Tesla Model 3 Performance 2019, Steve – EV Owner Review

Tesla Model 3 Performance 2019, Steve - EV Owner Review

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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?
From new


What is your estimated annual mileage?
10,000 – 15,000


What is the mileage on your EV?
20,000 – 30,000 miles


How many EVs have you owned?
This is my 3rd


What is the average mileage range you achieve from your EV when fully charged?


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Why did you choose this car?
I liked the look of the car. I really liked the different interior, clean and total lack of buttons was appealing (some people like traditional houses with open fires, others like modern, minimalist houses, the Tesla is the car equivalent of the latter). I also like the vision of the Tesla company too.


Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car.

  • Over the air updates (the car just gets better over time)
  • Speed and handling (for all practical purposes it’s pretty much the fastest car on the road)
  • Design – no other car has yet got close to the way Tesla has thought about the basic functions of an EV over a traditional ICE car (and I have and have had, several other EVs).


Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car.

  • Turning circle is relatively poor
  • Aerodynamics drive grit toward the rear wheel arches which means paint needs protecting in that area with a bit of PPF
  • Some of the automation is not quite as good as traditional car manufacturers (auto headlights and auto wipers are the notable examples).


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
Squeaky front suspension bush. Fixed quickly under warranty without fuss.


What are the standout tech features of the car?

  • Over-the-air updates
  • Entertainment options
  • Access to Superchargers and the way the car plans the use of these and prepares the car to maximise charging speeds.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this car.
You can use your phone as a key, which uses Bluetooth but most people don’t know that you can also hold your phone to the pillar and the car will use NFC (like you use for contactless payments) to unlock and start the car. So, your phone will work even if it’s out of battery.


Rate your EV out of 5.


What car are you interested in next and why?
Tesla Model 3 again or maybe a Y for something a little bit different. ORA Cat as something different. MG ZS LR for my son, as it’s relatively inexpensive and has a good range.


What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
zappi – worked perfectly for nearly four years. Load-balancing and solar integration are key for me.


Rate your home charging unit out of 5.


What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Octopus Go – I would recommend but you need to think about the amount of kWh going into the car, versus your rest-of-day usage. Octopus as a supplier are good (relative to service received from our previous 4 suppliers).


Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.


What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Tesla obviously. Otherwise Instavolt for simplicity of use, speed of charge and reliability.


List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).

  • Tesla
  • Instavolt
  • Osprey.


Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
N/A (fleet insurance policy).


Rate your insurance provider out of 5.


Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an EV compared to a petrol/diesel car.


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