Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Peter asks: Do you have a problem with my car whose range is 310 and is powered by a solar array on roof of our home? It took energy to build the car and PVs, but I figure those will be paid off in 7 years.
My reply: I have a problem with the subsidies used to build your car and which helped you “buy” it at a net loss for Tesla. I also have a problem with the economics of a $40,000-plus compact sedan (EV or not) and any discussion of “saving money.”
What you’ve got is a technically interesting toy, which is fine – assuming you paid for it and the company which built it isn’t being subsidized by the government.
And, let me ask you a question!
Would you have bought your Model 3 if it cost $50,000-plus? That’s the ballpark true cost of this car, absent the subsidies.
And: While it’s nice you can power up at home, what about on the road? The 310 miles you quote is best case; assuming moderate driving and it’s not cold outside. Regardless, if you need to recharge, you’ll be waiting for at least 30-45 minutes while I’ll not only not be stopping as often, I can be back on the road in 5 minutes.
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