Tesla Model 3 Review & Scavenger Hunt Experience

November 16, 2020

Tesla Model 3 Review & Scavenger Hunt 

Julia Moravc­sik shared some insights on what it’s like to dri­ve and own a Tes­la Mod­el 3. She pur­chased it in 2018, dri­ven by a con­cern about the con­se­quences of cli­mate change and inter­est­ed in the autonomous capa­bil­i­ty of an all-elec­tric car. Julia loves every­thing about her car, includ­ing the pre­cise and obe­di­ent way it dri­ves, per­fect steer­ing abil­i­ties, instant accel­er­a­tion, and regen­er­a­tive brak­ing. Its high-tech nature is con­stant­ly improv­ing over time and Julia says it has kept her in love with her car as she is able to update and upgrade to new fea­tures. The Tes­la Mod­el 3 is very safe, with the low­est prob­a­bil­i­ty of injury of any vehi­cle as test­ed by the Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Admin­is­tra­tion, includ­ing an auto­mat­ic lane adjust­ment fea­ture and sta­bil­i­ty con­trol that makes it eas­i­er to dri­ve in poor­er con­di­tions and the snow.

With a 353 mile range and self-dri­ving abil­i­ties, Julia now prefers dri­ving her Tes­la over her pre­vi­ous car, a Hon­da Accord. She’s gone on 3 road trips so far, the most recent one being this past sum­mer to Ohio. Even by using a Tes­la super­charg­er, charg­ing still comes out cheap­er than fill­ing a gas tank. In addi­tion, Tesla’s tech­nol­o­gy makes it eas­i­er to nav­i­gate a road trip by auto­mat­i­cal­ly find­ing charg­ing sta­tions and cre­at­ing the best avail­able route giv­en the charg­ing options. Julia enjoys the road trip process so much more now because she no longer has to man­u­al­ly plan out a route to find gas sta­tions as she’s done in the past. Plus, there’s no need to wor­ry about dri­ver fatigue when the car can dri­ve itself! 

Julia’s advice for oth­ers who are inter­est­ed in get­ting an elec­tric vehi­cle is to fig­ure out the total cost of own­er­ship of the car as com­pared to a gas-pow­ered car. While elec­tric vehi­cles may have a high­er stick­er price, you’ll like­ly be sav­ing more in the long-term due to zero main­te­nance costs and low­er charg­ing costs com­pared to gas prices. Addi­tion­al­ly, test dri­ve the elec­tric vehi­cle of your choice at a local deal­er­ship. Elec­tric vehi­cles have a dif­fer­ent feel to them, due in part to the regen­er­a­tive brak­ing aspect that may take some get­ting used to, but it is a fea­ture that EV-own­ers grow to love. Julia even stat­ed being so com­fort­able with regen­er­a­tive brak­ing that dri­ving her Hon­da Accord felt strange to her. 

Julia has also been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the EV Expe­ri­ence Scav­enger Hunt. She’s com­plet­ed sev­er­al mis­sions, includ­ing “Up Your Charg­ing Game,” “Take Charge Close to Home,” and “Test Dri­ve a Nis­san LEAF.” She’s also planned out a road trip route on her Tes­la, locat­ed a spot where she wish­es a pub­lic charg­ing sta­tion would exist, and test drove a Tes­la Mod­el Y.  Julia is appre­cia­tive of the scav­enger hunt because it gave her a rea­son to final­ly test dri­ve oth­er elec­tric vehi­cles she’s been inter­est­ed in, with­out feel­ing any guilt about not pur­chas­ing them after­ward from the deal­er­ship. As some­one who is fair­ly new to learn­ing about oth­er elec­tric vehi­cles aside from Tes­la, the scav­enger hunt has helped her become more famil­iar with oth­er options and charg­ing loca­tions. Want to join? Get more infor­ma­tion on the Scav­enger Hunt here

Julia's Tes­la Mod­el 3 charg­ing at a Tes­la super charger 

The Tes­la dressed up in its Hal­loween cos­tume for the Long­mont parade

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