Almost. I would love to have an all-electric car, and the new Tesla Model 3 has been announced. It looks good, but it’s not quite there yet.
My all-electric car will not cost $35,000. That’s a big price drop from previous efforts, but I’ve never spent more than $15,000 on a new car, and that’s with the expectation that I’ll be driving it for a decade or so. Apparently, college professors aren’t the market.
A range of 215 miles is almost there, but the bottom line for this rural person is that I’m about 150 miles away from the Minneapolis-St Paul airport, so just for that fairly typical drive, I need a round-trip range of 300 miles.
They keep touting its incredibly fast acceleration. I’m used to a tin-can propelled by a putt-putt engine. I don’t really care how long it gets from 0 to 60, except that it should be able to get to 60 eventually.
The Tesla name has no appeal to me. I want a car I can get reasonably serviced locally; I drive a Honda, which was a compromise, because we still have to drive it all the way to St Cloud for service. I doubt there are any Tesla dealerships near me, and I know there aren’t any Tesla charging stations in my part of Minnesota.
It sure is purty, though. Maybe I’ll be able to afford a Tesla Model 9 someday, or something used.