When I was driving an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, I was obsessed with my efficiency. I had a device on my Civic that calculates my miles per gallon (MPG). The higher the MPG, the more efficient I was. As we know, the MPG written on the sticker never matches up on how we actually … More Energy Consumption and EV Efficiency
As someone that lives in the city, Rideshare is extremely important in my life, even more than it was while I lived in Chicago. Here in San Diego, we do have the Trolley and buses, but they don’t run as frequent and the routes don’t cover much of the city, unlike bigger cities like Chicago … More Can Robotaxis work in the city?
I’m still relatively new to electric vehicles and to California. I never actually looked at different electric options provided to me by my electric company. As a renter, the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of money getting a separate meter and outlet only to find myself potentially moving out. I … More March 2019 Cost Breakdown
Literally 8 days after I got the 2019.8.3 update, I got a nice surprise and got 2019.8.5. This update has two new options: the first enables selecting Navigate on Autopilot at the beginning of every trip; the second was to have lane change confirmation. Previously before, Navigate on Autopilot just had speed based lane changes … More Navigate on Autopilot just got an upgrade!
I haven’t talked about any of my updates before. Being new to Tesla ownership, I didn’t really get a firm grasp of what I was stepping into. I’m a tech guy, work in a software company, I see updates all the time. But Tesla is different. And you really don’t understand it unless you have … More Release 2019.8.3
Tesla referrals program is back again. Tesla ended this program back in February due to high cost. So what does the new referral state? Now, each time a friend purchases a new Tesla using your referral code, you’ll both get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging. Each referral also gives you a chance to win a … More Cost of the new Tesla Referral Program
Couple of weeks ago Tesla unveiled the V3 Supercharger with peak charge rate of 1000 mph. They also updating their V2 Superchargers to charge at 145 kW, up from 120 kW. Individuals can see up to ~18% improvement on charging times. Then this past Thursday, Tesla unveiled the Model Y to complete its S3XY lineup. … More Model Y and faster Superchargers will change the urban landscape
Disclaimer: This post isn’t about my feelings about the situation. My blog is always in support of the idea that Tesla can go mass market and do well in urban locales like Chicago, New York & Los Angeles, where majority of the people park on the street or in open lots, where they’ll have no … More OPINION: Why new owners should buy Autopilot and Full-Self Driving post delivery
Now that I’ve owned my car for over 4 months, I started to understand my car. Where I used to have range anxiety before, I have gotten extremely comfortable with my car that I’m willing to push the limits. That said, I knew that I can pretty much rely on charging at work without needing … More January 2019 Cost Breakdown
Disclaimer: I’m not a financial adviser. What I’m discussing here is merely why I gave up my Supercharging. Please consult with your financial adviser before making any financial decisions. So a couple months back, Tesla essentially made a deal with folks that purchased the Performance Upgrade Package: You can get $5,000 refund back, but you … More Why I gave up my free Supercharging!
I’ve have owned my Model 3 for roughly 3 months. During the last 108 days of ownership, I’ve mostly charged at work or at a supercharger. On a couple of occasions, I have charged at home, but that is not ideal. If you remember from my earlier post, charging at my apartment is extremely slow. … More Performance Model 3 – Cost of Ownership 2018 Review
Now that we are in the new year, we all know that the Federal Tax Credit dropped from $7,500 to $3,750. Tesla responds by lowering the price to their cars by $2,000. This is the second time we’ve seen the price drop for Performance Model 3. There are a lot of people that are upset, … More What if I bought the P3D today?
I’ve owned my Model 3 for a little under 3 months. During those months, most of my commute has been to work or around the San Diego area. The furthest I’ve been has been Carlsbad & Temecula, which I made once. I can make those trips without needing to go to a Supercharger. But then … More On the road again…
On my previous post, I did an experiment to see if I can only charge at work. This is a continuation of that where I continued off the weekend where I didn’t plug in my car at all. So in these weeks, I’m starting off of a deficit, unlike the previous week of this experiment … More Charged Up! Part 2
On my previous post, I went without charging at home or work, simulating what it would be like living in the city without home chargers. The majority of the folks that live in a major city don’t have the luxury of a garage, and not many have jobs that provide access to chargers. If Tesla … More Charged up!
Recommend music while reading! Cake – This Distance The long-range battery for the Model 3 has a rated range of 310 miles. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going 310 miles on a single charge. If you are using this for daily driving, it’s recommended to have the battery limiter set to 90%, … More She’s going the distance!
I’ve had the car for a little over a month. One week it was in a shop. The next week I was in SF. I’ve done 1000 miles in basically 2 weeks. What can I say after a month and 1000 miles? It was fun. I’ve had lots of people that want to drive in … More 1000 miles later, cost & lack of range anxiety!
Owning a Tesla was always a dream for me. However, I’m the type of person that refuses to live in the suburbs. I love the city and what it offers. But with that, you have to give up certain things. Like garages. In all the places I’ve lived in Chicago, I never had a garage … More Home charging alternatives
“Holy sh*t!!!” That was what came out of my mouth. I just picked up the car, and I needed to get on the highway. Perfect time to open her up, right? “Holy sh*t!!!” As I entered the entrance lane of the 805, I looked behind to see if anyone was there. With cars quite a … More My initial reaction – Holy Sh*t
If you read my earlier post, you would have seen that my original order was for Model 3 AWD version. This is what I planned on getting when I placed my reservation. I knew that there was an RWD version and eventually an AWD version, but at the time Performance was just speculation. Then when … More Why did I change my order to a Performance Model 3?
During the earnings meeting, someone asked what the most traded in vehicles for the Model 3 was. Tesla listed BMW 3 series, the Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, Honda Civic and the Nissan Leaf. Of the five that they provided, the Honda Civic caught my attention. The Model 3 is a direct competitor for the BMW … More A lot of people are ditching their Civics for a Model 3!
Tesla Referral Program was coming to an end on July 31st. The referral program gave free supercharging to the Model S and X, but the Model 3 was left out of the program. As July 31st came, Tesla extended the program to September 16th. They also included the Performance Model 3 if you purchase by … More Is free Supercharging worth the price of Performance Package on the Model 3?
After 11 years, I sold my Civic. That’s a long time to be with a car. From a technology standpoint, it’s a lifetime. Let’s put things in perspective. My car didn’t have Bluetooth. That wasn’t really an option back then, usually reserved for more luxury vehicles. My Civic had a built-in navigation unit as well. … More Sold my Civic!
Last month, I just happened to log into my Tesla account when I noticed something different: the option to configure the Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Model 3 was finally available! I had to take a deep breath, my wait is near its end! Being on a waiting list for a car is an entirely new … More I configured my Model 3!
There might be individuals that would probably believe that driving an EV means that they won’t have to pay to charge their vehicle. It’s mostly “free” because they are charging at home. Just because you are charging at home, it doesn’t mean it’s automatically free, and you’ll have an enormous cash flow month after month. … More Driving Cost