At my last book club, we decided to read the book about Elon Musk by Ashlee Vange. One of the girls had suggested it as an alternative to the recent series of poorly-chosen fictional novels. In a room full of educated, thirty-some women in different professional fields, the consensus was clear: no matter our personal opinions of Elon, we could all imagine ourselves in a Tesla.

By: Aniseh Sharifi

A couple of us (myself included) are current reservation holders for a Model 3 and the conversation quickly digressed towards electric cars. The generic questions came up first about charging and the unlikely possibilities of being stranded with no power. My friend who was hosting the gathering at her downtown condo mentioned all the current Tesla’s in her building and all the charging stations available in their underground parking. A couple of the moms brought up the idea of the environmental “greater good,” that Tesla’s mission is to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” The company designs and manufactures vehicles with zero emissions. Instead of a gasoline powered engine, the vehicles use electric motors powered by lithium-ion batteries.

For me, as the divorced, and currently single, car enthusiast, the car is a statement of everything I’m not “supposed” to be, but want to be – different, fearless, and sexy!

I had to get my hands on a Model X and see why so many celebs like Jessica Alba, Mila Kunis, and Eva Longoria were so in love with their “SUV of the future.” The handling, speed, and control are pure pleasure. Although the one-pedal driving may take a minute to get used to, it’s simply irresistible to go full-throttle. With 713 pound-feet of torque at your disposal, it’s extremely responsive and so quiet.

The Model X is the first electric SUV, and the list of futuristic features is lengthy, but here are a few of my favorites:

Panoramic Windshield: The expanded windshield over and above the front occupants’ heads is simply mind-blowing. Watch as the front cabin increases its cool factor with more light and visibility all around.

Falcon Wing Rear Doors: Practical or not, once the double hinged doors go up, you tell me who drives the coolest car on your block. The wings allow for more flexible loading and easy access to the second and third row of seats.

Speed & Range: The top of the line P100D, Performance Option, denoted by the “P,” includes Ludicrous Speed Upgrade, Smart Air suspension, and AWD. 465 kms range: 0-100 km/h in 3.1 sec > top speed of 250 km/h.

The Touchscreen: Just like the male human body, the car’s functions are controlled through one long apparatus. I’m referring to the 17-inch screen that controls most of the features in the vehicle with just a simple swipe or touch.

Autopilot: The semi-autonomous drive mode can control the vehicle’s steering, braking, acceleration, deceleration, and lane changing by using the turn signals.

Storage: No engine means more trunk space in the front and rear of the vehicle. So, no need to get your clothes wrinkled folding seats, when you can fit two hockey bags or a stroller in the front trunk alone.

Aside from how sexy the car is, it’s also part of a movement that is so appealing. Since placing my order, I now volunteer at the Tesla Owners Cub of Ontario and I’m a member of The Tesla Model 3 Club. I’ve met so many wonderful like-minded people who are just as passionate about the company, culture, and vehicle. Although I’m fully aware that the vehicle I drive, like the purse I carry, isn’t a reflection of who I am on the inside, it is a reflection of who I am out there in the world. While other automakers bombard us with fuel economy stats and marketing ploys, Tesla continues to focus on technology, safety, and convenience, while leading the transition to a simpler and cleaner lifestyle, and that is something I want to reflect to the world.