Tesla Model 3 2021 electric car owner review

Tesla Model 3 2021 electric car owner review

Darren Garside drives a Tesla Model 3 Long Range 2021 electric car.

This is Darren’s first electric car, he’s owned the Model 3 from new and drives 10,000-15,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 5,000-10,000 miles and he achieve 270 miles range from a full charge.

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Why did you choose this electric car?

Tesla charging network until the wider public network improves. Software was of a higher standard/state of development and feature set than other manufacturers. Autopilot was much more mature and provided better confidence than other manufacturers tested. Better range/efficiency for size of battery. Nicer design/look than what was available from other manufacturers at the time.


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

  • Cost of ownership compared to ICE
  • ease of ownership (full tank of fuel every morning/OTA/integration with phone and Google Maps/charging network)
  • something different.


Tesla Model 3 2021 electric car owner review


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

  • Tesla is not really a mature manufacturer of cars, so still teething problems (improving all the time)
  • software updates feel sometimes like 2 steps forward and 1 back (quality control)
  • paint/material quality has me concerned longer term.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?

  • Boot alignment on delivery
  • Charging cover/access panel replaced
  • …and still to be reported knocking from front driver’s side suspension.


What are the standout tech features of the car?

  • Autopilot
  • Infotainment/User interface
  • Ease of driving/relaxed manner.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.

The floor mats have a velcro-like back and are great for now moving forward/getting under pedals or breaking the tabs like on some manufacturer-supplied mats.


What electric car are you interested in next and why?

None at the moment, see where the market is in 3 years with the amount of expansion/growth at the moment.


What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

myenergi zappi – great unit and have it linked into solar and batteries. Great software control and also linked to Intelligent Octopus as well.


Tesla Model 3 2021 electric car owner review


Rate your home charging unit out of 5


What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

Intelligent Octopus – great to maximise usage of lower cost rate.


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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?

  • Osprey
  • MFG
  • InstaVolt.


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

  • Osprey
  • InstaVolt.


Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?

Peugeot Insurance – did cheap Tesla insurance for a short while.


Rate your insurance provider out of 5


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



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