Reddy wrote:Well, at least we are here and EVs are unstoppable..
And we have people like you to thank. THANK YOU
My Tesla Model 3 reservation is presently estimated for Q1 2018. We'll see, but I can wait for whenever it is ready. @OrientExpress cannot understand (or does not want to understand) that the lion's share of people able and willing to spend $30k+ on an EV have abandoned Nissan.
What Model 3 are you thinking of buying ? I keep vacillating between the $36k base and a $10k more expensive, optioned up version. I'll probably have to visit a show room to decide.
You're welcome. I was certainly able to afford it, having started saving for an EV in 1992 when I purchased my last and only ICE vehicle.
I've said before that I think a 200 mi EV is just about right in terms of battery size (1000-2000 cycles at 200 mi/cycle is about right for the current LiON battery technology). Since I have time, I'll probably go with the smaller battery Tesla, but with dual wheel drive. I like the concept of improved mileage with the two motors and the more even tire wear. Since Tesla has an extensive supercharger network with less than 150 mi spacing, the longer range battery isn't really needed for my driving pattern. All out-of-town trips are supported by stations at 90-120 mi. In-town, I haven't been able to exhaust the 2011 Leaf battery, so a new Tesla M3 would be like a rocket ship.
I'm not sure about the high end options. I currently like driving but age and health may force the need for autopilot or self-driving (if they ever perfect it and get approvals). If a "deal" comes up on a used M3, I might go with all options, but probably I'll get the stripper version. The one thing I absolutely like about the 2011 Leaf is the non-leather, tan interior. I greatly dislike black or leather, which is definitely problematic with the current M3. I, too, will wait until I can actually drive the vehicle and have a number of choices for options. In the end, I may cancel the reservation and get something else, but I doubt it. No other EV can match Tesla's charging network, and I expect it will be similar in the future.
OrientExpress is correct about price being a significant driver for many people. I think the 150 mi Leaf2 does fill a niche but they need to price it under $25K when all the tax credits are gone. Even so, most people cannot even afford a used $10K vehicle, which is why most keep their existing ICE, worth maybe $500, and continue paying the oil piper. I'm seeing a significant number of used Leafs in our area because of the $8K pricing. Once the used 150 mi Leaf2 hits the streets in 2020, then we really will see an impact (providing that Nissan produces more than 3000/mo).