For those who follow me on social media (@oneearthconsulting), you will have seen my recent post announcing that I have ordered my Tesla Model 3 Electric Car (the biggest, most exciting purchase of my life!). I wanted to write a quick post about some of the preparations I will be making to make the transition from ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) to full electric.
First a short backstory – I placed a reservation and $1000 deposit on the Model 3 about 3 (ironic, I know) years ago and have been waiting for the base model to become available ever since. Last month, ahead of the latest predictions, Tesla made the standard battery Model 3 available to order. I knew it was now or never…
I plan on using the vehicle as a tool to spread awareness and hopefully increase the adoption of zero emission transportation, so prepare to see a lot of Tesla road trip blogs, appearances at local events, and honest feedback on my transition away from gasoline.
When selecting my car, I was mindful to select a model with practical range for my lifestyle. I don’t commute to work, but I do enjoy occasional road trips and didn’t want my range to be a limiting factor. The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range plus features 385 kms of range on a full charge (the base model goes about 354 kms, and the performance and long range models max out at 499 kms). I factored in that 385 kms would easily get me to Tesla Superchargers in Merritt, Revelstoke, Kelowna, or Kamloops, which basically set me up for road trips in the 4 major directions from home. This would even be possible in winter, when range can diminish by as much as 40% due to cold temperatures and heating the interior of the car. I’m confident that I selected the right model for my budget and needs.
I currently drive a very fuel efficient 4 cylinder car, spending only about $140/month (or approx. $1600 / year) on gasoline, but I am still excited to move my transportation spending away from the fossil fuel industry and into a company which only builds 100% electric vehicles. Taking a quick glance at the 2019 fuel consumption guide (link available here) you will see many popular vehicles cost well over $2500 in fuel per year. Compare that with the Tesla Model 3 ‘Mid Range’ (the closest comparison in the 2019 guide as the standard battery only just came out) which only costs about $400 / year or a meager $30 / month in electricity to operate.
That doesn’t even begin to cover maintenance, which aside from a tire rotation, the Tesla will require basically no annual costs to keep it in operation. I was spending about $250 a year on oil changes and routine maintenance – so I welcome the savings there.
In preparation of delivery, I will be adding a 240 volt outlet next to my parking spot which will allow me to charge at home at a rate of about 25 km per hour, plenty to top up my battery overnight.
I plan on keeping this vehicle for as long as I can, maximizing my savings over the long term. I also plan on looking for ways I can use this vehicle as a tool to spread change, and grow my aspirations.
Stay tuned for delivery in about 2 weeks’ time!