory to the Cybertruck due to its ability to be loaded onto the rear of the truck. A ramp is lowered which allows the quad to be driven onto the back of the truck and safely transported around. The Cyberquad is supposedly able to seat two people but no further details about the vehicle have been revealed at the time of writing.

The company has always been very modern in its approach to business, from emission-free cars to its most recent endeavour into Bitcoin. Not only did the company make a substantial investment into cryptocurrency, worth £1.5 billion, they also announced that they would accept Bitcoin as a form of payment in the US. This quickly changed, however, as Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla would no longer accept Bitcoin. Another indication of the influence both Elon Musk and Tesla have on not only the car industry, but the media too was that Bitcoin’s value fell by 12%, as a result of the tweet. 

Regardless of the company’s decisions on currency, one thing that will continue is its development of solar energy systems. Tesla Energy, which is a subsidiary of Tesla, was formed in 2016 after Tesla merged with SolarCity. The company is responsible for creating, selling and installing solar energy products, such as the Tesla Powerwall, which is an energy storage unit for homes. The Megapack and Powerpack are also products created by the company and have been designed as large-scale energy storage systems.

The Tesla name

Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American inventor who patented the rotating magnetic field, became the inspiration for the name of the company. As Tesla was founded with the intention to work with electric vehicles and batteries, it’s extremely fitting that it was named after one of history’s most famous names and one who has a direct link with the company. Nikola Tesla’s work was ground-breaking and has laid the foundations for a lot of the electrical equipment we use today, including machines that use alternating currents.

His work with induction coils and transformers were also revolutionary, with the former being widely used in radio technology. An induction coil features a central cylindrical core of soft iron, with two insulated coils wound around it. An interrupter can make and break the coil when needed. Nikola Tesla’s life was incredible, creating a series of inventions after being formerly employed by Thomas Edison, who is widely known as ‘the father of the light bulb’. 

It was the company’s founder, Martin Eberhard, who decided on the name to honour Nikola Tesla. As he was the man who invented the AC electric motor, which is used in Tesla vehicles, it only seemed fitting. The company has now posthumously raised the profile of the once great inventor, as his legacy lives on in the form of the Tesla company, which uses his great inventions to help create a more sustainable future. 

The benefits of Tesla vehicles

Due to the large amounts of publicity surrounding the Tesla company and the fact that their CEO, Elon Musk, has become a celebrity, it’s often overlooked that Tesla electric cars provide some incredible benefits. From their build quality and safety features to their emission-free operation, Tesla represents the future of the automotive industry. Tesla’s vision as a company means that production is constantly pressing ahead and there are likely new models in the works which offer a whole range of brand new features.

While there may be some who buy a Tesla purely to be involved in the hype surrounding the brand name, there are also those who choose Teslas for their modern technology. As all of Tesla’s models are all-electric, there are no emissions produced by the vehicles, cutting down on large amounts of pollution. This is a huge step in the right direction as even hybrid vehicles, which run on both petrol/diesel and electricity, produce emissions due to their combustion engines. Of course, this is a lot less than non-hybrid vehicles but it’s only all-electric vehicles that are truly emission-free.

Beyond their emissions benefits, there are other benefits that are simply offered by the build quality of the vehicles. For example, the Model Y, which features three rows of seats. This means it can seat up to seven people, which is great for large families or for transporting guests. When this is coupled with the fact that it runs on electricity, transport becomes much cheaper as the weight of seven people in a combustion engine vehicle would likely cost even more in fuel. However, with electric charging, running costs are much lower, making a Tesla a much more financially viable option for everyday families. 

Safety features are also a fantastic benefit of Tesla’s, with the Model 3 receiving the highest safety honour from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also has an extremely low chance of rolling over after impact from any angle, in addition to its solid frame which is designed to remain intact if a collision occurs. The Model 3 also has the lowest probability of injury of any of the vehicles ever tested. Coupled with sensors on the car which can detect the surroundings of the vehicles, Teslas have become an extremely popular choice for those who put safety first.

There are also a growing number of Tesla Supercharger stations, which allow Tesla drivers to charge their vehicles whilst on long journeys. Using DC charging, the charging points are able to provide a boost of power, which can charge the vehicle up to 80% in less than an hour. This also works out cheaper than fuelling up and with charging times shorter than an hour, there are clear benefits.

Teslas also deliver an exceptional driving experience, not just because there is no engine noise to contend with but also due to the handling in all weather conditions. The Model 3 provides all-wheel-drive which helps control torque, giving the driver more control over the vehicle, which is essential in wet and windy weather. The dual-motor can digitally control the torque, adjusting within ten milliseconds in order to respond to any changes in weather conditions.

Another huge benefit of Teslas is their seamless integration into your daily life and how their automating features can make life so much easier. Not too long ago, the concept of getting into your car and having it drive you to your destination would have been a concept in a sci-fi movie or a mere dream, but today, it’s a reality. Through innovative technology and smart features, it is now possible for Tesla vehicles to simply check your calendar, find out if you have an appointment at a specific destination and take you to the marked location.

Similarly, some Tesla vehicles are able to drive themselves without a passenger, meeting the driver at a neutral point. If you’ve been shopping and have a large number of bags, or if you’re elderly and can’t walk long distances, having your car meet you is an incredible benefit. This also reduces your chances of losing your vehicle in a car park or spending ages looking for it. This ‘summon’ feature can be activated using your smartphone, which, just like the vehicle's ability to read your calendar, is another great example of how the car can be integrated into your life.

Which is the best Tesla model?

Picking the best model from Tesla’s outstanding range would be simply impossible. Each model has been designed to cater to different types of customers and each features its own benefits. For example, the Model Y which is designed for families, has the ability to seat seven passengers, whereas the Model S is a much sleeker design that can only seat 5. For reasons such as these, you simply could not compare them directly, but you can, however, look at the best features offered from each vehicle.

One of the great features which is prevalent in every model is the incredible entertainment system. This includes the internal screen and surround sound system which can make playing games or watching movies feel like a truly cinematic experience. The screen allows you to play some of today’s biggest gaming titles and will allow you to utilise 10 teraflops of processing power, putting it on a bar with popular consoles. You can attach a wireless controller to play on the screen no matter where you are sitting in the vehicle. This option can be great for family road trips, allowing everyone to play together on the central screen. Whether it’s a long journey or a family trip away, once you’re parked up, it’s game time.

The high-quality screen also allows you to watch movies, which is great if you’ve stopped for rest whilst on a solo road trip or need something to keep the kids occupied whilst on the road. Coupled with the surround sound system, this can make for a brilliant and fully immersive experience. Not every vehicle comes with a crystal-clear screen for movies and games but with a Tesla, you know that you can expect the best every time.

Each model has also been designed to provide a smooth driving experience with great handling, to ensure long journeys are as easy as possible. No matter which model you choose, you can rest assured that they’re each built to the same high standards that Tesla has set and will include what have become staple features such as automation. Each Tesla is based on a similar design with a streamlined look and the now-classic smoothed over grill. Besides Tesla’s other vehicles such as the Cybertruck and Semi, the Roadster is the one which looks the most unique, with a much more sporty appearance rather than a standard road car.

The lifespan of Tesla vehicles

Tesla vehicles have been designed to be as sustainable as possible and that includes both the way they’re run (and impact on the environment) and the length of time they will actually last for. As better battery technology is being created, the company can lay out plans for new models which offer even better sustainability and last longer. The lithium-ion batteries which are used unfortunately don’t last forever and will degrade over time. Supposedly, Tesla’s only lose 1% of their performance level each year, meaning that for 10 long years of use, it’s possible that the performance of a Tesla could only have dipped by about 10%. Of course, this is dependent on how the driver cares for the vehicle, but as a rough estimate, that’s pretty good.

Tesla is confident in their production quality and has a lot of faith in their batteries, which they’ve proven by offering an 8 year or 150,000-mile warranty. Musk himself stated that the Model 3 batteries were designed to last between 300,000 and 500,000 kilometres. In a real-world scenario on that basis, if you were to travel 10,000km a year, you’d be able to drive your Tesla for at least 30 years before the battery would need replacing. That’s an incredible statistic when you consider the issues which can occur in a combustion engine that may lead to some costly service charges.

To replace the Tesla battery, there is a cost which will be at least a few thousand pounds, however, with such a long life span, battery replacement costs aren’t something you should worry about. This is especially the case when you lease a Tesla from Vavoom, as you will return the car back to us at the end of your lease. This also means that you’ll be able to get a new lease on a new Tesla, or other vehicle if you wish, which has no mileage, allowing you to essentially reset the usage. When it comes to leasing electric vehicles, such as Teslas, leasing allows you to enjoy all of the benefits without the downsides. There is also the possibility that as Tesla continues to create new models, that by the time your lease ends, you’re able to get a deal on a brand new Tesla model, which we’ll aim to give you the best price on. If you’d like to learn more about the deals we have available, you can contact us on 0344 264 4177 or email us at info@vavoomleasing.com with your question. We’re based in Cheadle, which allows us to supply the local areas of Chester, Manchester and Liverpool, including cities nationwide, such as London, Leeds and Sheffield.

Companies associated with Tesla

As Tesla is such a huge and successful company with lofty ambitions, especially with Elon Musk at the helm, it’s no secret that the company has made moves in order to grow. This is in addition to Musk’s own endeavours, which includes, The Boring Company and SpaceX, which have both regularly made headlines. Some of the most notable acquisitions from Tesla include SolarCity and Maxwell Technologies.

SolarCity was acquired by Tesla in 2016, in an attempt to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. The company specialised in creating solar panels, and installing them using proprietary hardware which allowed the panels to fit together in a way that eradicated the need for rails and skirts. With this company now being part of Tesla, they look to create more technology that works in tandem with solar panels. This was proven by their creation of the Tesla Powerwall, which is designed to store energy produced by solar panels, for later use.

The minimalistic and modern-looking Powerwall is recharged using clean energy, and can supply energy to your house as a backup option. The technology is able to detect any power outages and ensures your appliances can keep running, without any noise or upkeep. When paired with solar technology, the Powerwall can be recharged and keep your home running for several days. The companion app allows you to monitor your home's energy consumption and usage in real time. The design of the Powerwall also allows you to stack multiple, outside of your home, to meet your power needs.

Acquiring SolarCity has been a huge step in the right direction for Tesla, and is allowing them to fulfil their vision of becoming more than a car company. Prior to Tesla being involved, the company had been founded by two of Elon Musk’s cousins, although the idea was initially his and he provided the working capital for the company. Although the merger was viewed by some as a ‘bailout’ for the company, Tesla benefitted from the acquisition, allowing them to begin working more on sustainable energy systems.

Three years after SolarCity merged with Tesla, Maxwell Technologies followed suit. The key reason Tesla decided to acquire Maxwell Technologies was for their ultracapacitor technology, which they have now utilised and are working on a battery that would last for one million miles. The longevity of this battery would provide a lot of benefits, not only to the company but to drivers of Teslas too. At their current rate, Tesla batteries may need to be replaced at around 600,000 miles of travel, which can cost the customer a substantial amount of money. Of course, when you’re leasing a Tesla from Vavoom, this isn’t something you need to worry about, but in terms of battery quality, it would deplete at a far slower rate than current batteries.

Grohmann Engineering was also acquired by Tesla in 2016, in an attempt to streamline the production process of vehicle components. Other acquisitions were also made, including Perbix Machine Co. in 2017 and Hibar Systems in 2019. Of course, these mergers are separate from Musk’s other exploits which take place outside of Tesla. One of the key crossovers between Tesla and SpaceX, however, was in 2018, when a Tesla Roadster was launched into space and has since completed multiple orbits around the sun.

The stunt was one of many decisions made by Elon Musk that has led him to be regularly in the public eye and subject of popular culture. It’s not just his company SpaceX, which was founded by Musk in 2002, which has made huge headlines either. The Boring Company, which Musk founded in 2016, also made waves in the media for ‘digging holes under America’. This isn’t as dramatic as it sounds, although it is technically true. The company had been creating a tunnel that was completed in 2018 and is 1.1 miles long, underneath California. It was created to test the Hyperloop transport system, which is a super-fast means of travel. In addition to the tunnels, The Boring Company released a flamethrower, which was labelled, ‘not a flamethrower’ and sold 20,000 units. As expected, this made headlines purely for the outlandish nature of the product and seemingly random release.

Neuralink is another company that Musk also founded and currently acts as CEO. Neuralink conducts research and development into breakthrough technology for the brain. The company is currently designing the world’s first neural implant, which will let you control a computer or mobile device. Specific details about the technology are yet to be revealed but the information provided by their website details how the implant will transmit neural signals and can be charged from a battery outside of the head.

Tesla Easter eggs

Tesla’s stunning features and incredible technology extend even beyond self-driving and distance sensors. As the software that is included with Teslas is so extensive, it’s no surprise that there are ‘easter eggs’ hidden within its feature list. These hidden functions can be activated by specific voice commands, which will then play out as they have been coded. The easter egg functions include a sentry mode which is a reference to Rick and Morty, Santa mode, and alternative voice commands for opening the charging cap, activating the seat heaters and enabling climate control.

The Rick and Morty sentry mode can be activated by using the voice command, “Keep Tesla safe” or, “Keep Summer safe”. This is a reference to a season 2 episode of the show where Rick Sanchez, one of the show’s main characters, instructs his vehicle to “Keep Summer safe”, when Morty’s sister, Summer, is taking shelter in his spaceship. Although it may seem like a random command to have the Tesla answer to, Elon Musk has previously made his interest in the show public and even appeared in season 4 of the show, voicing the character ‘Elon Tusk’

The alternative voice commands allow the term, “Open/close butthole” to be used to open and close the charging port. To turn on the seat’s heaters, the term, “My balls are cold” can be used, and to turn on/off the climate control, the command, “Enable/disable life support” can be used. Each of the alternative voice commands has clearly been added to introduce a bit of lighthearted humour, a personality trait that CEO Elon Musk is known for.

When that time of the year rolls around and ‘tis this season to be jolly, a Christmas themed easter egg can be activated. By using the voice commands, "Ho Ho Ho" or, "Ho Ho Ho Not Funny’’, the vehicle will play Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry for the former, and for the latter, it will play Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. It doesn’t stop there either. On the dash, there is a screen that displays a virtual model of the car and other vehicles on the road and by activating Santa mode, the car turns into a sleigh and the other vehicles are depicted as reindeer trotting through the snow. Also, when the indicator signals are activated, the sound of sleigh bells ring out, along with a green light on the dash.

Other easter egg features which venture beyond voice command, include the rainbow charge portlight. This is activated by pushing the charge port control button quickly 10 times in a row, which causes the charge port light to flash the different colours of the rainbow. Another light-orientated easter egg is the Model X light show, which is exclusive to this model. This is a light show which uses the vehicle’s headlights, fog lights and indicator lights, whilst playing Wizards in Winter by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In time with the music, the front doors, falcon-wing doors and rearview mirrors will autonomously move. 

One easter egg, which is only included with vehicles that have the air suspension package is the James Bond The Spy Who Loved Me reference. This is an easter egg that changes the image of a Tesla into the submarine version of the Lotus Esprit, which James Bond drives in the movie, in the suspension section of the controls. By adjusting the suspension, the icon will also change to suit the new settings. For example, when the suspension is lowered the icon will show the Lotus with fins in its submarine mode, and when the suspension is raised, the icon will change to the standard Lotus Esprit, with wheels instead of fins. 

The Ludicrous+ mode can be activated for enhanced performance and features references to movies Spaceballs and The Matrix. By switching the sport mode to ludicrous and pressing the "ludicrous" text for 5 seconds, the screen will go black and a starfield will quickly appear and zoom forward, which resembles a jump to ludicrous speed from the Spaceballs movie. When prompted if the user would like to “push the limits” of the vehicle, the choice of a red pill or blue pill will be shown. The blue pill shows the text, "No, I want my Mommy", whilst the red pill shows, "Yes, bring it on!". If the red pill is chosen, the car will begin to prepare by heating up the battery. 

There are plenty more easter egg features too, such as references to the movie This Is Spinal Tap and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. There’s also a camp mode which features an appearance from Tesla’s Cybertruck. The list goes on, including some easter eggs which were hinted at but never included, notably the Marilyn Monroe cover of Happy Birthday which would be played by the Model X. Hoax easter eggs were also created by Tesla fans, with one depicting a beating heart, located in the Tesla but of course, this wasn’t real.

Charging your Tesla

One of the key parts of owning an electric vehicle is charging it, and with the number of electric vehicles on the road increasing, there is also an increasing number of charging points available to use too. However, these public charging points are likely to become increasingly in-demand, meaning that relying solely on these public charging stations isn’t the best option. Tesla’s are charged the same as most other EV’s, which means you could definitely benefit from having a home charging station.

With compatible technology, such as the Tesla Powerwall, it’s possible that you could have a home setup to charge your Tesla vehicle in a range of scenarios. As the Powerwall is designed to store power and supply your home with energy in the case of a power outage, it is possible to charge your Tesla vehicle using it. This can be used in addition to a home charging station, as if there was a power outage, the standard home charging station wouldn’t be able to work. This is where Tesla’s technology comes in, allowing you to ensure you’re covered with a backup of clean energy.

The home charging units which you can choose between, to charge your Tesla, will be a choice of either an AC charging unit or a DC charging unit. AC units are the most common for a home charging option, whilst DC chargers are typically used in public charging spots, due to their fast-charging capabilities. This is because DC chargers use direct current, which is what needs to be used to charge your Tesla’s batteries, making for faster charging. AC chargers, however, use alternating current, which needs to be converted to DC, in order to charge the car’s battery. This takes longer, which is why they’re commonly used for home or workplace charging units as they can charge the vehicle for several hours, often overnight. 

Another benefit of AC chargers is that they can charge vehicles steadily over a longer period of time, which allows them to reach full capacity. With DC chargers, as it’s much faster, it can make the battery much hotter, which means it can only take it to 80%. This is the cutoff point as any energy supplied after this could potentially damage the battery and speed up battery depletion. 

As for the actual process of charging your Tesla, this can be done by opening the charging port and connecting the charging cable from the charging station. This will be the same no matter which type of charger you use. If you’re charging at a public station, you should be able to charge your vehicle to 80% in less than an hour, which means you can enjoy a relaxing break from driving whilst your car recharges. Tesla also has their own brand of chargers, which are called Superchargers, and there are currently over 2,500 charging stations with over 25,000 Superchargers across various different locations - and that’s just within Europe and the Middle East.

The technology which pairs with the Supercharger is incredibly intuitive and can be linked to your phone for easy monitoring. When driving your Tesla and using the navigation on the screen, it will purposely plan a route that passes the most Superchargers possible, for convenient travel. Once you’ve stopped at one of these Supercharger stations, you can link up your smartphone so that you receive a notification when your car is charged and ready to go. This can be extremely helpful if you want to go for a wander whilst your car is charging and don’t want to have to wait around next to the vehicle. 

If you’ve considered leasing an electric vehicle like Tesla or Polestar, but have been put off by the possible concept of struggling to charge your EV, the best solution is to choose a home charging station. These shouldn’t be too expensive either, as there are now grants available which can cover 75% (up to £350) of the cost, making home charging units much more affordable for more customers. Not only can you save on the cost of installing a charging point at home, but you can also benefit from reduced running costs, by choosing a Tesla. 

The extensive features which you can get when charging your Tesla gives you ultimate control. That means that when charging your car whilst at work, for example, you can use your smartphone to manage the charging and get notifications when charging is complete. This can be extremely handy to ensure that your Tesla is fully charged before you head home from work for the day. It can also help with travelling anxiety, which can occur when driving an electric vehicle and you’re unsure of how much charge the car has and how far you can travel. The fear that the vehicle will run out of charge at a crucial point can become wearing, but with the monitoring app, you can prevent this from happening. 

Tesla upholstery

Not only is Tesla helping the environment through their emission-free, all-electric motors, but they’re also going vegan with their upholstery. The seats and insides of the vehicle that may otherwise have been leather, have been replaced with synthetic leather for the Model 3, Model X and Model S. Once the material used for the seats had been changed, it was only the steering wheel that remained leather, but Tesla changed this in 2019, announcing on Twitter that their Model 3 interior was now 100% leather-free.

Previously, the issue which prevented Tesla from removing leather from the steering wheel was the heating capabilities the wheel had. This posed issues with non-leather materials suffering wear and tear over time, as a result of the heating and gradual cooling of the wheel. The premium synthetic leather material has now been used as a substitute for real leather. This move comes after pressure from PETA, with them even managing to get Musk to promise that both the Model 3 and Model Y would be cowhide-free by 2020. 

The leather substitute which has been used in the upholstery of Tesla vehicles is based on polyurethane that was designed specifically for Tesla vehicles. PETA, who have shares in Tesla, were concerned that the carmaker would fall behind other brands, as BMW had already begun introducing leather alternatives in their vehicles. There’s no real argument to keep the leather, however, as the synthetic substitute is just as robust as natural leather and is even more stain resistant. The pliable nature of the material also allows it to last much longer, especially when put to thorough use. The Tesla Model 3 is now officially vegan, which opens up the vehicle to a wider range of customers.

Leasing your Tesla from Vavoom - Get in touch

At Vavoom, we’re huge fans of Teslas, not just because they’re better for the environment, but also because of their modern features and pleasant driving experience. With companion apps and charging systems, driving a vehicle can just become easier. Fewer trips to the petrol station, self-driving features and sneaky easter eggs all add to the Tesla experience. To help you get the Tesla experience, we aim to offer the best deals possible on a range of Tesla Models.

To explore these deals, you can browse our website and choose which one suits you. If you’d like to speak to us directly about the deals or have any further questions about the Teslas we offer, you can call us on 0344 264 4177 or email us at info@vavoomleasing.com. We’re based in Cheadle, which allows us to service clients in the local areas of Manchester, Liverpool and Chester, including clients nationwide from cities such as Leicester, Sheffield and London.