Why Tesla has sold over a million Model 3 electric vehicles – from one owner

First, it is an amazing feat for a startup car company like Tesla to surpass 1 million sales of a single model, let alone be able to produce one million cars. Per year. This is made possible at Tesla as Tesla ramps up production at its California factory and its China Gigafactory. With the Texas Gigafactory and the German Gigafactory on the verge of starting production, Tesla will soon be producing five million cars per year. Bottom line: You can’t sell cars you don’t make, and Tesla is making an incredible number of cars.

Let’s start with the demand for electric cars

I have been driving electric vehicles for 7 years, driving three Nissan LEAFs. I’ve driven my Model 3 for two years and 50,000 miles now. My first EV purchase was on February 21st, 2014, when I bought a 2014 Nissan Leaf SV with 80 miles of range and a 24kWh battery. The car was limited to small errands and could not easily make the 83-mile journey to SLC International Airport. However, I was intrigued by the many advantages of an electric car. Smooth silent operation and great acceleration of the car conquered me.

My insight: You have an admonition from the 1800s: “Go west, young man!“And in the 1970s, in the film Graduate With Dustin Hoffman, the admonition for the future was: “Plastic!” I am convinced that the 2020 admonition should be: “Never by another gas car.” You might not be able to buy an EV right now or you can’t find your preferred model and electric car. Extend a few more months or years out of your current gas car and buy electric when you find one that suits you and you’re able to.

I’ve learned that electric vehicle technology is so much better than gas-powered vehicle technology that I believe there is talk for EVs to dominate the world, like they already do in Norway with over 85% penetration. are doing. (Note: Sweden is behind with 50%.) See my list of advantages of EVs below, including gas car parts that an EV doesn’t have. I have come to believe that in my children’s lives, gas vehicles will be seen the same way we see horses and sailing ships now. They will only be used for pulling hayrides and sleigh rides.

I also believe that if you care about the future of our planet, buying an electric car is one of the most important statements a person can make. If you buy an EV, it will not create any global warming, which can lead to CO2 and there will be no fatal air pollution during operation. Think about when you and 20 other cars are idling at the drive-thru at a fast food place. I sit happily in my EV knowing that I only use a little bit of electricity when I’m on the move, and I’m not emitting any harmful fumes for my fellow drivers to breathe.

Reasons why people are buying EVs

  1. They are completely silent (it feels like you are being pushed by the hand when you leave the garage).
  2. They speed like crazy (merge, pass on a two-lane road, and beating the light is a breeze).
  3. They drive smooth like silk.
  4. They are a total hoot to drive.
  5. You will never have to wait for gas (Charge at Home).
  6. No oil change every 3,000 miles.
  7. No emissions inspections done annually or biennially.
  8. No scheduled maintenance every 5,000 miles.
  9. Doesn’t stop twice weekly to refuel and handle a smelly gas pump.
  10. When you drive into your garage it takes 5 seconds to refuel and 5 seconds to exit.
  11. Note: For 95% of your driving, EVs are far more convenient than a gas car.
  12. In a million miles: In theory, only the tyres, windshield wiper blades and fluid need to be replaced/refilled.

Long list of things a gas car is/needs but an EV doesn’t

  1. Stops at a gas station twice weekly to refuel and handle a smelly gas pump
  2. Scheduled maintenance every six months or 5,000 miles (driving to a car dealership and sitting there for an hour or more)
  3. Oil and filter changes (sitting on a serious Jiffy lube for an hour every 3,000 miles)
  4. Annual or biannual emissions inspections (waiting in a critical station for 30 minutes)
  5. Transmission Flush / Fluid Change
  6. worn belt replacement
  7. tune-up
  8. spark plug replacement
  9. Changing brake pads every 50,000 miles (EV brake pads will last 1,000,000 miles with regenerative braking)
  10. Changing the timing belt every 80,000 miles
  11. Water pump replacement (usually replaced with timing belt)
  12. excretory disease and death
  13. Garage dies from CO poisoning
  14. oil (you never have to rag, open the hood, pull out the dip stick, and check the oil)
  15. emission control system
  16. Catalytic Converters (I Spent $2000 On My Highlander To Get 90,000 Miles Instead Of Two)
  17. Exhaust system/pipes/muffler (I’ve spent hundreds of dollars over the years replacing rusted pipes and mufflers with holes)
  18. gas
  19. gas tank
  20. Transmission (I’ve done at least two transmission rebuilds in my life at ~$2000 each)
  21. communication fluid
  22. gas
  23. Gas tank (I had to patch a leak)
  24. Gas Gauge (I have had to replace a faulty gas gauge more than once)
  25. cooling system
  26. Radiator and hoses (I had to replace several radiators due to leaks)
  27. Belts (modern cars have many belts that need to be replaced if they are worn out)
  28. Antifreeze (needs to be flushed and replaced every 100,000 miles)
  29. Starter (I have replaced many starters and starter solenoids in my life)
  30. Alternator (I have changed many alternators in my life)
  31. Fuel Injector (my son-in-law spent $4000 to replace a clogged fuel injector)
  32. ~200,000 miles. Complex internal combustion engine with maximum life of

Note: 1) I personally spent $7000 to rebuild an engine, and 2) An electric motor will last 1,000,000 miles.

Overview: An EV is so much simpler than a gas car that maintenance should be fairly minimal.

Common EV Maintenance Items Only

  1. Tire, windshield wiper and windshield washer fluid
  2. Utah State Mechanical Inspection every 4 years (the first 8 years)
  3. Cabin air filter every two years

I am compelled to list some disadvantages as well

  1. Charging takes longer than gasping
  2. Battery life is limited (but my Tesla battery will last ~1,000,000 miles with tender care)
  3. Out of Charge: Must Tow
  4. shorter range than gas cars

Five white Tesla Model 3s in Beaver, Utah, Supercharger (32 stalls).

Primary reason to buy Tesla in particular: Supercharger

We have a problem – my wife and I spend the winters in Utah and the summers in Wisconsin, so we must be trekking 1500 miles twice every year with our little rescue dog and many of our properties. That means we need a car that can travel cross country. Until my third Nissan Leaf, I couldn’t bear to leave it in Utah, so I actually hired a car carrier to ship it from Wisconsin. Bottom Line: I need a car that can travel cross-country easily.

Tesla is the only company with an extensive charging network that allows its cars to travel long distances. It allows me to do that annual long distance trip from Utah to Wisconsin and back. Not only does Tesla have an extensive supercharging network that covers all major travel routes in the US, but it’s also expanding the network like crazy. It’s adding stalls every day to the most traveled routes. See the photo below of a formerly overcrowded Supercharger in Beaver, Utah, which was recently expanded to 32 stalls. Tesla is also adding Superchargers in locations off major routes, such as two brand new stations in Marquette and Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

1) Tesla Model 3 and X in a Utah garage. 2) Fritz, daughter, and granddaughter e-biking nearby.

More reasons to buy Tesla in particular

  1. Tesla has the most advanced Automatic Driver Assist System (ADAS), with major improvements coming very soon.
  2. Tesla has the most advanced navigation and infotainment systems.
  3. Tesla is the only car company that has mastered frequent systematic software updates, so you basically get a car with new capabilities every few weeks or months.
  4. Tesla has over 10 years of experience in successful EV production. (Note: Chevrolet has now recalled all of its Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models due to a battery fire. It has shut down the Bolt factory because it still hasn’t detected and fixed the problem) .)

The primary reason why customers are specifically buying the Tesla Model 3

  1. It’s significantly less expensive than the Model S and Model X, but it has almost all the features and advantages of its more expensive siblings.
  2. Many high-income customers have no problem recording a Tesla Model 3.
  3. I believe there are a large number of middle-income customers like me who have made the stretch to buy the Tesla Model 3, although it is in a price segment they have never touched before.

How I outgrew the Model 3, which was more expensive than any car I’ve ever bought before:

My brother, a retired doctor, and my daughter, a VP at the time for Adobe, had already bought the Tesla Model S and Model X, respectively. My brother began using Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network to travel long distances across the country to visit his children and grandchildren. However, as a retired NASA scientist, those cars were out of reach for me. I’ve never bought anything more expensive than our $25,000 2004 Toyota Highlander, which now has almost 300,000 miles. In 2018, Tesla released the Model 3 for a starting price of $35,000. We were maintaining both our home in Utah and our lake house in Wisconsin. There was no way we could even pay for the entry level Model 3. Fortunately, interest rates went down again, so it made sense to refinance a home in Utah. I was able to trade in a Nissan Leaf and cash out on a home loan for a Model 3, so I was paying only 3% interest on the car and I was also able to improve my cash flow.

Bottom Line: The Tesla Model 3 was so appealing to me that I found a way to finance a car that was more expensive than any car I’ve ever bought in my life. My rationalization: I was 79, it was now or never, and if I kept at it for 15 years. This will be the last car I will ever buy. In 15 years, it will be less expensive to own than the cheapest gas car I can buy.

More reasons to buy the Tesla Model 3 in particular

  1. This is a gorgeous car.
  2. It handles like a sports car.
  3. It has a gorgeous 20” horizontal screen that controls almost all the functions of the car.
  4. It has a heat and air conditioning direction system that originates directly from the Star Trek Enterprise. The vent extends the entire length of the dash board. Driver and passenger control individual air currents with the swipe of a finger.
  5. It has almost all the features and advantages of the Model S and Model X, like a great sound system, at a much lower cost.
  6. Note: All of these reasons apply to the Tesla Model Y SUV, which also has a lot of cargo room. The Model Y is already outselling the Model 3 in the US. I most likely would have bought the Model Y, but it was not available at the time. However, 95% of the time, the Model 3 meets all my needs and is $10,000 cheaper.

This is just one owner’s knowledge and experience, but hopefully gives some insight into why Tesla is selling every Model 3 and Model Y all over the world. When I bought my Model 3 in October 2019, I only had to wait a few weeks for delivery. Now the demand is so high that the delivery time is up to 6 months.

An e-bike at Zion Canyon in Fritz and Zion National Park, with bikes delivered by Tesla Model 3 with receiver and tray type bike rack.

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