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Undertoad 07-21-2020 01:13 PM

I bawt a Tesla
Ask me anything.

Undertoad 07-21-2020 01:16 PM

It is blue

Flint 07-21-2020 01:22 PM

Is that a picture of it?

Undertoad 07-21-2020 01:26 PM


It cost me $1000 to have it in blue. Any color but white is an extra $1000, but I just could not have white, due to the racial. So I made this ridiculous emotional choice to pay extra for a blue one

lumberjim 07-21-2020 01:28 PM

it's lovely. I've never even sat in one. goes fast? handles well? cool tech?

what's you're favorite and least favorite thing so far?

monster 07-21-2020 01:44 PM

Hi UT! It's very pretty. Did you name it?

monster 07-21-2020 01:45 PM

and when are you getting married so we can decorate it appropriately? :D

Undertoad 07-21-2020 01:52 PM

0-60 in 4.4 secs, I think it's like 345 HP

The instant acceleration of the EV is stunning. The throttle lag of the gas car is something we don't really think about. In all gas cars, when you put your foot down, there is a one-mississippi that happens before you get all of the go-fast power. Because the revs have to go up before you get all the torque. That's doubly true of the CVT.

But in the electric car, the acceleration is immediate - all that torque is immediately available and put to the wheels. It's breath-taking.

Most favorite thing: I guess, zero emissions - reducing my carbon footprint for transportation by half. But there are like 10 most favorite things

Least favorite thing: imagining that people think I'm bragging, but all I want to do is talk about how awesome it is and how they are secretly affordable and everybody should get one

You must try it out at the first safe opportunity. I insist

Clodfobble 07-21-2020 01:54 PM

Cool! Pics of the inside? Getting a Tesla is on my list of things to do once I'm not hauling kids around anymore.

Undertoad 07-21-2020 02:00 PM

Tesla actually requires that you name your car. My car's name is "Hope". It is looking to an optimistic future where tech improves things. Also an optimistic future where I stay employed and can make the payments.

Undertoad 07-21-2020 02:16 PM

Married: May 2021 if everything goes to plan and the world is a better place

Undertoad 07-21-2020 02:37 PM

Interior. I really dig the minimal design. No visible air vents, no dash indicators or controls, it's all on the touchscreen. The air vents are hidden and, like everything else on the car, are controlled by that screen.

I didn't get the white interior. That too would have been an extra $1000

All the seating material is vegan-friendly leather, it is nice

DanaC 07-21-2020 02:58 PM

Very cool!

BigV 07-21-2020 02:58 PM


Originally Posted by Undertoad (Post 1055527)
Ask me anything.

Where in the heck have you been?!?!

1 -- Welcome back! (not a question, I know).

2 -- Does it include "Ludicrous speed"?

3 -- How do you charge it? 110 / 220, did it require any adaptations to your home electrical service?

4 -- Have you had the opportunity to park it somewhere that has a public charger? Pay or free?

5 -- Are your cheeks cramping up from smiling so much?

Undertoad 07-21-2020 03:35 PM

1. Not really back

2. No, that's for the expensive Model S. But my partricular Model 3 does have a faster mode. If I ever get tired of a 4.4 second car, I can upgrade: another $2000 turns it into a 3.9 second car. Via software!

3. So far I have only charged it with 110, which adds about 4 miles range per hour. That's more than enough to recharge from my daily commute overnight (once we begin commuting again). I do have a 220v dryer outlet and a $75 extension cord I can run out a window, if I ever need to charge faster at home.

But also, I got a deal: since I bawt an end-of-quarter car from inventory, I get free Tesla Supercharging for a year. That would be nicer if there was a Supercharger within 20 miles, but in any case, it's a thing. They are planning to put in a Supercharger near me... hope it happens within that year...

I am finding the 110v is plenty. In the winter, when it's less efficient, that may change.

4. My four Supercharging sessions have each put about 150-200 miles on, in about 25 minutes. I investigated a free charging station at the next building over at work, but it only has enough juice to put on 12 miles per hour, and it's about a quarter mile walk away... not the best conditions.

There are also for-pay third party chargers near me. All charging is cheaper than gas. At this time I've calculated that I'm paying 3.7 cents per mile to fuel it. Gas is about 10 cents per mile. Not including oil/filters.

5. Yes. I'm not over it. This thing is freakin' amazing.

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