Tesla Model 3 First Ride Is Giggly – Video

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Tesla Model 3 first rides near Gigafactory

It comes as no surprise that people’s first rides in a Tesla Model 3 arouse plenty of laughter.

It’s an EV thing, right? Of course, practically anyone getting in a Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode for the first time would likely be awestruck by the initial acceleration. This is not only because it’s the fastest accelerating car on the road today, but also because the instant torque of an EV powertrain is something that just can’t be explained … it must be experienced.

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Tesla Model 3

However, it’s not only a top-of-the-line Model S that will cause such a sensation. This is true of many EVs. Even the Chevrolet Volt or Bolt, and their ~6.5 or 8 second zero to 60 mph sprints, surprise ICE drivers as soon as they push the pedal.

The Tesla Model 3 in its current configuration (long range edition) hits 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Like all Tesla vehicles, it nearly jumps when you push the pedal down. As you can hear in the recent Instagram video (below) shared by jnchel, it’s sure to conjure up quite a few happy giggles.

If you took the same video in a notoriously fast ICE car, there’s no doubt you might hear similar reactions once the car reached a certain speed. But off the line, when the vehicle is still struggling to get its engine at max, it’s surely not as exhilarating as the instantaneous, push-you-back-in-your-seat kind of thrust of a Tesla vehicle.

Jnchel wrote in the comments section:

“This was a completely unexpected and thanks for bringing the infamy to my laugh….i always thought it may have been a bit special 🙂 the ride was fantastic so I am hoping that this encourages everyone to go for a drive to test it out!”

“equate it to the high I get when u go full throttle on a jet ski or the nervous giddiness when u are approaching a drop on a rollercoaster”

As reported by Electrek, Tesla Model 3 deliveries are now reaching outside of the area immediate to the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. The site reported that employees in other states are starting to receive their cars and a Model 3 was recently spotted heading as far as Louisiana. The above video was captured at a first ride event for employees in Nevada, at the Tesla Gigafactory. It’s assumed that there is a multitude of Gigafactory employees that will soon be taking delivery of the world’s most anticipated new vehicle.

Tesla will continue to expand its deliveries as time moves forward. The month of September will still be small in terms of production, but October is supposed to begin the transition to customer deliveries (meaning outside of Tesla employees). The first customers to receive the opportunity to bring their reservation to fruition will be those in close proximity to the Tesla factory who currently own a Tesla vehicle and made their reservation earliest.

Tesla has a long road ahead, and many folks won’t see their car for a year or more. But, perhaps as these vehicles begin to roll out on a more regular basis, and in a variety of locations, more people will be afforded a chance to take a ride in one and “LOL” from the unique sensation.

Source: Electrek

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I think the autobiz is underestimating how important the Model 3 will be on the industry. I think it will be a tipping point.

Why do you say that?? It seems to me that there are a lot of legacy companies that are clearly working the problem and rolling out concepts and new models pretty quick. The Jaguar I-Pace, the Buick version of the Bolt, the next gen Nissan Leaf and possibly the Audi E-Tron and Buick version of the Bolt will be delivering at or before most people in the Tesla cue ever get their Model 3s.

I don’t think they are underestimating at all. They see a small, but rapidly growing market and are reacting to it. So companies more than others. What is being underestimated is legacy car companies ability to bring new models and new EVs to market fast if they choose to. The Bolt is proof of that.

The supercharger network is a big differentiator, as is the commitment to volume. The Bolt is nice but GM is not really committed to high volume. The Germans are just announcements so far.

For many people the dealer-free buying experience seals the deal.

GM will build as many Bolts as anyone cares to buy. They are sitting on lots now. Anyone in America that wants one can have one. If they sell out they will build more for sure. How “committed to volume” do they need to be?? Do they need to build even more so they can pile them three high on the lots to satisfy this commitment?

I maintain that the Bolt has 2 big problems:
1) It is a $37.5K car that looks just like any other $15K economy car (Honda Fit, Versa, etc.)
2) The lack of a good 100+KW DC fast-charging network like Tesla’s supercharger network.

Those 2 issues will cause it to sell a fraction of what the Model 3 will sell. It’s still a nice car and offers hatchback functionality for those that need that. But if you don’t need the hatchback functionality, I’d be really hard pressed to come up with a reason to get the Bolt instead of a Model 3.

Bolt has front wheel drive, standard, which is good for slick conditions.

Bolt’s range is more than the base Model 3.

The Bolt doesn’t have a polarizing, minimal dash. It has displays & buttons, as most consumers will expect.

Model 3 options are very expensive, so you either need to wait much longer for the base model or shell out thousands of dollars.

You don’t want to wait 12-18 months for a Model 3, when tax credits might be going away.

You want to use Android Auto or Apple Carplay.

You actually want discounts from MSRP, something you’ll be able to negotiate at a GM dealer.

You want lots of thorough reviews from a car that has seen thousands of consumer-driven miles, not a car with a handful of spy shots & employee short videos.

This is all on top of the Bolt’s better cargo space and versatile hatchback design, but you said “if you didn’t need that”.

as well as….

Easier entry/exit.

Upright seating positions front and rear.

Far more extensive service network in the event service is needed (recalls, etc.)

Oh, and don’t forget the Model 3 is a relatively big car, which makes its lack of cargo space even more frustrating. The Bolt will be easy to fit into parking spaces & narrow paths, without compromising cargo space.

The small footprint is the only one of the things you list that persuasively goes in the “advantage: Bolt” column for me. But we are frequently told Americans don’t want small cars, so for the overall market this is presumably still a negative, my preferences notwithstanding.

@Dav8or, justanotherguy50, stuart22
If Chevy Bolt is as good as you guys say then why it didn’t sell very well ? Two months ago there was more than 100 days of supply of Bolts on dealer lots. Also, some dealers in California had huge discount on Bolt, up to $5,000 or more.

The Bolt isn’t “cool,” apparently.

The BOLT isn’t ‘cool’ for a variety of reasons, including the long list of ‘practical’ points that you apparently feel are in its favor.

Lots of reasons, image being a big one. And yes – people commonly make decisions which are tainted by prejudices and bad assumptions. Case in point: Donald Trump. The Great Negotiator has not lived up to his image. On the flip side of this is GM. The company that ‘killed’ the electric car is in fact an EV world leader with its brilliant engineering and product execution. EVs are still a niche market populated by too many who continue to write GM off as the company they used to be rather than giving them credit for the leadership role they have earned with products like the Volt and now Bolt. That the Volt & Bolt carry GM’s lowest priced nameplate is a turnoff to many. The market is full of buyers who wouldn’t consider anything other than a prestigious foreign brand. With the exception now being Tesla. The Tesla effect has not rubbed off on the traditional, established American automobile brands. Elon is proceeding to redefine the American automobile and in so doing, market perception between his company and the established companies like GM is very much split – Tesla being the David and GM being the Goliath; the underdog… Read more »

Stuart22 – you forget that the Bolt is basically an LG car. It looks ugly compared to the Tesla Model 3, is technically less capable than even a basic model3 as it Will go further, more quickly on a trip thanks to Superchargers. The same roadtrip would see faster time to final destination because of this. And that, is what joe public cares most about.

“is technically less capable than even a basic model3 as it Will go further, more quickly on a trip thanks to Superchargers”

If you are going on very long, 500+ mile road trips, probably. I’d rather fly.

The supercharger is impressive, I just wish there was a better car to access it.

Another example of writing off GM’s role in whatever positive can be said about one of their products.

Probably the most important thing LG did for the Bolt was to speed things up in getting it out to market. It was more about delegation of things that could have been done in house to one of GM’s important and capable outside sources.

And regarding Superchargers – the Model 3 is bound to expose the network as being inadequate to serve Tesla owners without waiting in line for a charger to become available.

@stuart22 wrote, “And regarding Superchargers – the Model 3 is bound to expose the network as being inadequate to serve Tesla owners without waiting in line for a charger to become available.” Every time someone writes this drivel it is wrong, because it presumes that Tesla will stop building and expanding the Superchager Network, or that they already have. – On March 31, 2016 when the Tesla Model ☰ was unveiled, there were 592 Supercharger locations in the world. 273 of those were in the U.S. and Canada. – On December 31, 2016 there were 782 Supercharger locations worldwide. By September 1, 2017 there were 950 Supercharger locations worldwide. – On December 31, 2016 there were 362 Supercharger locations in the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico. By September 1, 2017 that had grown to 426 Supercharger locations in the U.S. and the rest of North America What remains ‘inadequate’ is your assessment of the situation. With over 250,000,000 ICE vehicles in use in the U.S., there are fewer than 120,000 gas stations. Of those, only 25,000 or so are operated by SHELL Oil. That’s a potential of 10,000 Customers per location for SHELL. No one is predicting doom… Read more »
@stuart22 — How can being in third place, a distant third behind Nissan and Tesla, qualify GM as being a ‘world leader’? The VOLT, by all rights, is a far better vehicle than the Toyota PRIUS. Yet, while the PRIUS has seen U.S. sales in excess of 100,000 units in at least 11 of the past 12 years, the total number of VOLT sales since its inception has barely cleared 100,000 units in the U.S. That shows that GM has no intention of ‘leading’ at all. BOLT has only ‘lead’ by being ‘The FIRST!’ to offer a fully electric vehicle with an EPA rated range in excess of 200 miles for under $40,000. Beyond that? It is no ‘leader’ at all. Because it costs a lot more than other vehicles from GM that are arguably better cars — the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac ATS. Once again, plenty of Chevrolet vehicles can be purchased for amounts that exceed or crossover with pricing from Buick and Cadillac. The Chevrolet MALIBU in top trim costs as much as a LaCrosse or ATS, and is a very good car — far better than the BOLT. The ‘Tesla effect’ is that people pay very close… Read more »

Comparing the Bolt to ICE cars shows everyone that you just don’t get it.

The only one of those that I find compelling is that the Bolt is available now and your more likely to get the tax-credit.

The minimalist dash will bother some people.

The range is kind of a non issue. I’d much rather have 220 miles range with Supercharger network access than 238 miles range and just slower CCS charging.

That is the only thing I find compelling about the Model 3: access to the supercharging network. Considering I charge 99% of the time at home, and CCS is fine for me otherwise, it carries little weight in my overall decision.

Enhanced autopilot and full autonomous on the way are 2 more reasons why buying a Bolt over a Model 3 would be retarded.

The 310 mile battery option only puts the Model 3 $6500 away from the Bolt’s low range price.

Model 3 will receive wifi updates and service via wifi. The Bolt won’t.

Game over Bolt. Thanks for playing.

Meh. At this point the autopilot stuff doesn’t seem to be worth the money. Maybe it will be eventually. But Tesla is still playing catch-up from when they dumped mobileye.

“Model 3 will receive wifi updates and service via wifi. The Bolt won’t.”

Not true. The Bolt can indeed receive OTA s/w updates.

I think that the problems for the Bolt are more of perception than reality, but that’s still something that will hurt it.

Mainly I see it as you suggest a cheap looking car for a lot more than people expect.
Of course all the things you mention are true too, but I would add to that handling and ride, comfort (thin seats), while not bad, don’t compare well to the M3.

How about the fact that NONE of the legacy manufacturers put one single dime into marketing their EV’s?? Look at GM- Volt AND Bolt, game changers in their own right and they don’t breath a word about them to the masses. Because they DON’T want to sell them. Period. It ain’t the Bolt’s fault that it sits on the lot. It’s the adopted step-child that quietly sits behind the scenes and cleans up the table when everyone is finished eating.

And how important is advertising anyway? Well gee, how about every third commercial that plugs F-150’s- the single best selling vehicle on the market. Think there’s any link between it’s sales and it’s marketing budget?

Well, the margin difference on a Bolt vs. an F-150 is probably significant. My guess is that GM might be lucky to break even on Bolt (zero margin) whereas Ford makes 5k on every F-150 truck it sells. If you were an auto executive responsible to shareholders for your companies profits, what would you do? Explain to your shareholders that the Earth might raise 0.2 degrees less in 100 years if your company sacrifices all profit to push more consumers into EV’s? Good luck with that.

This is it. GM makes money on F-150s, not Bolts. The Bolt is an amazing vehicle, and if they marketed it heavily, it would sell much better. F-150s bring in the money though, so the advertising dollars go to the money makers.

That is why it is up to us to make sure people know about the Bolt (and all other electric vehicle options).

GM doesn’t sell F-150s.

Yeah, that would be Ford, see the “F” in F-150, is sort of a give away.
Chevy makes the Silverado.

How much has Tesla spent on advertising? You and all the rabid Tesla fans are their advertising, that and Twitter. I think GM was hoping for the same. They’re likely losing money on each Bolt, spending big dollars on advertising likely only makes them lose more. If they had TV ads, two page spreads in popular magazines, billboards all up and down the highway and non stop jingles on the radio, would you then buy one?

Unlike Tesla, GM shareholders are expecting a profit every quarter and many of them, I dare say most, probably aren’t all that keen on electric cars. Tesla shareholders seem to be banking on the idea that Tesla will be the end all and be all of all future things and Elon will unite us all and take us to Mars. So for now they’re OK with no profits.

No. GM was hoping that Tesla would simply… ‘go away’. Tesla let the traditional automobile manufacturers know as early as 2012 that they intended to take on the darling of the ICE industry, the BMW 3-Series, with their mass market attempt. But no one believed them.

So, rather than building a BOLT that could potentially defeat their own 3-Series competitor, the Cadillac ATS, GM decided to offer their iteration of a fully electric Honda FIT — for a $20,000 premium. That was the wrong strategy, just as was releasing the Cadillac ELR for a $35,000 premium over the Chevrolet VOLT, and a $40,000 premium over the ATS Coupe.

Ordinarily, the ‘halo effect’ of winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year award would be more than enough to justify the expense of advertising for a GM car. But not this time. Because GM doesn’t want to sell long range fully electric cars. They want to sell gas guzzling pickup trucks and SUVs.

They are reacting — too slowly. Historically speaking? Traditional automobile manufacturers responded much quicker to the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Caravan than they have to the Tesla Model 3. For the past three years, they have been speaking of cars that will come in three-to-five years, and they still are, with just about nothing to show for it. The BOLT is effectively the car that some Tesla Naysayers thought the Model 3 would be — and they were wrong.

Not quite ‘Anyone in America’ can buy a BOLT. GM won’t allow them to be sold outside of CARB States so far. And, there was no commitment to making sure they could be Serviced nationwide either. The same cannot be said for the SILVERADO or CRUZE. You can get either at any Chevrolet dealership, and every single one can be serviced in full at all of them. Well, Tesla is committed to 100% of their volume being fully electric vehicles. The least that GM could do is commit to 1% of their annual worldwide volume. Since they manufacture on the order of 10,000,000 vehicles per year worldwide, then offering a fully electric car with a manufacturing volume of at least 100,000 units per year would make for a good representation — to start. But the BOLT is basically just a Honda FIT with Chevrolet badges and a fully electric drivetrain for a $20,000 premium. No one could possibly hope to sell 100,000 of those at that price point. You know what though? BMW has historically sold from 350,000 to 500,000 of the 3-Series per year worldwide. Maybe, if someone were committed, they could build a car to go after its… Read more »

The importance of the model three is how competitive it is in its price class regardless of power train. That is yet to be seen for the competition.

Well, we’ve seen what the traditional automakers have done. Other than GM, Nissan, & BMW, most have made only half-assed attempts at building plug-ins and their cars have barely sold. And now they are far behind.

The high-end sports sedan market has finally woken up but it didn’t happen until Tesla swallowed up nearly 1/3 of their market share. It will be years before they have a decent product on the market. And will have enough affordable batteries to put in them?

But most importantly, as Alonso pointed out, they all lack a good DC fast-charge infrastructure.

I think they are all still dragging their feet.

..and shouting we are the fastest of runners.

I think there could be an intangible aspect about the Model 3 beyond price and range that make it appealing.

There are tons of fan videos out there of people giggling and having a blast driving the S and now the 3. You just don’t see videos of people driving a Bolt or a Leaf having a blast. Even the i3 which is quite fun to drive doesn’t have the same kind of fan base.

The 3 might be a rare combination of things that simply makes it a somewhat affordable tech oriented car that is also really fun to drive.

The M3 is Teslas IPhone moment and signals the Kodak/ Nokia moment for other car manufactures. Just like Kodak developed the first digital camera , GM developed the first EV. Both companies waited for the market so as not to canabilize existing revenue. Kodak is no longer a company.

Other car makers are like Nokia . They just cram features into existing shell.

The Tesla EV is disrupting the market by redefining what a EV is. Like an iPhone , sleek , pure , minimalist but full of applications that are network enabled.

Tesla will also be connected to the 4,000 satallites being launched by SpaceX. This will allow capabilities not easily reproducible by the other Auto Makers .

Minimalist alright, no proper dash. Fail.

What do you mean by “proper dash”?

One that you would use to actually drive the car, not just ride in it. One that doesn’t create a single point of failure for the whole car. One that isn’t so vulnerable when you’re shoving that surfboard in as Elon suggested. One that doesn’t look like a iPad stuck on a Ram Mount bolted to a log.

Stuff like that I imagine.

Time will tell. The interior has already grown on me. I would bet future vehicles will head this way. Others will look very dated.

I hate the huuuge size of Tesla’s steering wheels.

Do you have small hands?

I need to get my hands on it… and play w/the steering wheel controls.

There certainly will be a number of people that refuse to get a Model 3 due to the lack of a traditional dashboard. So be it.

I think they are a minority and even most of them will eventually change their minds. Just like all those people that loved Blackberry & Treo phones with physical keyboards learned to let them go in favor of full display phones.

I think the minimalist dash significantly simplifies assembly since a large number of little parts that need to be installed by a human inside the car are eliminated. This will help reduce Model 3 cost in parts and assembly time. It’s a trade off that is well worth losing some customers over.

Yeah, the same way everyone now uses iPad and Notebook/Desktop is thing of past.
The fact is touchscreen sucks. The selling point of iPhone was the screen. It was double size compared to Blackberry. This counts at in small devices, like a cell phone.

A car is NOT a smartphone. Giving some evidence that “iPad on wheels” was a bad move from Tesla
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/01/11/tablet-sales-fall-third-successive-year-pc-market-stabilises/

“our research showing that millennials typically prefer laptops to tablets”

“There are three consumer devices that are leading tablets by a large margin: TVs, smartphones, and computers. It seems unlikely that the tablet will ever displace these devices. Apple has seen iPad sales fall to their lowest level since 2011″

I’m sure you mean lack of an instrument clutter…It is a very odd omission as it isn’t all that complicated nor expensive or they could have added a HUD for even cheaper, tons of OBDII HUDs on ebay/amazon for $25…I owned a center mounted instrument cluttered car before, you get used to it in no time…I believe it was done to “upsell” the S/X and even in the comparison between the S and 3 the instrument clutter is mentioned…

I agree that market segmentation is probably another reason. You want the full dash…then buy a Model S.

The problem faced by Tesla is the expiration of the $7500 gov subsidy when the 200,000 unit mark is reached, which will occur even before the first year’s full Model 3 production.
The M-B CQ A electric reportedly has a $40,000 price tag and 300 plus driving range and its govt subsidies, giving it a $11,500 price advantage over the Model 3, and its is not a sedan, but a far more popular hatchback.
M-B also has a worldwide service and repair network, a substantial problem apparently for Tesla Motors.

Hatchbacks are not more popular in that price range.

Check out this article: http://insideevs.com/when-will-the-7500-us-credit-expire-for-the-tesla-model-3-and-everyone-else/

It says unlimited sales for 6 months after the 200k mark is reached qualify full $7500 tax credit. Most if not all current M3 reservations will get their tax deduction.

Tesla has already sold over 100k cars in total. The 200,000 applies to electric cars per manufacturer, not per electric model. Tesla continues to sell Model S and Model X’s and that hastens the beginning of the end of the full tax credit. Analysts are projecting that Tesla will hit the 200,000 mark sometime in 2018 Q1 which will begin the phase our period.

Roy, you just hit on a very important aspect of the tax credit standards. Each car maker can sell an UNLIMITED amount of cars, each getting the full $7500 credit, in the 3.1 to 5.9 months following the sale of the 200,000th electric car.
So if Tesla plays it right, and you can bet they will, and sells the 200,000th car on the first or second day of the quarter, they will be able sell a million 3’s over the next 5.9 months, because the law states that the credit will remain in full amount for that quarter and the quarter after that.
Obviously, not even Tesla will be able to deliver a million cars in less than 6 months, but they will be fully ramped up by the time 200k rolls around, so you can bet there will be a selling frenzy for those months coming up to the reduction of the tax credit to $3750. But even then, they STILL have 6 more months with a tax credit of $3750, which isn’t bad, and again that credit can be applied to an UNLIMITED amount of Teslas.

They won’t be fully ramped. “200k day” is early 2018. 10k/week is scheduled for late 2018, and may be later depending on demand.

If all goes well, the first 120k or so Model 3s will get the full credit.

I hear what you are saying, Dog, but I wouldn’t put it past Tesla to shift sales overseas late this year and in the first quarter of next year to shift 200k day to April 2nd, thereby keeping the full credit until the end of September.
The final 5.9 months of full credit 3 sales are going to be a pleasure to watch, whether Tesla is fully ramped up for all of it or not.

More BS from a not just anti-Tesla troll, but serial anti-EV troll Kent Beuchert.

See his anti-Ev comment here on another forum:
http://www.theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/84661/baby-you-can-drive-my-electric-car-evs26#comment-27956

I wonder what his real reasons are for being anti-EV?

Tesla’s cars are doing very well competing against German luxury brands not just in America but all over the world.

Tesla already has the lowest costs for batteries and this advantage will continue to grow and substitute for temporary incentives.

Not quite. It triggers a phase-out of the federal tax credit, beginning in the Quarter after Telsa delivers its 200,000 car in the U.S.A. The whole phase-out process takes over a year.

Given the quickly falling costs of batteries as production ramps up at Gigafactory 1, Tesla’s retail prices will likely keep pace with the phase-out.

So sales will be unaffected and Tesla profits will be unaffected. Going forward, as battery prices continue to drop, Telsa’s market share and its profits continue to go up.

This BTW was the intention of the Federal tax credit all along. Tesla understood that and planned accordingly. The burning question is will other automakers follow suit, or will they be Found On the Road Dead?

Why should the GM network be a problem for Tesla, unless of course you take your Tesla there to get it fixed?

Btw I would never take my car to be fixed at a dealership, (rip-off artists) unless it was a recall which would not bet too unlikely.

So when do we configure?

I hope they don’t ask me to configure before I get to touch and feel one

Do not doubt. Do not question. Only buy and go forth to spread the word.

You get to configure when your place in line comes up.

They are planning to get Model 3s to the showrooms for test drives once production is getting up to speed. So, probably late this year or maybe early next. Contact your nearest showroom and let them know you’d like to be contacted when they get one.

George S said:

“I hope they don’t ask me to configure before I get to touch and feel one”

I certainly wouldn’t want to buy a car without at least sitting in it, either!

According to one recent report, Tesla will start sending demo units to its showrooms beginning next year. In the meantime, there are a few Model 3’s being sent on nationwide tours, stopping at various showrooms. As Kyuu suggested, you should contact your nearest Tesla showroom and ask where and when you can see and sit in a Model 3. Perhaps you can catch one of those touring TM3’s.

@PMPU
I did call my Tesla showroom in Scottsdale and ask when I can touch and feel one and he said:

“We don’t know” 🙂

So the famous “Tesla grin” will be replaced by the “Tesla giggle”? 😀

Nah, I don’t think so.

“This is true of many EVs. Even the Chevrolet Volt or Bolt, and their ~6.5 or 8 second zero to 60 mph sprints, surprise ICE drivers as soon as they push the pedal.”

Why is that so impressive? Even a new Honda Civic can now do 0-60 in 7 seconds according to Car & Driver. My ICE car does it in 5.7. If I had any criticism of my car at all it would be the jerkiness of low gear acceleration when it is in sport mode. EV’s don’t have that problem which is nice, but, a pretty unimportant improvement in the grand scheme of things. I care much more about range and being able to go where I want without the hassle of finding a charging station and waiting.

Just go drive any volt or leaf etc to get a feel for what it is that makes EV driving so satisfying. It’s not just Teslas that give that EV smile.

It’s that instant response the split second you want it. Most of us have to put up with traffic and stop lights where we live and thats where EV’s shine so much- less so on wide open roads. Off a red light, Zero to thirty times are so great and by that point you’re already comfortably ahead of the other cars. Most places with stop lights you aren’t geting up to 60mph anyways.

Also the quiet nature is luxurious. Flooring an ICE makes such a racket. I don’t like being obnoxious in most situations and in my EV I floor the accelerator pedal and it’s gloriously silent.

Add to that regenerative breaking and of course the lower carbon footprint and it’s a no brainer. Used EV’s can be had for a great price.

If range is your worry just get a Volt.

“Flooring an ICE makes such a racket.”

What are you based this on? My 328 is fairly quiet and the engine noise never bothers me. And, let’s be clear, that is what EV’s cost these days. The 330i and the Model 3 have very similar starting prices and out the door selling prices. So, in terms of “racket”, it just isn’t fair to say that EV’s are making this big improvement over some Korean economy car with no sound deadening material and some 130-hp 4-banger wailing away out front.

But, challenge accepted. I will stop by a Chevrolet dealer and test drive a Bolt. I sat in one at the DC auto show and was…not that impressed. Upon seeing the Bolt in person, my thought is that this is at best a 25k car they are selling for 35-40k. Yes, there is the 7500 federal rebate but even with that the car needs discounts big time.

I would test drive a Tesla but there are no Model 3’s available and I would feel bad to waste their time on a Model S test drive when I have absolutely no intention of spending that much.

The more I see the interior the more I like it.

I have to admit, that strong initial hit in my Tesla (an older P85+) is pretty nice. Some EVs are tuned for a bit softer hit off the line and it really does impact the fun factor. Indeed, when I first test drove a BMW i3, I realized it was a LOT more fun to drive than my gen 1 Volt – with a much nicer off the line hit. I considered it the hot hatch EV and the Tesla the sports sedan EV.

Unfortunately, it seems BMW neutered the inital hit with some software updates on the early cars (likely tomprotect the drive train and reduce the motor mount bolt breakage), and 2017 models added more battery weight to the equation on top of that. The new i3s will likely just bring the performance back to where it was in 2014…maybe not even that much.
Oddly enough, the Bolt EV also feels a bit soft off the lune to me compared to how I remember the early i3 feeling…of course the actual numbers show the Bolt is quicker across the board.
Still, Tesla does appear to own the performance EV segment these days.

@justanotherguy50: A line-by-line rebuttal… So does the Lexus ES, which has no problem outselling the BOLT. The ‘base Model 3’ that you complain isn’t available to ‘real people’. The Model 3 does not exist to meet the expectations of ‘most consumers’, but to exceed them. Few cars with a starting price point of $35,000 or more have inexpensive options, including the BOLT. Federal EV Tax Credits at the full $7,500 will likely be gone by the end of Q2 2018, but they will have diminished afterward, not ‘gone away’. So, $3,750 through Q4 2018, and $1,875 through Q2 2019. And, there are still people in around 40 States that will be ‘waiting’ for an opportunity to purchase the BOLT in 12-to-18 months. They should not hold their breaths. Why would anyone want the inferior experience of Android Auto or Apple Carplay? Oh! Because they don’t know any better. Shell games and bait & switch maneuvers do not equate to ‘discounts’ no matter how people choose to deceive themselves when ‘negotiating’ with ‘independent franchised dealerships’. The BOLT was last year’s MOTOR TREND Car of the Year. Care to guess which vehicle will be the next? The BOLT’s cargo & passenger space… Read more »