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Amit Kumar

2019 Tesla Model X

When it comes to technology, Amit Kumar prefers to sit in the driver’s seat. From his impressive academic background to his software development company, it’s easy to see that he is passionate techie – his license plate affirms this too! “I keep close tabs on Elon Musk, I’m fascinated by everything that he does,” shares Kumar. “And my Model X is on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to consumer vehicles, which is exactly where I want to be.”

Hailing from Bihar, India, Kumar came to Canada on a work permit during his tenure with IBM Pune in 2007. He recently launched his own mobile app called Konnections, a free phonebook app that comes with Automatic Contacts Updater which updates the contacts details of your friends when they change their number, all of which is securely stored.

As a newly settled immigrant, he found that other new immigrants reached out to him in an effort to recreate a feeling of belonging, and the India Canada Association was born. He now runs the Meetup group called Vancouver Indians. He is also the primary driver of the household, with his six-year-old daughter commanding most of his carpool rides.

The Tesla Model X Limited starts at $110,890.

REASONS WHY I DRIVE A TESLA:

  1. Green Car

The car runs clean, I don’t need gas anymore.

  1. Safety

Rated the safest SUV ever, Tesla’s all-electric powertrain delivers unparalleled performance in all weather conditions, with Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, adaptive air suspension and the quickest acceleration of any SUV on the road—from zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds.

  1. Futuristic

I’m into technology and software, and this is THE biggest advancement in automobiles ever. Not even Lamborghinis and Ferrari’s can compete with the gadgets in this car. There are no physical buttons on the dashboard, it has a 17-inch screen which controls everything in the car. If there is a software update, new features are automatically downloaded, and the apps and maps get refreshed so not only is it always up to date but I also get new exciting features for free. Plus, the unmistakable falcon wings have a proximity sensor so even tight parking spaces aren’t a problem. The interior is clean and sleek and gives me the space and functionality of a seven-seater SUV.

  1. Self-Driving

Although the self-driving mechanism is limited right now, when it is fully built, all I need is a software update and just like that, my car will become self-driven. I’ve already driven all the way to Portland and 80% of the drive was on autopilot which takes away the stress of long-distance drives.

Confession: I get my car detailed once per month and for emergencies, I keep a cleaning kit in my car just in case.

Favourite Past-Time: I’m a movie buff – I go to the theatre every week.

My First Car: Mercedes C-280 which used to be a dream when I was living in India.

Dream Car: I’d like to own a collection of cars like Tesla Roadster and Bugatti Chiron.