Category Archives: Personal Posts

Tesla Model 3: One Year Review

April 2019. California.

This review of our Model 3 starts from the time we reserved it through our first year of driving the car. The review describes several aspects of life with the Model 3 and addresses the basic question: has the Model 3 met my expectations? There have been many reviews on the Model 3, but each review provides another data point for readers about driving the Model 3 in the real world. In addition these reviews may answer questions you have about how well EVs in general, and the Model 3 specifically, can meet your needs.

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80,000 miles in our 2012 Rav4 EV

April 2019

Today we crossed 80,000 miles (~128,000 km) in our 2012 Rav4 EV. We purchased this car new almost 6 years ago and it’s still working great. Our motor drive became slightly noisy 2 years ago and Toyota replaced it under warranty at 58,000 miles. It’s been smooth and quiet since then. Otherwise this car has worked perfectly.

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Getting Service for your Tesla Model 3

April 2019

We picked up our long range RWD Model 3 a year ago in April 2018 and enjoy this car tremendously. It’s great for daily driving and Tesla’s Supercharger network allows us to go pretty much anywhere we want. The fit and finish of our car was excellent and we have not had any problems with our car. The Model 3 is simply a great car that keeps getting better with frequent over-the-air software updates.

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Winter Weekend Road Trip in the Tesla Model 3

February 2019, California. We've logged 15,000 miles in our Model 3 since picking it up ten months ago. This was our first trip in winter weather conditions.

We don’t often get snow in my town. According to my neighbor it’s been 23 years since honest-to-goodness snow has fallen in our part of California’s Central Valley. But when we get the urge for snow we don’t have far to drive.

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50,000 miles in the 2012 Rav4 EV

November 2016, California.

We passed 50,000 miles in our 2012 Toyota Rav4 EV in 2016. To mark the occasion I wrote this post to share:

1) data on mileage, electricity use, efficiency, cost to drive;

2) a few things I’ve learned from driving an electric car;

3) highlights from driving electric;

4) a few opinions on driving electric.

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Solar Power, Part 1: Installation

January 2019, California's Central Valley

When we bought our home over a decade ago we set goals for ourselves: To make the electricity we use; and to drive electric cars powered by our solar power system. We’re not there yet, but we’ve made progress.

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Tesla Model 3 Road Trip to San Diego

November 2018, California.
This post is for those who are learning about EVs,
and those wondering how an EV will fit into their lives. 

This post was written when we'd had our Model 3 for seven months and the odometer was at 11,000 miles. 

Most of our mileage comes from the daily work commute, but we’ve also taken a few trips in our region: to San Francisco for work, to Montgomery Woods State Reserve to see Redwood trees, to Lassen Volcanic National Park for camping, and to the Mammoth Lakes area to take in the scenery. Continue reading