This weekend while visiting the Mount Shasta area we stayed overnight at a Lodge / RV campground and charged our car on an RV electrical hookup. I plugged in that night and we left the next morning with 281 miles of rated change (and a warm cabin).
I fully charged our Long Range RWD Model 3 at home before starting a recent road trip and got a rated range estimate of 325 miles (520 km) as advertised. Our Model 3 was 18 months old and had 24,600 miles on the odometer at that time (We bought our Model 3 in April 2018). This was the third time I’d fully charged our Model 3.
This October I went to Albuquerque for 5 days of work. About 1200 miles as the crow flies, but rather than fly I drove there in our Model 3. Driving electric reduced my emissions by over 40% compared to flying or driving a 50 MPG Prius.
This week I drove my daughter in to San Francisco to see Hamilton. This is a 150-180 mile round trip for us, depending on route and where we park. The night before I charged our Model 3 to 85%, giving us 275 miles (440 km) for the day.
Last night I received the 2019.24.4 software update for our Model 3. So this morning I tested Tesla’s CHAdeMO adapter to determine the rate of charge, and see how many miles I’d get and how long it would take to charge from a given SOC. Summary: 45 minutes gave me 139 miles of rated range and cost $8.69. Tesla’s CHAdeMO adapter is easy to use and provides more charging options for the Model 3.
We purchased a solar power system to produce and offset the electricity we use in our house and to charge our Model 3. Our primary goal was to produce as much electricity as we used each year. This post describes how well our solar system meets our needs.
Many of my posts are variations on “Yo people, electric cars, they get the job done”. This post shows how EVs can work in Puerto Rico.
On a recent work trip to Old San Juan we arrived at our lodgings around 10PM, and I was surprised to see a Model 3 parked on the street near our building. Later I was fortunate enough to meet the owner and talk about his experiences.
We bought our Rav4 EV 6 years ago today. Never before did we remember or mark the day we bought a new car, but we do love our Rav. This EV continues to do it’s job very well for us. It’s a very good commuting car and has plenty of storage for shopping trips and regional camping trips.
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.