Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Daniel writes: Saw your segment on InfoWars about Tesla… I wanted to respectfully say that you’re wrong about the Model 3 not costing $35,000. The base model is for sale for $35,400, and it’s easily the best car to drive on the market. It also provides far more mobility than virtually any car available. If you want to drive one for a day for free, give me a call and I can tell you how – I can promise you that it will change your life.
My reply: You’re right the $35k Tesla 3 is available… finally. After years of Elon taking deposits for cars he failed to deliver. But it’s only available for that sum with the low-performance battery – and only in black.
The range of this version of the Model 3 is 150 miles – best case – and the car, like all electric cars – takes at least 30-45 minutes to recover a partial (80 percent) charge.
If you have access to a “fast” charger.
If not, it’s hours. As in overnight. Wait until tomorrow.
Leaving aside the absurdity of having to wait literally a minimum of at least six times as long as it takes to fully refuel an IC car (5 minutes or less) you now have only 80 percent of the 150 mile best-case range.
So now you’re down to 120.
Which range is further greatly affected by how you drive as well as extremes of heat and cold.
Even assuming 100 percent charge and no loss of range from use of electrically powered accessories such as AC or heat, this car cannot do even a 200 mile trip without at least one lengthy (or overnight) pit stop.
How does this “provide far more mobility than virtually any car available”?
My almost 20-year-old pick-up truck can go 300 miles on a full tank and I can refill the tank to full in 5 minutes almost anywhere, anytime. Its range is not greatly affected by use of accessories such as AC and heat.
That is mobility.
You claim the Tesla 3 is “easily the best car to drive on the market.” By what metric?
I don’t deny the Tesla 3 is quick and quiet. The electric motor makes lots of torque.
But these attributes come at extremely high cost – monetarily as well as functionally. No different, really, than buying an IC high-performance car.
Note that EVs – especially Tesla EVs – are touted for their ability to accelerate quickly, their “cool” tech and their sexiness. I don’t deny any of the foregoing. But they are attributes of indulgence, not economy or practicality.
To get a plausibly practical Tesla 3 – one with a battery that can let the car travel more than 150 miles – and in a color other than black – you will spend close to $50k.
But there is no economic argument to be made for any $50k car – or even a $35k car.
These are high-end cars that happen to be electric.
Which – as such – I have no problem with. I like Porsches, too. But I am not forced to “help” people buy Porsches. Why should anyone be forced to “help” someone buy a Tesla or any other economically idiotic EV?
The truth is that if EVs made economic and practical sense it wouldn’t be necessary to mandate them or subsidize them.
The fact that it is necessary to mandate and subsidize them tells you everything you need to know about the merit of EVs in relation to IC cars as economical/practical conveyances.
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