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Old January 15th, 2020, 09:56   #5131
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The Civic I mentioned was simply a random example of something that had a high-enough MPG rating to make getting money out of the Clunker program tough, never said I owned one.
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Old January 22nd, 2020, 16:38   #5132
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This is a great video from Engineering Explained regarding the model 3 as a daily driver. This guy does some really excellent, intelligent vids.

https://youtu.be/cXkRcuwoIm4
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Old January 24th, 2020, 05:48   #5133
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Our Model 3 will roll over 50,000 miles tomorrow. Not bad for 16.5 months of ownership... still in love with the car, as it keeps getting better over time. The most recent addition was the acceleration boost, which brings it up to ~490 HP and 0-60 in 3.8 seconds.

Average speed on long road trips including charging time is 60 MPH. Heading to Austin, Texas next week for the Fully Charged LIVE event.
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Old January 24th, 2020, 07:37   #5134
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Welcome to Austin in advance! COTA (Circuit of the Americas) is a very nice venue. Been to several concerts/events out there. Hope you enjoy yourself! Let me know if there is anything I can help you with, if needed.
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Old January 24th, 2020, 13:13   #5135
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That sounds like a lot of fun. I've been to two F1 races at COTA , and this event sounds like an even better time. Not that they plan to do it, but I'd love to see a Raven Model S and Taycan "turbo" race around the track a few times. They must have plans to utilize that amazing track somehow.
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Old January 24th, 2020, 13:59   #5136
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Should be a big event. Austin has quite a few electric cars now. My employer NXP Semiconductor (formerly Freescale, formerly Motorola) has free charging stations at work now. As do some other employers here. You see the cars on the streets quite often. One of my coworkers drives a Tesla. COTA does have track days, but the cost is high ($1k and up) and you must have experience or instruction to be able to participate. Not to mention a car that complies with the rules. They aren't going to let just anyone go fast out there.
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Old January 24th, 2020, 21:25   #5137
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Our Model 3 will roll over 50,000 miles tomorrow. Not bad for 16.5 months of ownership... still in love with the car, as it keeps getting better over time. The most recent addition was the acceleration boost, which brings it up to ~490 HP and 0-60 in 3.8 seconds.

Average speed on long road trips including charging time is 60 MPH. Heading to Austin, Texas next week for the Fully Charged LIVE event.
That's pretty cool. The only reason we didn't get a Tesla this time around was because when we had the eGolf someone smacked a fender in my wife's work parking lot and we had to tow it 2 hours away to a repair facility that could handle the high voltage. What is Tesla's policy? Do they come pick it up for body damage or it has to be flat bedded somewhere?
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Old January 25th, 2020, 06:23   #5138
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Our Model 3 will roll over 50,000 miles tomorrow. Not bad for 16.5 months of ownership... still in love with the car, as it keeps getting better over time. The most recent addition was the acceleration boost, which brings it up to ~490 HP and 0-60 in 3.8 seconds.

Average speed on long road trips including charging time is 60 MPH. Heading to Austin, Texas next week for the Fully Charged LIVE event.
Yep, AND Tesla’s are ‘Merican made! I get my Y in ‘23!
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Old January 25th, 2020, 06:49   #5139
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Heading to Austin, Texas next week for the Fully Charged LIVE event.
Enjoy, Robert Llewellyn is a hoot.
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Old January 25th, 2020, 08:59   #5140
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This is a great video from Engineering Explained regarding the model 3 as a daily driver. This guy does some really excellent, intelligent vids.

https://youtu.be/cXkRcuwoIm4
Solid rundown of life with an electric car/Tesla!
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Old January 25th, 2020, 10:07   #5141
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That's pretty cool. The only reason we didn't get a Tesla this time around was because when we had the eGolf someone smacked a fender in my wife's work parking lot and we had to tow it 2 hours away to a repair facility that could handle the high voltage. What is Tesla's policy? Do they come pick it up for body damage or it has to be flat bedded somewhere?
Tesla will do some body repairs in-house; bumper replacements and bolt-on items like that. Tesla also certifies local body shops to work on the vehicles, which may or may not be plentiful in your area. You can search for a body shop here: https://www.tesla.com/support/body-shop-support
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Old January 25th, 2020, 15:33   #5142
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Tesla will do some body repairs in-house; bumper replacements and bolt-on items like that. Tesla also certifies local body shops to work on the vehicles, which may or may not be plentiful in your area. You can search for a body shop here: https://www.tesla.com/support/body-shop-support
Thanks for that. As I suspected, the closest authorized shops are about 100 miles away. Do you know if the authorized shops give loaners out when a vehicle is brought in for repair?

When I need a substantial repair from VW, and I want to risk the dealership's hands on my vehicle, I have to drive a couple hours away and then find my way home. But at least body work can be done at any collision center. I don't just have unqualified people in my area, they don't even know how unqualified they are (which I would argue is even more dangerous!). I explained the eGolf was full electric and then took it to Caliber Collision after they said oh yeah sure we can work on that and then called me a week later after they had started removing body panels to tell me to come get it since they didn't know how and didn't want to risk working on a high voltage vehicle
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You would need to contact those individual body shops to see what their loaner policies are. (Or, just carry rental coverage on your insurance.)
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I leased an EV from Mercedes

It was spoooo boring to drive. It had leather seats, XM radio, other luxuries but no noise of any kind. No shifting. I got bored with it

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I leased an EV from Mercedes

It was spoooo boring to drive. It had leather seats, XM radio, other luxuries but no noise of any kind. No shifting. I got bored with it

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I had to use an ICE for the first time in several years a few weeks ago. It was weird. I pushed the 'go' pedal and all it really did was make noise. It did accelerate but just barely
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