I have been wanting a Tesla for years now. It seemed out of reach with the Model S, but the Model 3 pricing is at a more feasible level. So, after some discussion with my amazing wife, as well as reading and watching countless reviews online, I went ahead and put down my deposit today.
I’m guessing it will be late next year before I get the car, but that is ok. The delay will give me time to save for a down payment and get the power outlet installed in my garage. It should also allow Tesla to iron out any production issues they might have.
So, has anyone here looked into making the jump to an EV? There are a growing number of them on the market now.
Not a pure EV yet - but my wife has owned an Escape Hybrid since 2008. Back when gas prices were over $4 a gallon and we lived in “the city” (suburbs), the 33 mpg was great. This was the same time I owned an XTerra that got 14 mpg - so it really did make a big difference. My current commute is only 25 miles, so I could definitely go all EV at this point - and we have 7.5 kW of solar array on our roof, so we could technically use the sun to charge our car.
I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say about it . Don’t hold your breath though, as it is going to be awhile. I’m feeling like a kid who knows he’s going to get a great Christmas present, but it’s only January 1st ! LOL. It’s going to be a long wait. Heck, we will probably have DCS Hornet, the F14 and 2.5 before I get to drive the car.
I thought you meant the one that was announced yesterday Paul!
My wife had a Prius for a while and it was a good car. So cheap to run and weapons-grade boring (which was a good thing, it’s what she wanted). She actually wanted a Leaf at the time but it felt a bit too soon. The Model 3 seems like a good time to jump in to a full EV. They look really nice.
Hopefully Elon keeps working 24/7 and doesn’t melt before they sort the Gigafactory’s out.
The only thing I am not 100% sold on is the requirement to use the touch screen for pretty much everything. When we are constantly told that we should not be playing with our phones while driving, it seems it is ok if it is a mounted, oversized iPad ;). I’m sure a lot of thought has gone into that aspect of the design though.
One of my clients is heavily invested in Tesla, so all of the partners have had them since inception. I’ve never driven one, but have tinkered with the BFD. Their ownership experience seems to have been positive. Basically, it gets updates at night and behaves a lot like an iOS device with 4 wheels. They are quick too.
I’m seeing a lot of the Xs a in the car pool lane in Buckhead now. Sort of this year’s Gelandewagen.
I only drive a Hybrid car (since 2012) but I am pretty happy with it. When I replace it I will probably buy an electric one for the rather short distances that I drive daily. For longer distances we use our bigger car anyway.
I’d say that the Tesla will be perfectly capable of fulfilling 99% of my driving needs. I am planning to get the 310 mile range option, mainly for peace of mind on a longer trip, such as when I drive up to Dallas for training. I have a slightly heavy right foot, so I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting a full 310 miles out of a charge . Long distance trips will require a bit more planning.
I’ve been on the verge of buying a new car for months now and that Model 3 has been sooo attractive. I’ve been telling my wife even the standard edition would be perfect for us but the $50k CDN price point is just a hmmmmmaybe. There’s just so much unknown as well like does this vehicle ever require any sort of maintenance or is it just a straight up direct drive electric engine?