Funny you mentioned the TESLA, because I told my husband that I really hated pulling into the lot at the Dentists' Office in a TESLA, because they would get the false impression that "money was no object". We purchased a TESLA four years ago and loved everything about it. Then my husband decided he wanted to increase our mileage range, have the 8 cameras with radar sensors, all wheel drive, and have the auto drive feature, so he purchased a new one a few months ago. It is fabulous in so many ways. I'm sure you will love it! Which model did you order?
Tesla, what a vehicle!
I am proud to say I am a tree hugging, eco-freak, snowflake. We put Solar City panels (a Tesla company) on our roof two years ago. We now enjoy "free" electricity from the sun 12 months out of the year. We expect that the system will pay for itself in 7 years from installation or sooner as electricity rates continue to go up.
The next phase of our plan is a completely electric car to become energy independent. I reserved a Tesla Model 3 on the first day, March 31, 2016. I expect delivery of our car next January or February.....and I am lucky to get it that soon! What happened is that Tesla got about 500,000 reservations for the Model 3 from around the world but those of us in California who reserved on the first day will get the early deliveries. Deliveries are already happening but they are going to Tesla employees first. Today, reservations are coming in at about 1,800 per day! If you place an order for a Model 3 today, you can expect delivery in about 18/24 months.
Why is the car so popular even before it hits the road? For starters, the base price starts at $35K. Then the IRS gives you a $7.500 tax credit and if you live in California you get another $2,500 rebate. So the price of a car that equals a BMW/Audi/Mercedes in quality and nets at $25,000!!!!!!! These incentives won't last forever, so people are jumping on the wagon to strike while the iron is hot. Of course, Ricky would never stand for a base model, so we are getting one that has several upgrade options including the "auto drive feature". This feature is called EAP (Enhanced Auto Pilot) which will eventually lead to a full self driving car. Two days ago, Congress approved self driving as a concept for adoption in the US.
The car is shockingly different! There is no instrument cluster in front of the driver. The only instrument is a screen at the center dash about the size of a 15" laptop in landscape mode. Everything is controlled from the screen and thumb scroll wheels on the steering wheel and voice commands. Some features of the car can be controlled by a Smartphone app from anywhere you can get a signal. The future of personal transportation has arrived!
Lori, we have friends in Northern California that have a Havanese (Abby) and a red Model S Tesla (actually his AND her Model S's). Tesla's and Havanese seem to go hand in hand - fast, sexy, beautiful,and oh so smart! Here is a picture of Abby in her Tesla
Abby reminds me of a certain Havanese by the name of Shama!
Tesla cars have now become more affordable. In my opinion, they will become the norm for personal transportation in as little as 5 years as more auto manufacturers realize that the oil industry is dead for powering cars in the future. This last week I had a 240v outlet installed in my garage to power my car from my solar panels. I picked up my personalized license plates from the DMV today that say...................GAS GBY. Ricky is now ready for his new ride and it will be black and white like he is!