In 2008 I converted my wife’s Prius to a plug-in hybrid. I really enjoyed it for 3 days…but then was frustrated by the gas engine constantly coming on. So I purchased my first BEV in March 2009. It was a 2003 Toyota RAV4-EV that I bought on Ebay. I really enjoyed it for 3 weeks…then my wife performed a hostile takeover, because she could easily tell that it was a nicer car than her PHEV Prius. I wanted to sell the Prius and get another BEV. As it would be our second BEV, I knew it had to have a lot of range. The only PEV option at the time was the Roadster. I loved the thought of owning a Roadster, but…man. Every gas car I had ever owned was under $20k. Tesla was having financial difficulties. Everybody I talked to tried to talk me out of it – was I even sure I would get the Roadster? (You had to pay in advance). It took me until July 2009 to wrap my head around paying that much for a car. Placing that order was a very big deal for me. But – no regrets! Since then, we’ve been familiar faces at the Tesla store. In 2012 my wife traded her RAV4 for an S. In 2016 I traded my Roadster for an S. Just a few months ago my wife traded her S for an X. And just this month, I placed an order for a 3. Boy, ordering the 3 sure was a lot easier than ordering the Roadster. Here is a table of some of the differences: Car Roadster Model 3 Price $110,000 $55,000 Range 244 (on an old scale; perhaps 220 today) 310 Seats 2 5 0-60 time 3.9 seconds ~4.8 seconds (Tesla says 5.1) Autopilot Psht. No Yes Fastest charging 19kW 120kW Charging Network 6 single Tesla L2 stations in Southern CA 500 clusters of Superchargers nationwide, plus hundreds of destination chargers, plus all the J1772 stations Nearest charging station An L1 outlet stuffed in a Chargepoint post 700 miles away Several L2 stations 2 miles away Nearest sales/service center 800 miles away 14 miles away Delivery Shipped by truck to my house Pick up at nearby delivery center Tesla’s financial state Had recently laid off ~30% of their workforce. “Tesla Death Watch” was in effect. They had shipped about 300 cars, and were having trouble getting them out the door Still just about to go bankwupt, lol. They have now delivered, what, 300,000 cars? Still having trouble getting them out the door fast enough, though Payment options Full payment in cash before they would start building the car Still no leasing, but they offer financing. And other than $2,500, the balance is not due until delivery Consumer impressions of the brand Nobody I knew had ever heard of them Of those familiar, either very kewl (the vast majority), or a horrible leach on the taxpayers run by a charlatan (common online opinion, but not common in the real world) Consumer impressions of EVsMostly did not know they existed, so unsurprisingly not considering one. Happy to find they could look good, and handle freeway speeds. But the “range anxiety” media storm had not yet started. Range and charging time were not common questions Many more are beginning to consider them. But they still have an awful lot of questions! Quite a few still dismiss them out of hand as impractical or too expensive.