I received FSD 10.3 the last week of October and have been testing it over the past month. There are features that need improvement. Undoubtedly Tesla is working on this and some of these issues will hopefully be improved shortly, but here is what I’ve noticed:Continue reading
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To Monterey in an EV: Then and Now
July 2021. Monterey, CA.
Five years ago we drove our Rav4 EV to Monterey to cool off and visit the aquarium. We’d added QC Charge‘s JdeMO DC charging port to our Rav, which greatly reduced charging time and made the trip doable. The kids got to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium and other landmark buildings in the area. Great trip, and all electric thanks to QC Charge.Continue reading
Tesla Model 3: Three Year Review – Energy Used & Emissions (Part 3)
April 2021. California.
Part 3 of my three-year review covers: Energy Use and Carbon Emissions from driving 42,500 miles in our Model 3. Links to Parts 1-4 of the review are at the bottom.Continue reading
Tesla Model 3: Three Year Review – Driving, Charging, and Battery Status (Part 2)
April 2021. California.
Part 2 of my three-year review covers: The places we’ve been; Where we charge; and Battery pack status. Links to Parts 1-4 are at the bottom.Continue reading
Tesla Model 3: Three Year Review – the Basics (Part 1)
April 2021. California.
Part 1 of my three-year review covers: Reliability inside and out; What could be improved; and What I like. Links to Parts 1-4 are at the bottom.Continue reading
Supercharging II: 800 miles in a day
March 2021. California-Grand Canyon: There & Back
This spring we drove to the Grand Canyon to get outdoors and to get a break from virtual schooling during our children’s spring vacation. This post is a ‘road trip primer’ for those considering an EV and is another example to demonstrate that electric cars work well for families.Continue reading
Supercharging I: Solo Road Trip
December 2020. California and the American Southwest.
The driving range of electric cars on the market today can easily meet the daily driving needs for the average person. In my case I charge my Model 3 for about 2 hours every night in the garage for daily driving. But what about charging an electric car on longer drives and road trips?Continue reading
Electric Road Trip in the Tesla Model Y
July 2020. California.
Last week we took our Model Y on a short road trip to visit Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. Crater Lake is 350 miles from our town, not very far, but it was a long enough drive to get a feel for what it’s like taking the Model Y on road trips.Continue reading
Model Y Delivery and First Impressions
June 2020. California.
In March of 2019 we reserved a long range dual-motor Model Y with standard wheels in midnight silver. Yesterday we went to our local Tesla Service/Sales Center to pick it up. We had been scheduled to pick up our car back at the end of March 2020, but at the last moment delivery was understandably delayed by the pandemic. Three months later we got our car on the summer solstice.Continue reading
Prepare for Delivery: update
April 2020. California.
Update: Around March 25, 2020 Tesla reached out and indicated that we could get delivery of our reserved Model Y by March 31.Continue reading
Charging your EV at an RV Campground
February 2020. California.
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 range (and a warm cabin).Continue reading
Electric Road Trip: Touring the American Southwest in a Tesla Model 3
October 2019. American Southwest.
In October 2019 I went to New Mexico for 5 days of work. The trip to Albuquerque would have been about 1200 miles as the crow flies, but rather than fly I drove there in our Model 3. The full trip was 2,700 miles through 6 states. I used 17 Superchargers and paid $92.66. Driving electric reduced my emissions by over 70% compared to driving a car that gets 25 MPG (or burns 9.7L / 100km).Continue reading
Mobile Service for your Tesla
September 2019. California.
Mobile Service is one of the unique benefits that Tesla provides to make car service easy on the owner. This week I experienced Tesla’s Mobile Service first hand.
Travelogue: Weekend Camping with the Model 3
August 2018. California.
Late last summer we decided to head out of town for one last weekend getaway before the kids started back to school. So we loaded up our Model 3 for a weekend of camping in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Continue reading
Day Trips in the Tesla Model 3
August 2019. California.
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.