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March 31st, 2016 · 6 Comments

I just put down a deposit on a Tesla Model 3.

Sounds more exciting than it is. The Model 3 won’t be out for about 2 years, and details won’t be released until tonight. If I change my mind, I can get a full refund.

My plan is to wait and see what develops. If the Chevy Bolt (coming out this fall) looks good enough, I may opt for that. If the Model 3 looks a lot better, it may be worth waiting for. Main considerations are access to the nationwide charging network and AutoPilot. If the Model 3 doesn’t offer both of these, it probably wouldn’t be worth the wait.

We’ll see!

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  • 1 Daryl // Mar 31, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I jut got done watching the “reveal” of the Model 3. 215 miles range, at least. 0-60 less than 6 seconds. Other options will be available. $35,000 before $7500 tax credit for the base model.

    Has “the hardware for auto-pilot”, which means it will be an option to enable it, but no idea how much.

    Compatible with the Supercharger station network scattered around the country. No idea if it is free like with the Model S, or subscription, or pay per use. This is all they are going to reveal for now, I guess.

    I’ll leave my deposit there for now!

  • 2 Daryl // Mar 31, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Oh, and as of 9:00pm MST they have 115,000 orders. I don’t know where mine falls in there, but probably nearer the end than the beginning. Since they hope to make a half million per year, it might not be too long a wait. If they hit their target…

  • 3 Dick // Apr 1, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Electric cars are really coming of age. You got in on the “bleeding” edge with the Volt, but the Bolt and T3 both look like very practical vehicles at very reasonable prices.

  • 4 Dale // Apr 1, 2016 at 7:09 am

    With that “lead foot” of yours it is important to have “0-60 in 6 seconds.”;)

  • 5 Donna // Apr 1, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    It’s cute, too!

  • 6 Don // Apr 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Hey now! Nothing wrong with 0-60 in 10 seconds.

    And I’m glad to see you’re thinking of getting rid of that dirty, polluting gas engine Volt and into something better for the environment! You know that global warming is just getting worse every time you drive it. 😛

    Seriously though I think the 3 is going to be pretty nice but so will the Bolt.

    And I’ve heard rumors of a redesign for the Leaf in 2017 to increase the range and make it more techie.

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