An Interview With Robert Rosenbloom, Tesla Super-Fan
Robert is an early Model S owner, an ER doctor and a new Tesla Club LA Board Member. We asked him some of those questions we all like to chat about.
How long have you had your Tesla?
I’ve have had my Model S for just under 3 years. I put my deposit down before there were any on the road. At that point the only option for an all-electric car that could travel over 150 miles on a single charge was the roadster, but with my height, I wouldn’t fit.
How many miles does it have?
I have 60,000 velvety smooth roller coaster miles on my model S
What was the deciding factor that made you buy your car?
I wanted an all-electric that I could drive to and from the farthest emergency room where I work, currently at 58 miles one way, and with hills and the occasional blustery day I wanted some wiggle room on the range. The Model S fit my needs perfectly.
Does anyone else in your family get to drive your car?
That’s a delicate question. Initially nobody drove my car. Then on a couple long road trips my wife and son took turns behind the wheel, and the infectious delight of the Model S brought my exclusive hold on the car to an end. Now, when I’m recovering from a night shift, my wife will borrow the car if she has to travel beyond the range of her plug in Prius, all in the interest of preventing the use of fossil fuel, which she knows is a weak point and the reason I bought an electric car in first place.
Have you been instrumental in getting any other people to buy one?
I would like to think I’ve been instrumental, but I didn’t get enough people to use my Tesla promotion code to get invited to the Model X launch event the Model 3 Launch, nor to get a Founder’s Model X Reservation. I’ve certainly talked to hundreds of folks at Drive Electric week events and Alt Fuels car shows as well as to the multitudes that stopped me, in the first year or two that I owned the car, to talk about the car.
What usually on the big screen in your car?
The map oriented in the direction I’m driving, so I can keep an eye on traffic patterns around me. Helps to make my commutes around Southern California much less stressful.
Any Elon Interactions?
At the Supercharger launch event a few years ago, I got to shake Elon’s hand and he posed for a photo with my son. He was easy going, approachable, and I felt confident he would deliver on the next generation of transportation. I was impressed with the throngs of successful, intelligent folks who crowded in on that, and subsequent, Tesla events. Talking to dozens of folks I feel the confidence we all have in Elon and Tesla staff as they demonstrate integrity.
Personalized license plate or State issued?
I have a customized plate, and it took me a long time to figure out what to use that would match the slick, thoughtful, futuristic ride I was pinning it to. Plus it seems when I bought my car, the majority of Tesla owners were making up Tesla-inspired personalized plates.
What is your favorite thing about the Tesla?
That’s a tough question, I love everything about it: it’s so quiet, the ride is so smooth, it handles like no other car I’ve owned, it’s whip fast, it’s comfortable. The car holds so much! The second day I owned it I took it on a camping trip and packed it full of supplies, my friends could not believe how much I brought out of the car when setting up our camp site. The frunk is such a trip, I love coming out of the supermarket, popping the hood and loading in a basket full of groceries! When I first got the car, and it was a novelty, women would tell me it was the sexiest car. Most of all what I love most about the car is THERE IS NO TAIL PIPE!
What was your previous car?
A plug-in-Prius, with 11-miles of all electric range; seems rather impotent now.
What will your next car be?
What else? Another Tesla Model S but with the next generation advanced sensors that will enable full autopilot. Though I expect I’ll still drive ‘all manual’ BECAUSE IT’S SUCH A FUN CAR TO DRIVE. The autopilot will be terrific for when I’m tired or fatigued, stuck in crawling traffic, or dense fog where I can’t see safely to drive.