I live in the same place and do those destinations more than once a year. You will absolutely not have a problem with range on an SR+! I can start with 90% in east van, in the snow, with winter tires, drive to whistler and back to Squamish for a 15 minute supercharge then back to Vancouver with about 20% left. For your reasons, you should not waste the extra money on an LR.Hi everyone,
Long time lurker, first time poster.
My wife and I are finally taking the plunge to purchasing our first Tesla - a Model 3 and we have some questions.
1. We're looking at purchasing the SR + base model. We are using it mostly for city driving in the GVRD. We may take a road trip up to Whistler and/or down to Seattle once a year. Would it be worth it to upgrade to the AWD Long range for the extra $10k?
2. I already have a Tesla account set up, but want to use a referral code from a friend. Can I still do so? We're planning to head down to a Tesla store to test drive the Model 3 later this week and if all is good we will place the deposit. Would it be possible to use the referral code at the store or does it have to be done online?
3. Other than the 1500 km of free Supercharging in BC, are there any other incentives from Tesla Canada right now?
4. Despite being a big Tesla fan (and shareholder) for many years, I have never, ever sat in a Tesla, much less driven one. Is there anything in particular I should pay attention to or ask when I'm driving and at the store?
For city driving even in the winter if you can charge at home it’s a no brainer just get the SR+. Maybe if you can’t charge at home MAYBE consider the LR for convenience of charging less often, but that’s like an extra $18,000 to create such convenience.
I charge to 80 nightly this winter and drive around the city (not a big distance, but lots of sitting in traffic) and I don’t think I have ever ended the day less than 35%. I drive Up to cypress to go skiing and get home with over 60% remaining. If you aren’t leaving the lower mainland it’s a crazy waste of money to get the LR. RWD worked great in our brief snow last month.
Sure, get the LR for other reasons maybe like faster acceleration and AWD and speakers and heated back seats etc, but not for your stated use/reasons.