It’s no secret that Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has an extremely supportive consumer base. Nearly 400,000 people have lined up to get their hands on the upcoming Model 3. Already, the electric car giant is reported to be setting up locations for the affordable Tesla’s production. However, though reservation holders are excited to see themselves behind the wheel of their brand new Model 3, it turns out there is no real pressure for Tesla to speed things up.
Today, LearnBonds takes a look at the shared opinions of a few Model 3 reservation holders. Looking from the outside, it is easy to make assumptions about how it must feel to be in line for the upcoming Tesla. But the electric car maker has proven time and time again that it understands its own business and buyers better than most outside analysts. Here is how a select few feel about certain aspects of the Model 3’s arrival.
This year, Tesla buyers will find themselves slightly less privileged than the rest of the Tesla community. New owners will only be allocated 400 kWh of free Supercharging per year. This equates to around 1,000 miles of free juice, according to Tesla. After that has been used up, Tesla’s new batch of drivers will be subjected to a light fee. According to the company, the cost will be reasonable and considerably less than filling up a gas-fueled car.
Elon Musk, the company’s lead visionary and CEO, has said before that public charging is not an effective way to juice up your Tesla. He tends to use his well-known cellphone analogy to drive the idea home. Where is the real convenience in owning a cellphone if users have to go out to the store every time they needed to charge it? Since your car is an item that is equally as personal, fueling it should be something that is more in the control of its owner.
In a bid to motivate the adoption of home charging stations and turn public Superchargers into a Tesla driver’s contingency, a change to the Supercharger Program had to be introduced. This effectively means that Model 3 buyers who regularly travels long distances will eventually have to pay to refuel their cars. Looking from the outside, this clearly seems like a sore point for anyone who had been relying on Tesla’s famous standard, free Supercharging.
Unfair for Tesla owners?
Buyers might consider this an unfair move, but existing members of the Tesla community have shared their excitement. Having seen far too many backed up charging stations, many of those who plan on getting a Tesla are also looking forward to this transition. Harvey Payne had this to say about the new program:
“As a Tesla Model 3 reservation holder, I’m quite happy to hear this plan. One of the big problems with cross country driving is some Supercharger stations are jammed full of local who should be charging at home, but are just to cheap and inconsiderate to do so. This would only get worse with half a million Model 3s hitting the streets every year.”
The incoming Supercharger program means that by the time the Model 3 rolls out, Payne he will be able to drive his car cross country no problem, with little worry about congestion.
Thomas Moore, another Tesla fanatic, sees no issue with the change either. “Folks who think this is a big deal are apparently unaware of how little it costs to charge a care at prevailing rates,” he stated.
“Most Tesla owners, myself included, welcome this change,” writes Craig Yarbrough. “This will allow Tesla to reinvest in more Superchargers which will help out all the Model 3 owners who will be needing to charge soon. Just in case anyone is wondering how much it costs to charge, I replaced all of the incandescent light bulbs in my 2,000 sq ft house with LEDs before I got my Model X. The reduction in my electric bill is more than the cost for me to charge every day for my 40 mile (rt) daily commute. Even with the Model X, my electric bill is still less than it was only paying to light my home.
Tesla owners are a patient sort.
Tesla owners seem to have a very patient approach to the company’s developments. It would appear as though they see no need in rushing things unnecessarily. Those who are wondering how it is that Model 3 reservation holders can pay and wait around 2 years for their car’s arrival, a quick glance at the LearnBonds comment section should offer some idea of the Tesla community’s attitude.
“Please take your time with the release of the new software,” was one reader’s comment. Commenting as Tesla-Fan, the reader’s sentiments came in response to a LearnBonds article covering the delayed release of the firm’s Enhanced Autopilot.
“We know that the gas guzzler industry and car dealer vultures are waiting for the slightest imperfection in your software so that they can fall upon you! My son’s new Audi has been in the shop for 3 weeks now, and they haven’t been able to figure our what’s wrong with the electronics! The same happened with neighbor Allen’s new high-end BMW. After one month of attempts to fix an electronic malfunction, the dealer finally gave him a brand new car.
Imagine this would happen to a Tesla? It would be a major media circus. Take your time, Elon, and give us the best technology– as you have done so many times before. And if takes a few weeks more than you envisioned earlier, no big deal.
The greatest evil in our times is instant gratification!”
The Model 3’s arrival
Tesla’s history features a trend of not meeting its own projections and over-promising on most of its developments. The delayed release of the Model S and Model X are only some of the most noted aspects the company’s frustrating behavior. While there is hope the company is learning from the mistakes which come from being too ambitious, there are many who believe Tesla will disappoint on its Model 3 delivery goals. Again, some people don’t mind the delay. A few Tesla fans have the same patient attitude toward the upcoming Model 3.
“Tesla is the only auto company dedicated to help save the planet and [most articles] frets about a month here or there. I am a reservation holder and Tesla can take all the time it wants to get it right,” writes a reader who goes by JimGord. Judging by these comments, it would seem that the support behind Tesla is much greater than outsiders might think.
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