As of February 2nd, 2019 Tesla has ended the referral program that benefited both current and new owners. Please see below FAQ I am often asked when discussing Tesla.

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Charging (2)

Most Tesla owners charge at home typically overnight giving themselves a “full tank” each morning. Home charging rate will depend on the type of plug you have installed, but can add 37 miles of range per hour on a 240V, 40A outlet.

While on a longer road trip that requires a charge the best place to charge is at a Tesla Supercharger. Depending on the Supercharger, number of available slots, state of charge and temperature Superchargers can add 170 miles of range per 30 minutes for a Long Range Model 3.

You can find Superchargers using Tesla’s Interactive Map or though the in-car navigation.

The other option are Destination Chargers or Public Chargers. These locations are often Level 2 chargers and charge at a rate closer to like charging at home. Some are provided at no-cost while others charge a small usage fee. I would recommend using Tesla’s Interactive Map, Chargepoint and PlugShare to find these charging locations.

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Tesla has stated that they do not want the Superchargers to be a profit center and will pass on the cost at the lowest possible rate.

  • All new Tesla vehicles require a fee to Supercharge.
  • Where possible, owners are billed per kWh (kilowatt-hour), which is the most fair and simple method. In other areas, we bill for the service per minute.
  • Pricing to use a Supercharger may vary by location, and prices may change from time to time. All prices include taxes and fees.
  • Average pricing information is provided on Tesla’s site and specific pricing for each Supercharger location is shown in the navigation application on the vehicle touchscreen.

Please visit the Tesla Supercharger page for more information,  https://www.tesla.com/support/supercharging.

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General (7)

Currently Tesla has three options for the Model 3, Mid Range Battery (260 miles), Long Range Battery (310 miles) and Performance Long Range (310 miles).

Mid Range starts at $44,000

Long Range starts at $51,000

Performance Long Range starts at $62,000

All pricing is as of January 2nd, 2019 and are subject to change at anytime. For up to date pricing and to start your design visit https://3.tesla.com/model3/design

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It is coming. Elon Musk stated during the Q3 earnings call on October 24, 2018,

“If we could produce a $35,000 car today, we would do it. We need more work, there is more work to do before in order to make a $35,000 car and have it be positive gross margin. We’re probably less than six months from that. That’s our mission.”

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No, at this point of time Teslas do not drive themselves. A large majority of the fleet do offer Autopilot which assists the driver but are not meant to replace the driver. Owners are expected to pay attention and be ready to take full control of the vehicle at all times.

Full Self Driving is on the roadmap but is not currently offered.

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At first I was very nervous and hesitant to try Autopilot. It wasn’t that I didn’t trust the system but it is just one of thew few things you need to get use to coming from an ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicle to an Electric Vehicle. I think by the 3rd drive I started to feel a lot more comfortable and today, almost 4 months after taking delivery there is no second thought on when to active Autopilot.

After having Autopilot and driving with it active you start to look at roads differently. For example in Florida a lot of our exit lanes will split from the far right lane without having a dashed line often times confusing our Teslas. Another thing new drives need to be aware of is the phantom braking where the system believes there is an object in the road. I often experience phantom braking with shadows. A simple light step on the accelerator will return the vehicle to normal functionality without having to reengage autopilot.

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If you did not know/realize the Model 3 does not have the speedometer (and other instruments/readings) in front of the driver as most car functions and information are from the center console screen. It does take a little bit of time to get use to the new layout, but within a few days it becomes second nature. I personally love the minimalistic interior of the Model 3 and with my previous car my phone’s GPS was about the same position of the Model 3’s speedometer so almost instantly I was use to center screen.

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Yes, the Long Range and Performance models come with AWD standard. Mid Range is only offered with RWD.

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Range (2)

As with an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) your range/MPG will very on a number of factors from weather, driving style, speed, terrain, etc.

Tesla Model 3 Long Range have a 310 mile range.

Tesla Model 3 Mid Range have a 260 mile EPA estimate.

Tesla Model 3 Standard Range, when available, will have a 220 mile range.

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Honestly when I first took ownership of my Model 3 “range anxiety” was a concern as this was my first electric vehicle. Then my fiancee and I took a road trip from Florida to Georgia and thenNorth Carolina. The anxiety quickly disappeared as there are a number of superchargers across North America, even when traveling to rural areas, that make the trip possible.

Supercharging does require a small amount of planning, could be as simple as utilizing the in-car navigation or a little more planning using 3rd party options, such as A Better Route Planner.

Supercharging does also require extra time, but for our road trip we planned our charges around breaks for breakfast, lunch, restroom and stretch breaks so we used them to our advantage and would have been the same stops, sans charging, if we used an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicle.

Couple the road trip with Destination Charging and you can be away from your nightly charging routine for easily weeks. We stayed just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina at a resort without a destination charger and about 50 miles form the nearest Supercharger and had no issues anytime during our vacation.

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