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Old March 15th, 2019, 02:46   #241
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. . . The availability of the standard model tipped the balance? . . .
Yes. I was taking a nap and woke up 3 hours after the $35k Model 3 announcement. So within an hour, I put my $2.5 deposit in on a 220 mi, Model 3:
  • +$1.5k metalic blue paint - it will be easily seen in a parking lot. I would prefer white to reduce heating in the South but not at $2.5k. I'll continue to park in the shade.
  • +$3k current Autopilot - the driver assist functions of dynamic cruise control, lane following, 360 view safety, for safer driving. Tesla reports a 2-to-1 reduction in Tesla accidents and a 6-to-1 ratio relative to NHTSA statistics. It is also a 5-star, safety car in every category.
  • No $3k - electric seats, +20 mi range, and audio do not match our requirements. The 180-220 mi EV range, 2.5-3 hrs, means we'll be taking 30 minute charging and rest stops frequently so we won't be 'living' in our car.
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