Wishing people were
AO Gold Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Beautiful UK
I've got a friend who owns a Model X and a friend who owns a Model S.
Both rave about the "ownership experience" but that seems to be mostly to do with touchy feely stuff like the automated software downloads to fix some faults and the fact that the service guys come out to them and are more like techies than grease monkeys. The Model X owner is forever showing us the video of his car doing it's little door dance routine - which was interesting the first time, but less so the 16th time.
The Model S driver likes the fact that his car synchs with his diary and pre-plans his meeting routes to minimise mileage and go via charge spots as required. Nice feature - but I don't need more things to worry me each day, I want fewer.....
Both have mentioned in passing that the cold weather last March did drastically reduce range (by about 50% on really cold days) and both do say they have to plan quite a lot for long journeys.
Having said that - I do like the look of both cars and performance is very strong. Neither have any horror stories about reliability particularly - although they both do seem to have had a fair amount of downloads/visits for cars that are less than 2 years old.
My two fundamental issues are:
1. Initial cost. Both cars are 60k + even used and closer to 100k when new
2. Depreciation concerns for when the next tech leap comes around. If you have a 2 year old Model S when the next generation battery version comes out that doubles the range (as I'm sure it will ) then I expect the depreciation will end up close to 100% overnight as it will be like owning a Betamax when VHS won.
I don't doubt that EVs will be the cars we all drive over the next decade - but I don't want to gamble 60-100k on making that leap. I'm interested around the Model 3 because it may be priced at a level that the gamble is more acceptable. But that would need to mean it costs 30k and I'm not sure that will be the case when it REALLY arrives in the UK and you can buy one in a definite spec.
Interesting times tho!