What is your name?
What is the make and model of your EV?
Tesla Model 3 Performance
What year was your EV registered?
How long have you owned your EV?
1 – 2 years
What is the mileage on your EV?
10,000 – 20,000 miles
How many EVs have you owned?
This is my first
What is the average mileage range you achieve from your EV when fully charged?
Why did you choose this car?
I think the Model 3 is the best Tesla & the best EV today. Whether you want to drive locally or for ‘000s of miles, the Model 3 can handle/take on & beat any piston car in any price bracket with better performance, practicality, refinement, tech, efficiency range & super fast-charging.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car?
- Acceleration is ridiculous. While the Model 3 dual motor long range is probably the pick of the bunch, mine (only briefly available) looks like that but has a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds quicker than piston performance cars more than double its price.
- The same car that’s faster than any Aston Martin is also completely refined, silent and relaxing in sub 10mph traffic
- That same car can carry 5 people and all their luggage in a boot, a boot under the boot & a ‘frunk’ under the bonnet. It’s a car without compromise.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car?
- It would be better if it was exactly the same shape but a hatchback. That said, the boot is so big that it’s rarely an issue.
- Cancelling indicators is a little more random than it should be
- You have to close the drivers window before pressing wash wipe down otherwise the wiper chucks water inside the door!
Surprise us! Tell us something surprising about this car?
As well as fart sounds the car gets regular updates. Among the things updated since I got my Model 3 is Netflix & YouTube. The first thing my family watched to test it was the Pepper Pig muddy puddles!
What EV are you interested in next and why?
I’m interested in all EVs because I think all are a better way to drive. I am very happy with the Model 3 but the other EVs I’d like to drive are the Porsche Taycan, IONIQ 5, Kia EV6, VW ID.3, Fiat 500 & Citroen Ami! From £6k to £90k but all should be great.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
I live in a terraced London street but its a myth you need a driveway to charge. There are thousands of chargers all over the UK & if there aren’t any near you the Government offers funding to councils. My local Ubitricity lamp post chargers cost 24p per kW which is about £70 for 1,000 miles.
What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
I use EDF historically but if I can get a smart meter I will look at options including Octopus, especially if I get a Tesla Powerwall. If my EV was charging at home I would look at an EV tariff with cheap overnight charging. Look at price & cheap rate charge times to ensure you can get the charging you need.
What public charging networks do you use? Would you recommend them to others and why?
I use Zap Map & WattsUp! & when on trips I try and only use chargers with easy quick contactless charging. Both let you filter on these. I do use the excellent Tesla Superchargers & they are great value (21p-34p) when on trips but also find 40p/kW Instavolt chargers quick & reliable.
The upgraded Gridserve motorway chargers should be even quicker and cheaper (30p) and are being rolled out to replace dreadful old App-based Ecotricity chargers. Pod Point provide some good free & low cost chargers but some faulty units take ages to fix. Ubitricity lamp posts are a good local solution. I would never use IONITY or Source London because of their extortionate pricing.
Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
I used LV who were much better value than Admiral & Direct Line for me but it is worth checking all options & user feedback for your EV. The performance of my Model 3 means it is rated as a performance car for insurance.