Ash drives a Tesla Model 3 SR+ 2020 electric car.
This is Mike’s second electric car, he’s owned the I-PACE from new and drives between 10,000-15,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 20,000-30,000 miles and he achieves 200 miles range from a full charge.
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Why did you choose the Tesla Model 3 SR+?
Leased through company scheme and while BIK was low, the monthly cost through our salary sacrifice scheme meant I could afford a Model 3. That aside, I’ve test driven other EVs and already own another EV and the Tesla was the best option in my available range of cars at the time.
I am an aircraft design engineer by trade and therefore the minimalist design packed with both useful and fun features attracted me to the Tesla range. I also feel that as Tesla are a young company compared to the other mainstream car OEMs, they have the edge on being able to be innovate and can approach things with a different and more agile attitude. They can react quicker than the process driven other manufacturers. These qualities I know will mean good through-life ownership of the vehicle and this is proving to be true with the over the air software updates that can even adjust such items as suspension set up. Visionary.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- Its fun factor
- Its unusual design features
- Its acceleration is astounding.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
- It’s road noise levels
- Manufacturing quality issues
- Single source repair restriction.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
Minor niggles with the onboard USB stick used for the dashcam system. Otherwise no other faults.
What are the standout tech features of your Tesla Model 3?
- Dashcam system is superb, recording all four sides of the car at the same time into a USB stick
- Sentry system is brilliant and means anyone who comes near the vehicle when it’s on will be recorded. Car park damage can now be traced back to the perpetrators.
- Connectivity to the web to watch my favourite streaming services while charging
- The supercharger network is one of the biggest selling factors for a lot off Tesla owners as it is reliable and available when you need it and the vehicle works out where you need to stop and for how long on a journey. Totally integrated system.
- Use of Google maps is great.
- Emissions test software and the light show features are just pure childish fun.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this Tesla Model 3.
When the sentry system is on you can hook up to the car, via the Tesla app, and view what the cameras are looking at wherever in the world you are.
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
Ford Mustang Mach-E, as I am and have always been a petrol head grab of the ICE Mustangs.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
myEnergi zappi v2 – because if you have solar panels this unit bleeds excess energy from the panels into the car automatically and it has built in PEN protection so you don’t need additional ugly earth rods installing.
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Currently EDF Eco20:20 – No, I wouldn’t recommend it or EDF as it’s a variable tariff and EDF’s customer service is non-existent. They are a belligerent waste of space.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
- Tesla Superchargers – Awesome, connectivity is just superb.
- ChargePlace Scotland – used to be free but more reasonably priced and as importantly they maintain the system well. You turn up and feel confident they’ll work.
List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
- ChargePlace Scotland
- Pod Point.
Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
I don’t, it’s a lease vehicle and I believe it’s done through Allianz Insurance.
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Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.