NWR Anyone buying a Tesla Model 3 (or any BEV) ?

You obviously hadn’t bought enough wine Simon!
First night on the way down! The aerodynamic front of the box meant I managed to scrape my way past a rafter, which of course the flat backside of the box couldn’t then reverse back past. A tad embarrassing (exacerbated by the fact that in all the excitement I managed to leave something on, draining power, such that by the next morning while no longer wedged the battery was flat and I needed the local garage). Muppet!
 
French car parks are terrible.
You’re right. I don’t understand why, as there’s not an obvious deficiency of design competence generally in france. The ticket issuing machines and associated infrastructure are always placed so as to test one’s arm reach, as well as car tyres’ strength whilst widths of internal “roads” in car parks are based on 1960s sized cars.
 
They always publish the maximum height. Great.

I drive a relatively short but wide and long car.

We have one car park here that’s literally like a decent to hell, it goes what seems ten stories down with a spiral barely wider than my biggest corkscrew.
 
With more and more manufacturers launching electric cars do the forum‘s experts think that the Tesla charging network means that they are still the only option if longer journeys, for example Manchester to Skye, Cornwall or Piemonte, are needed? Porsche, Audi, VW, Seat etc all claim their charging networks are good.
Thinking of taking the plunge and switching our only car to electric and trying to work out if Tesla is still the only practical choice.
I think the Tesla sat nav is good at planning journeys and shows charging points along the way. Do other manufacturers offer something similar?
 
The best journey planner is ABRP (A Better Route Planner). Tesla’s satnav still can’t do waypoints, allthough Elon has said he’ll do it.

I’d say the other networks are catching up. I get the impression that Ionity are pretty good in mainland Europe. And now that Dale Vince has sold Ecotrickery, there’s a chance that U.K. will have 3 decent networks (Ionity, Instavolt, Electric Highway) and that Shell/BP will have to give up blocking progress. Maybe. Chargemaster are a joke and may remain so.

So nearly there. Maybe a year before I’d feel able to buy a non-Tesla.
 
Thanks Dan and Alex. Might go for a model 3 for now on a 1 or 2 year deal and see how the other charging networks develop. Need to book a test drive.

Any Model 3 owners here who can recommend or would put me off their car?
 
The complaints we have (I bought one for my folks) is mostly about annoying TACC (Traffic Aware Cruise Control). Some people have had terrible quality paintwork. Otherwise a lot to like. ID4, Enyaq and Polestar the closest competition, it seems. Maybe Ford Mach-E
 
When I change my S it will be for a 3 or Y if available. For people who need to travel distances Tesla is still the only viable EV I think. Even with Tesla there are still some parts of the country I would avoid taking an EV. Given the planning problems Tesla has had getting their network up an d running I would not bet on there being an adequate quantity of charge points for all the EVs currently being sold with in the next couple of years
 
When I change my S it will be for a 3 or Y if available. For people who need to travel distances Tesla is still the only viable EV I think. Even with Tesla there are still some parts of the country I would avoid taking an EV. Given the planning problems Tesla has had getting their network up an d running I would not bet on there being an adequate quantity of charge points for all the EVs currently being sold with in the next couple of years
Well, all MSAs where the crap EH chargers are situated will have permission, but whether or not they will have adequate power supply is indeed another issue. I think it’s shameful that HMG haven’t intervened in places like Fleet Southbound or changed the law to give power companies wayleave rights on par with telecommunications providers. They say they’re not needed, but reality (as usual) tells a different story.
 
Thanks Dan and Alex. Might go for a model 3 for now on a 1 or 2 year deal and see how the other charging networks develop. Need to book a test drive.

Any Model 3 owners here who can recommend or would put me off their car?
Strongly recommend the model 3. Only issue is you will almost certainly lose your licence as you’ll unknowingly be speeding in the blink of an eye!
 
I can see some decentish 2 year lease deals - 10k 6+23 for £615 inc VAT
Looks like I can get the model 3 long range through work. 3 years, 15k miles per year. 662 per month which includes insurance, servicing, tyres, roadside assistance. The monthly cost looks to cover the 3 years of depreciation (approx 50% of the car value) so looks like a good deal. Test drive booked for the weekend. Will be gentle on the throttle Dan!
 
Looks like I can get the model 3 long range through work. 3 years, 15k miles per year. 662 per month which includes insurance, servicing, tyres, roadside assistance. The monthly cost looks to cover the 3 years of depreciation (approx 50% of the car value) so looks like a good deal. Test drive booked for the weekend. Will be gentle on the throttle Dan!
What’s the initial period?
Funnily enough, depreciation on M3s has been quite low, partly due to price rises (Not LR)
 
TESLA station on the countryside.

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P. S. We are still very happy with it. Bought 1-2 years ago.
Especially leaving behind all the Porsche, BMW, Mercedes on the traffic light:D:cool:;)

So far only 1 thing we discovered is really poor, the windscreen wipers when it is raining. Then I tell my wife, don’t worry honey: it‘s made in CALIFORNIA. They have no rain. hahaha
 
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