Yes just curious if it’s tesla that process the rebate in BC because in QC they will not and it’s up to the customer to do so. I myself planing to wait the 7 day period before filling after I had read the terms and conditions of the return program
It's 110km door to door each way, but a half hour of traffic each way adds more drain, and we usually have chores to do at lunch, so the extra capacity would allow us to travel down without have to recharge, which is what I was trying do (i.e. exchange for the larger battery capacity). Otherwise we are very happy with the vehicle. I have taken action outside of Tesla as they have clearly stated that it's tough luck. Hence my warning to other potential buyers out there.
For the homework, although, ultimately the buyer is responsible of informing himself, considering ev technology could be very new to some of us (me included), the sale person could educate the buyer a bit more. When I bought my MR, I didn't know cold temp would have had such a great influence on range and the sale person didn't mention much about it and i didn't know about this forum which was a great source of knowledge for me.Even though cars are rated for the full range of the battery you typically don’t access all of it (regularly, you can in a pinch). You might say run the battery 20% to 90% that leaves 245 km (in daily practice). OP also said he wants to run errands at lunch and might get stuck in traffic (with heat running) and lives in cold country that can easily eat another 30% in the dead of Winter
Absolute no brainer a LR would make sense with that criteria and the OP should have done his home work and obviously didn’t.
As also mentioned if this was a test right from the get go I would have asked right before I signed on the dotted line. Returning a car is still a very big deal.
Names another car company that allows your a 7 day return policy? Maybe every other company needs to up their game?sorry to hear. I was so frustrated with various customer service gaps that I threatened to return the vehicle within the 7 days and i was told that the 7 day warranty doesn't apply because of the BC incentive. I thought that was bullsh*t but in the end most of my issues were somewhat resolved. I still think that customer service sucks beyond one salesperson who was very helpful. I encourage you to put some serious pressure on, including through CBC Marketplace as Tesla needs to up its game in this department.
For the homework, although, ultimately the buyer is responsible of informing himself, considering ev technology could be very new to some of us (me included), the sale person could educate the buyer a bit more. When I bought my MR, I didn't know cold temp would have had such a great influence on range and the sale person didn't mention much about it and i didn't know about this forum which was a great source of knowledge for me.
So you did zero researchExactly, when i purchased the MODEL 3, I never know that:
1. It is not good to charge the battery to 100%, sweet spot is to charge it max to 60-90% and minimum 20%
2. Most of the driving you do is less than 100% efficiency (Unless you decided to turn off the air conditioning, or driving like a grandma, which i do now)
3. Cold weather can decrease the range up to 50%
Those are some very discussed topics on the forum.
You don't need to run HVAC full time. With seat heat full and cycling the heat on and off as needed, you should be under 180 Wh/km at +7ºC.
For driving from Ladysmith to YYJ airport/Buckley Bay (~110km each way), you have numerous options for charging. Supercharging at Uptown (southbound) or Nanaimo at Woodgrove (northbound), as well as destination/municipal chargers on both ends.
SR+ is doable, albeit with charging. Did you have a look at the appropriate homework prior to the purchase?
The LR car would be absolutely no issues. The perfect island car.
Names another car company that allows your a 7 day return policy? Maybe every other company needs to up their game?
Half-freezing in your car is hardly a solution to the range problem!
180 Wh/km ~= 290 Wh/mi is feasible, but only with favorable ambient temps.
Canada tends to be forty at times, and not everyone would be a fan of driving in winters cloths with gloves on.
Sounds like they offered.We're talking about a very specific place, Vancouver Island. <180 Wh/km is more than doable most days of the year because we have more than favourable ambient temperatures the majority of the year. The average winter temperature is +7ºC/45ºF. I'm not talking about being cold in the car - use the heat as you need. I'm talking about compromising on vehicle range, as OP has done.
Hopefully Tesla see's the opportunity to upgrade OP to a LR vehicle.
Sounds mostly like range anxiety. I didn’t read anything that sounds like it doesn’t work.First thanks to the OP for the post. But I am concerned about this 110 km (so 220 km return if I understand correctly) commute not being possible on a car with 350 km of range. Am I missing something? This could be a game changer for me.
Weighing in again, thanks for the great discussion. I am familiar with EV's and range, bought a Leaf for our Municipality some 4 years ago, and installed one of the first level 2 chargers in my area though the BC grant program at that time. I was torn between the regular and extended range battery, and after driving the standard range version for a few days decided the longer range would have been worth the extra cash. I mistakenly thought that the 7 day thing was Tesla's way of letting customers get to know the vehicle with little risk... and the $5k grant would apply to either car anyways so I thought that a switch to the bigger battery would make sense to me, and shouldn't be an issue based on their advertising. Car works just fine otherwise, and yes there are L2's in lots of places, so there will likely always be a place to charge when on the road etc etc. It's not about customers having to do research, it's about an advertised return policy. Yes other folks don't offer it, but if they don't, they don't advertise it. There are laws about deceptive advertising in BC, and in other areas as well. It speak to unfair trade practices, and is one of the reasons you can't see cars without registering with VSBC, each saleman has to register to sell cars. Yes, if you dig on the website you'll find the fine print, but that will be up to Vehicle Safety BC to determine if this is sufficient, along with NO discussion of the policy 'exclusion' at time of sale.
Meanwhile, I am warning potential buyers.