Wayne drives a Tesla Model 3 Performance 2020 electric car.
This is Wayne’s third electric car, he’s owned the Model 3 from new and drives between 10,000-15,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 30,000-40,000 miles and he achieves 300 miles range from a full charge.
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Why did you choose this electric car?
At the time it was the best deal for range/performance and size. Other cars were asking the same money for a lot less of each. Having moved from a Nissan LEAF (had 2 over 5 years and LOVED them both) the difference in performance was amazing. Definitely the best THING I’ve ever owned.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- Performance is staggering – the acceleration never fails to bring a huge smile
- Range is great – never even think about it to be honest, just drive it like a normal car
- It looks stunning, what can I say!
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
- Price – I think it’s good value but could always be cheaper
- People walking out in front of me – not joking, lots of stupid people who step off pavements without looking, it didn’t happen with the LEAF
- Tyres don’t last long, lol!
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
What are the standout tech features of your Model 3?
- Central screen – the fact that there are no buttons is great for me
- Autopilot is also great for the long motorway drives
- The drive train is mega, so sure footed.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.
Makes surprising financial sense! I was paying £250 a month in diesel just to get too and from work. Servicing and spares were on top of that. All on a car that wasn’t that exciting to drive and was a bit too ‘functional’. So if you take that money away from my monthly lease, I’m paying £200 a month for a brand new, full on rocket ship that I would never have dreamed of owning before. And before anyone asks, if you get on the right EV tariff from your electricity supplier, I pay around £50 a month extra for the price ledge. In the summer time when my solar is generating, it costs me nothing!
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
Tesla Model Y or Porsche Taycan. There are not many cars out there that are as exciting to drive as my Model 3. Certainly not for the same money. The Model Y may just be a bit easier on me as I get older but then I’m drawn to the Porsche as it’s a beautiful car. Can’t quite justify the cost though until the mortgage is paid!
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Rolec – it was a subsidised install in 2015 when I got my first Nissan LEAF. Has been reliable if not able to do any of the modern fancy, schmancy stuff. Will keep it till it breaks and then may go for a zappi.
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Intelligent Octopus – yes, I would, 5 hours plus of cheap rate electricity each day. More if you link your car to their app and allow them to control the charging times. Plus, if you can schedule your washing machine and dishwasher to the ‘cheap rate’ times, you save money on that too. This year we plan to add battery storage, which can charge off our solar array and top up from the cheap rate overnight. Hope to be almost energy independent when that’s done!
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Tesla Superchargers – they are pretty much everywhere you need them. Even though they have got busier now as there are more Teslas on the road, generally there are enough so there is no queue.
Reliant Energy – when I had the LEAF it was 50/50 whether they would work which was even more worrying with the limited range of that car.
List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
- Pod Point
Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Direct Line – yes, cheapest price to be honest.
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Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.