One Day with my Tesla Model 3

Almost exactly 2 years (more on that process in an upcoming post) after reserving the Model 3, she arrived yesterday just after 9am. It came in a big delivery truck.

After giving it a thorough inspection (with some great help from a neighbor), I signed and figured out how to move it from the end of the street to my driveway.







As you can see above, it estimated there were 215 miles of range charged in the batteries, which is about 70%.

I’m so glad I changed from black with black to blue with white. The colors are badass. It took me awhile to sort through the papers, put on the temp plate, and configure the car. Then it was time to hit the road, which can’t really be explained. I watched a ton of videos and read so many things about the acceleration, but you have to experience it.


I’ve never been in anything so smooth, fast, and fun to drive. When you hit the pedal it goes. With all of the weight being across the bottom, the handling is phenomenal and it corners unlike anything I’ve ever ridden in.

Rarely ever having to use the brake takes some getting used to. Within the first 20 miles I was already used to my speed being on the screen off to the side instead of directly in front of me.

I cruised around to get used to it and then headed over to Midland to pick up my buddy Casey for lunch.


After dropping him off I headed down to the Oakley Vault in Birth Run to buy some new sunglasses to keep in the car. The style is different, but very comfortable. The arms (also knowns as temples I learned) of the shades are blue (my favorite color and of course match the car) and can be swapped out for a second set they came with.


After a workout at the gym and taking a few friends for a ride, “Betty Boost” was getting power hungry so I headed home for the day and plugged her in.


The NEMA 6-20 outlet charges as expected, which I think will be fine for my driving habits.


I racked up 138 miles on the day. I plugged in for about a half hour, while getting ready for the gym, which got me 7 miles of range back. So that would bump the estimated range up to 222 for the day. With 32 miles of remaining range my used mileage came up 52 shy of the estimate. Not bad considering she was launched many times today, which drains the batteries a lot, and a bunch of miles were on the freeway.

When I checked the status this morning after 14 hours of charging, the range was up to 232 miles, which averages out to a recharge rate of 14.3 mi/hr.

Tesla Model 3 Delay

On Wednesday I received an email form Tesla.

Thank you again for your continued support as a Model 3 reservation holder. In the past few months, we’ve made significant progress in production and have started delivering Model 3 to customers in over twenty states.

As we work hard to meet demand, we wanted to let you know that your estimated delivery timing has been adjusted to a slightly later window. You can log into your Tesla Account to view your current delivery estimate at any time.

Thank you for your patience. We can’t wait for you to get your Model 3.

I can’t wait either! The estimate in my account is Aug – Oct 2018, which is 2 or 3 months later than it was. Quite the wait considering I placed my reservation on October 29, 2016.

It doesn’t look like I can extend the lease on my Ford Fusion, which is up near the end of May. I guess I need to get a second vehicle in the next few months that can serve as a primary set of wheels when I turn in the Fusion.

Please Return Your Carts

Yesterday I had to sprint to the front of my Envoy to stop a cart and it still made a pretty good whack, but no damage that I could see. Luckily I heard it coming because it had to be doing a good 15-20 mph across the parking lot.

Trio of Fun

When I pulled in to Meijer to pick up ice cream and Gatorade, I parked in front of this three-wheeled vehicle. The logo on the front says “TRI-FUN” and notice the skull-like hood ornament. I should have waited around to catch a look at the driver.

As I walked down the frozen treats aisle, I quickly noticed some pints of ice cream on sale, priced 3 for $5. I took it as a sign. Three is the number of the day.

Rotors and Pads

I took my TrailBlazer in to get checked out this morning because it started making some grinding/rubbing noises in the back when I was going at slower speeds. Turns out I need new rotors and pads on the back and front. I just love putting money into a vehicle…don’t you?