Articles, Blog

Model 3 is Here! Invites Go Out to Non-Owners [live]

Model 3 is Here! Invites Go Out to Non-Owners [live]

– Hello and welcome to
Teslanomics live everyone. I’m your host, Ben Sullins,
and this is the show where we break down the past week’s biggest Tesla news and
talk about what that means, and my thoughts and opinions on it, and cover all the facts, and then get into a q&a. Now the q&a happens on CrowdCast. If you want to join on
CrowdCast and get invited to that, you have to
join on our email list which is at It doesn’t cost anything
or anything like that, but it is limited to a number of people because the q&a can get kind
of crazy and out of hand and so I just try to
keep it limited to folks that are on the email list, and even then, I cap
it to about 100 people. Which, surprisingly sometimes does fill up pretty quickly. So, thank you all for joining me. And before we get too deep into it, just on YouTube again,
I won’t be checking any of the comments or anything, so if you have questions, make
sure to go join on CrowdCast. First story of the day, the biggest story, the most requested one that
I got from the previous week was that the Model 3 is finally here. Invites to non-owners are going out and it sounds like it’s finally happening. February 22nd was
officially the date where I believe they went out. Now it’s still only the premium versions, meaning you have to get
the long-range battery and the premium interior, which brings the minimum
price of it up to $49,000. Your $1,000 deposit will
be subtracted from that, so it’ll say $48,000. And I believe it’s only in
the United States right now. And there is a little bit
of confusion about this, one of the things is that if
you go to the Tesla website where it has the delivery estimator, it’ll show you that it has late 2018 for the all-wheel drive version. However, in the configurator, it shows mid-2018. I have reached out to Tesla, I’m trying to get clarification on that and I will let you guys know as soon as I have an answer. I think a lot of us are hoping mid-2018 for the all-wheel drive version, because that should be at the same time when we get the performance version, and potentially things like
other interior options, and other stuff that
people are waiting on. But, it’s here. I know a lot of you are excited about it, a lot of you are taking delivery. If you are one of those folks, let me know in the comments
down below what you chose. I’m always interested in hearing what features people
decided to go with and why, because then that helps Tesla
and me, just as an analyst, try to understand maybe
how the future will pan out when they unveil new products. So let me know in the comments down below if you’re one of these folks, and if you are, congratulations. I wanna talk a little bit
about why it made sense to give the current owners priority. My friend, Ryan McCaffrey,
who has a fantastic podcast called, Ride The Lightening,
talked about this recently, and I agreed with him. Some people were upset. A lot of people were
really upset on the video I did last week, the
live stream last week, because I had my second invite. I could configure my second Model 3, and people were really
just furious about like, oh, hey, current owners are
getting multiple invites, meanwhile general public hasn’t, and I think the reason is,
and this is where I’m agreeing with Ryan, is that we’re
still in the very early days of the Model 3. It really is a beta car at this point. If you saw my video last
week about the issues I’ve had with the Model 3,
you’ll know that there are a lot of things that they’re
still working through. And because they wanted
to work with people that were perhaps a bit more
lenient on these things, a bit more forgiving, it makes
sense that current owners would be the ones that would
actually get these cars. So, I think that is, in defense of Tesla, as to why they didn’t open
it up to non-owners sooner. That’s why, because the car,
it still is very early days. Even to this day, no non-owners
have actually received their car. Some have configured
them, and it’ll take three to six weeks is the current estimate. With all of that, I wanna just say that this is a moment in time
that we should all kind of just sit back, and
remember because for many of us, as we’re predicting,
this will be the catalyst that really pushes electric
vehicles into kind of the mainstream adoption. In the US, it’s a bit harder of a sell because we have heavily-subsidized things like gasoline and all the
infrastructure behind that, so gasoline in the United
States is some of the cheapest it is in the world, believe it or not. Whereas other parts, Europe specifically, if you guys are watching from Europe, you know this, that the price of gasoline and diesel are just astronomical and so it really makes a
lot more economic sense. Well here in the US, we
don’t always make decisions based on pure economic sense. A lot of times we do, but not always, and so a lot of us are seeing this car as the one that is really
gonna hit the mass market and be that tipping point
where it’s not just about saving money, of course you do save money with an electric car, it’s
about the enhanced experience, and all the advanced features you get with an electric vehicle. Specifically a Tesla. So just take a moment,
enjoy, revel in this, even if you haven’t got your invite yet, it’s coming now that
non-owners are getting ’em, that’s gonna be more and more. So yeah, as this story goes on, of course, myself and many other
folks are gonna be working on collecting the data and then predicting the delivery ramp and all that. From an investor standpoint,
that would be something that would be real
encouraging about this news. That means, this has to indicate
that the production ramp is going well. I don’t know about the parts
and the automation lines, that are coming over from Germany. I believe that they’re not installed yet, or I haven’t heard anything specific, but in any event, this
means that it’s happening. So enjoy it, and take this
time to share the story with other folks. If you get a Model 3, an early one, share it with people. Do meetups, go to car
clubs, things like that, because I think once people
see this is really what’s gonna solidify in folk’s minds
that this is the direction we all should be going in. So enjoy this time, guys. Now next I wanna talk about this guy that hacked, hacked is kinda the wrong word, a Model 3, and this was basically,
he unlocked factory mode. I’ll talk about his YouTube
channel a little bit, but one of the things in factory mode, it has all these stats about the car, and some of these were super interesting. One of them was about
the amount of discharge. The max discharge rate of 1,200 amps. Now, this is, as Electrek
reports, similar to what the Tesla 85 kilowatt
hour S and X pack used, and it’s only about 100
amps less powerful than the S and X performance versions before the ludicrous battery upgrade. So, I bring this up because I
was actually sitting around, talking with some friends the other day, that are all kind of
geeks on this Tesla stuff, and we all were wondering
if the performance model of the Model 3 will be
faster, or could it be faster than the P100D. I think maybe technically it’s possible, but I’m not sure Tesla would allow that, ’cause that would be
flying in the face of them, you know the Model S
being the flagship car. I’m really really curious
as the all-wheel drive and performance model comes out, what we’re gonna see. Could we see an under
three second 0 to 60 time? And what will be the top speed? Obvious it would be software
limited but could this realistically race
competitively against a Model S, and if it is, then it
would mean it’s one of the fastest cars in the world. So, I was really interested
when I saw that part of this here. Curious what you guys
think, if you’re an expert in this area, what do
you think this means? Do you think that we could
see a sub-three second zero to 60 time for a Model 3? Because that would be, oh,
I would love to have that. As you guys know, I’m
getting a second Model 3 when the performance one comes out, and that’s what I’m waiting on right now. More to come on that. Another thing about this that
I thought was interesting, was that they have, this guy, Ingineer x? Ingineerix? Has a YouTube channel, and look at that, almost 1,000 subscribers,
so go check it out. You can just search for this here, or I’ll put a link in the description. And he has several videos
here that have broken down, like he actually opens up the
car, and looks inside of it, and explains some things. Like, one of these points
here, he talks about this section right here in
fact, is where the dual motor, the second motor will go. Really, really fascinating. Now I’m not an expert at
how these cars are built. I know some of it, but this
I thought was fascinating, all the work he’s doing here, so definitely go check out his channel. I’ll put a link to it in
the description down below, and there’s three videos. You have to imagine more are coming, so enjoy those details. Now next, I have another
YouTube video to share. This is from my friend
Brooks over at DragTimes, and they took a Model 3,
and if you guys don’t know, DragTimes, they’re the ones
that do all the drag racing videos with Teslas. Brooks has several kind of super cars, and those kind of things, and they took a Model 3, and what they did is they put it on a dyno. This is the thing that actually measures the horsepower and torque, and what they were able to do is they did several tests, but
in the end, what they found was that the Model 3
reported 281 horsepower at the wheels and 552
foot pounds of torque, and that is pretty impressive. In fact, I think Brooks
almost guessed it spot on. And there’s a couple different
ways to measure this. So it was really interesting data. I highly encourage you guys
to go check out this video and of course subscribe to his channel, because he always has fun stuff and is frequently racing Teslas. Which I know a lot of
you requested that I do, I am planning on it. I’m not sure, I think it’s March 16th is the next day here in San
Diego that we can go do it, where there’s actually a racing event. So, once I get that all confirmed, I’ll let you guys know. You guys wanna come out,
check out the car, whatever, if you’re in the San Diego area. So check that out, have fun with that. I think that’s super cool. Now, you guys maybe
noticed that I’m wearing a Tesla con shirt, which
was from the convention we did, or the conference
we did last December. And of course we’re
doing it again this year, and I’m not making any
new major announcements about that right now, but what
I did wanna share with you is that we now have shirts for
sale on We have two different
designs to pick from, and this is a pre-sale because the designs we’re actually finalizing a
little bit of the details, but they’re now available
for you guys to go purchase. I know a lot of you asked
for this for a long time now, and I didn’t wanna just put out kind of a really simple design, I wanted something a little bit better, so
I hired some designers and this is what we came up with. First and foremost here is
the Free the Data shirt. Of course you know this is our moniker, free the data, and your mind will follow. The prices are $24 to $29.99. The $29 is just for the XXL,
’cause it’s a few dollars more to manufacture. You can see that on the front we have the Free the Data with
the Tesslanomics, T, logo in the T there in the word, ‘data’, and on the back, this is where the design isn’t totally finalized,
it won’t be this big. This big Teslanomics logo,
it’ll be a lot smaller, and just near the upper neckline. I believe they call it an outside label. So that’s the first design. You guys can go pre-order that now, it’ll be shipping in two to three weeks, depending on when we finalize everything. And then the other one
is the Superhero Tee. So the Superhero Tee doesn’t have any logo or anything, I’m sorry,
any words on the front, and on the back, on the upper neckline it just has the Teslanomics tag. So this is kind of more of a
superhero design as I call it, where you have that on the front, and then on the back again,
you have a little thing. So go pick ’em up, I will be enabling more ways to pay with like, PayPal, and
some of the other things. Setting up all those
payment gateways takes a little bit of time. So for now, you can just
pay with your credit card. I think it’s just credit card right now. So more to come on that,
of course I’ll be emailing this stuff out to you, and
once we have the final designs and everything, I’ll be
sharing that with anybody that joined. So thank you guys for
pushing me to do this, I’ve been really putting it off, and I feel like we were able to come up with some pretty cool designs here, so I hope you guys enjoy them. Alright, next, I have
somethin’ which somebody shared with me via Twitter, which is really cool. It only applies to San
Diego residents right now, so go us, but it will be
rolling out to California, so I think it was worth sharing. Now, there is a pilot
program here, the CVRP, the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, is the one in the state of California that gets you an extra $2,500 off an eligible electric vehicle. A Model 3, or any Tesla
qualifies for the full $2,500. And I believe this is one
where they actually send you a check. So the reason I brought this up, and now it’s only for San
Diego County right now, as I mentioned, is that
you can be, right here, A preapproved rebate
can be applied directly to the price of an eligible
vehicle at the time of purchase at participating dealership. Dealership in this case is Tesla, so I’ll make that a little bit bigger. So, this is exciting
because, well first off, I wish I would’ve known that. Second off, this reduces
the price of the car, which means your monthly
payments will be less. See, all the other rebates that I’ve seen, the Federal on in particular in the US, you get a tax credit, and
whether or not you qualify for that tax credit, is
also subject to change, and there’s all these
different thing about it, but you still pay whatever the
cost of the car was, right? So if it was $54,000
before taxes in my case, I still have to pay for that whole thing. I still have a payment for a loan on the amount that I financed. Now this actually would
reduce the cost of the car. So this is even better, because
then, on a monthly basis, you’re not paying off this extra money. So, I think this is super interesting, and I’ll put a link to
it in the description. This is the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project if you guys are familiar
with how the rebate works in California, you
should know this already, but this one specifically. So thanks to the user
that shared that with me, because I think this is really cool. Now again, it’s only
in San Diego right now, but the plan, as it even
states, is to roll this out to the rest of California very soon. Real exciting stuff making
EV ownership even easier and better. Alright, now I’m gonna
head on over to CrowdCast, and we’ll jump right into the q&a. Let me stop sharin’ my screen
for those folks on CrowdCast. Sorry about that. Dink. And we’ll pull up the questions. We’ll go full-screen. If you’re in CrowdCast,
make sure to go vote. I’ll take a moment and just a little bit a drink of water. Okay, and we’ll go with this. So, ng asks, Elon Musk has
said Tesla will be releasing a complete overhaul to
the nav software soon. What kinds of features could
we expect from this update? Well, I would… You know, it’s hard to
say what we could expect, I’ll just tell you what I would like. One, in particular on the Model 3 is to move the location of
the turn by turn directions to closer to the driver’s side. ‘Cause right now it’s
on the far-right side. I think that’d be a very simple fix. That would make a big
difference in the Model 3. Other than that, I would
hope that they would maybe integrate with something like Waze, which has alerts submitted by other users that are extremely informative, and also maybe just some
of the design elements of the screen. So I would say that those are
probably the three things. Like the actual map display,
where the turn-by-turn directions go, and maybe
integration with something like Waze which offers alerts and much more detailed information. Right now, it’s pretty generic, and it often does really
odd kind of routes, and doesn’t give you
the kind of directions you would expect. It usually is pretty close to Google Maps, but not always, and that’s where things can kinda go funky. So most folks I know that have Teslas, don’t use the built-in navigation because it’s so spotty, and it’s
easier just to use your phone. So hopefully all those things are coming. Thanks for the question. Carlo asks, Ben, do you have
any idea how much more range, if any, the Model 3 all-wheel drive option will potentially give us? Also, I’m interested in
purchasing a 20 inch wheels from EV Direct. Has the wheel size
affected your range at all? Okay, yeah so two questions. You know, I don’t believe
the all-wheel drive option adds a ton of range. If you look at the S and
X, it’s pretty similar. Maybe like a 15 or 20 miles at most. Not even that, I think it’s even less. Like five or 10 miles more. So all-wheel drive, I
wouldn’t really get it for the purpose of more range because it’s gonna be insignificant in either case unless the Model 3 is different
than the Model S and X. I would get all-wheel drive if you live in a cold environment, or if
you want the Performance Model and better traction control
and those kind of things. Obviously, it’s gonna give
you a lot better performance, but that’s not entirely
necessary and I don’t think… If I didn’t have this
channel and all that, I wouldn’t be buying the
all-wheel drive option. That’s the sole reason I’m doing it, so I can get it, test it, race it, do fun stuff with it, make videos with it, and then I’ll probably
sell that once we get the Model Y ordered. So there you have that. The 20 inch wheels I got from EV Direct hasn’t really affected my range at all. Now, I haven’t done an exhaustive test on it, but I can tell you
that it’s not something I’ve noticed whatsoever. I mean, I go maybe three or
four days without charging in the Model 3 because on a 80% charge, or the daily charge, I think it’s 80%, maybe it’s 90? Goes up to 274 miles, so
that lasts for quite a while considering I work from home. Yeah, it hasn’t really affected it at all. In theory, a bigger wheel
should give you better range, but really what happens
from the guys I know that dig into this stuff,
the weight and the traction are the things that
really affect range more. So I have those Michelin
Pilot Sports on there, which are arguably the best
tires that money can buy, and so they are extremely grippy. So that, if anything,
probably hurts range. I don’t think the wheel has
anything to do with it, though, besides maybe the difference in weight. And I believe at EV Wheel
Direct, they actually have now the Michelin Pilot Sport Wheels. So check that out. I think the link is, and that’ll point you back over to them, and then now you can actually
get those same wheels for a bit cheaper. By the way, they also
have the 18 inch variety after I talked to them,
’cause so many of you guys commented, hey, I would love these wheels, but I don’t wanna have to
pay an additional $1,200, or $1,300 for the tires
on top of the $1,200 or $1,300 for the rims. So that’s expensive. So now, I think it’s for $1,000, or $995, or something like that,
you can get the Turbines in 18 inch form, and then
just swap everything over from your 18 inch Aero wheels, so you don’t have to pay anything extra. Of course, if you want,
you know, the look? Then yeah, then the aesthetics, of course, the 20’s I think are gonna
give you the best bet there. Thanks for the question, I
hope that helps you, Carlo, and best of luck with your Model 3. Next Mark asks, how often
does the Tesla battery pack cooling fluid need to be changed? Wow, I don’t think ever? I’m not sure actually. I would check out the
Tesla service website. They have a thing there. I got my Model S serviced after two years, and they may change it at that time. If they did, it would be either the two, four, or six year mark I believe
is when they would do it. So it’s a few years. Not something that I
ever really think about. So, not somethin’ I guess to worry about, but I think you can find
more if you check out the service plans for the Model S and X, and I think it should list it there. It lists everything that they do. And I just got mine done recently. I hope that helps, Mark. Leo asks, what is the timeframe
for day one reservations? I read on Electrek that something special is a scale model of the Model 3. I made my reservation
in the first few hours of April 1st because I was overseas, and got the sketch drawing. Does that mean I’m a day 1er? You know, I’m not really sure. I have heard that word is out
that the something special has been defined. I don’t know what it is, but I assume we’ll know that sometime in the next couple weeks. Whether or not you qualify,
I would have to guess, you know, somethin’ weird about it. When I went onto the
Tesla website a while ago, I placed mine day-of. I’m in California, so same time zone, and then later it showed April 1st instead of March 31st, so I was a
little bit confused about that. So I’m not sure. I would log into your
Tesla account and see what it says for the date, and I guess stay tuned as
we’ll find out more details in the next few weeks about
that something special. Was really hoping it
was something awesome, like free supercharging because now paying for supercharging hurts my heart. I know economically it makes total sense, but it’s just, as someone
that’s had free supercharging forever, for the past couple years, it’s weird when I’m on a
road trip with my Model 3, and I have to pay. To me, it just seems odd. It’s still extremely cheap. I think I paid $20 to go
500 and somethin’ miles, so yeah, not bad. Thanks for the question, Leo. Leo asks again, I also, uh, yep… Should Tesla owners have
to worry about hackers? Uh, well, should people
have to worry about hackers? And by the way, you have
to be careful how you use that term, because a
hacker for a tech person like myself is a good thing. I worked for the hacker company,
also known as, Facebook. They’re on One Hacker Way. So a hacker is a term
that gets thrown around and depending on who you’re talking to can be misunderstood. So, yeah, certainly. Everyone should be concerned about theft and privacy, and those kind of things. A friend of mine has a good website, I think it’s called, haveIbeenpowned, it’s owned with a ‘p’, which is the hacker kinda speak, and you can actually go check and submit your email address, and it’ll look up of
all the data breaches. I mean, if anything, I would
be more concerned about the Equifax one than I am the Tesla one. So yeah, but certainly it’s subject to it, just like any electrified or
internet-connected device is. So I don’t know if we should
be extra worried about Teslas versus anything else. Have strong passwords,
change them regularly, you know besides the
standard kind of advice, so there ya go. PJ asks, Ben in reference to
the Electrek article regarding Tesla efforts to increase
dealership numbers to greater than five in New York, uh, Tesla efforts to increase… Do you have any data or
thoughts on how sales landscape could inhibiting domestic sales? Um, hm… Yeah, so I believe
there’s only four states that you currently, and then it was five, that currently can’t have,
that don’t sell Teslas, and I did a graphic for Teslarati not too long about that. You know, I’m not sure
it matters that much. You can still buy ’em. You just can’t buy ’em from a local place. Like in Utah, for example,
where some of my friends live, they all have Teslas, and
they buy ’em by going into the store, and checking it out, and then ordering it online,
and it gets delivered in the store. I mean, it’s really not much
different than anywhere else. So I think it’s kind of
a moot point, honestly. But you know, the states,
if anything are losing out on tax revenues, and so
that might be where honestly I would kinda lean on that perspective of like, you guys are
losin’ out on potentially millions of dollars in taxes, you know for kind of a dumb non-reason, or at least that’s how I perceive it. So yeah, I probably won’t
do a video on it, though but it is interesting to see and honestly I’m just
a little bit confused. Thanks, PJ. NG asks, Trevor from
the Model 3 owners’ club said he got word of the reliable source on the something special,
yep, is in line for waiters and it’s definitely not as
significant as free supercharging Yeah, any idea what this could be? Obviously not a key chain. Why not a key chain? I would love a key chain. Uh, ah man, where’s my thing? Okay, let me, I’ll just
go off on a tangent here. First off, Trevor and Ken, great show, go check them out. Model 3 owners’ club dot
com, they have a good forum, and of course, they’re a YouTube show. So, the app on my phone
is basically unusable. Now, on this phone, this is an iPhone, it probably works well,
in fact I probably should do a test on that. So anyways, apparently on
iOS, the app works well for unlocking your phone. On Android, it’s basically unusable. I can be standing in front of my car, tapping unlock, unlock,
unlock, and it just says, request failed. I close the app, I reopen
it, it may or may not work. I restart my phone, it
may or may not work. The app on Android is basically unusable, and I’ve talked to Tesla about this, and they said they’re
working on it, of course. But that has resorted to me
using the key 100% of the time. Or, 99% of the time. And so with that, what happens is, it’s a bit more cumbersome. So first off, if I have
it in my wallet like so, I can’t just tap my
wallet to the actual car, because the other cars
in there cause some kind of interference or whatever. So I have to take it out, and
I have to go tap it on there. I have found that it appears
that the RFID is on this side, like maybe where the ‘A’ is,
it’s not on the other side, ’cause sometimes I’ve held
it with just the ‘T’ part, that side of the card
up, tapping it like this, and it doesn’t work. But then when I flip it around, it does. So I believe that means
that it’s in there. Then I have to, you know, put it in there, and then also when you get
out, you have to lock it with the card, it doesn’t
automatically lock if you’re not using your app, because, well the app doesn’t work. And so you have to make
sure to lock it as well, so I actually wouldn’t mind
a key chain for this thing. I even posted on Twitter, and
some people sent me some links of like, a little plastic
key card that goes on a key chain because this
is essentially all I have to get in and out of my car, which is really frustrating, and again, I complained about this
before we even got this far, and I was like, oh man, if I
have to do that every time, that’s gonna suck. Well, here we are. Phones are unreliable, there’s
thousands of different models of different phones, so
yeah, pain in the butt. I wouldn’t mind a key
chain (laughs) and no, I don’t have any clue
what the actual thing is. I asked Trevor before the show today, so you’ll have to just follow his stuff and stay tuned to his channel. Thanks for the question,
sorry for the tangent. Joe asks, what’s the issue
with the 12 volt battery? I’ve read a number of articles
about the 12 volt battery dying and the car is a lump of metal. Uh, I wouldn’t say it’s a lump of metal. The 12 volt battery powers
a few things in there. I’ve had mine, had to be, my
Model S had to be replaced after it was a 2013, I
got it replaced last year, so after three years. They came out, and it wasn’t a big deal, you get a notification very early on, and then Tesla can come
out via mobile service and change it in, I don’t
know, 30 minutes, or an hour, or somethin’ like that. Don’t quote me on those numbers, but I don’t remember it being
a very significant amount of time. If that doesn’t work, I don’t
know what that would affect. Maybe it wouldn’t let you unlock the car, or turn it on, or somethin’ like that. But yeah, there ya go. So, they’ll fix it, I
guess is the short answer, and it’s not somethin’ to worry about. You’ll get a notification well in advance of it actually needing to be replaced. Thanks for the question, Joe. Terry asks, greetings,
Ben, and appreciation from Olympia, Washington. I have been seriously
considering your suggestion about a Model S to move
my Model reservation up in the queue. Yep, that definitely would help. If I buy from a private seller or a dealer other than Tesla, how
does Tesla become aware that I am now a Tesla owner,
and move me up in the line? You know, that’s a great question. I believe you would need to contact Tesla for them to transfer it over to you. Of course, they can’t
prohibit you from buying from someone else, but I would
contact Tesla beforehand, and say, hey, I’m about to buy this car, I wanna make sure I can transfer it over, and then I assume they
have to do something to create a Tesla account for you, or if you have one from
your Model 3 reservation, they’d need to transfer
it over into your account. And then, my assumption is that once it’s registered to you,
that you are current owner, then you should, I mean at this
point it might be immediate, or within a couple days, get
your invite to configure. Yeah, somethin’ to consider. But definitely, I would contact Tesla. You can just find their customer
service line or whatever, and they should be able to
answer this more definitively. And best of luck. Joe asks, a while back, Elon
mentioned that the Model 3 will include free
long-distance supercharging. Er, I don’t think so. Have you taken your Model
3 on a road trip yet? Yes. If free long-distance supercharging, how many miles… No, so that’s not true. It does not include any
free supercharging at all. There was some confusion
around, I believe, January of last year. They put out something
that would affect Model S and Model X where it said,
all Tesla in the future, so basically free
supercharging was ending, all Tesla in the future
will get 400 kilowatt hours of free charging, however,
that didn’t extend to Model 3. They didn’t specify that at the time, but I can tell you that I’ve
had to pay for supercharging from my very first moment
having supercharging my Model 3. So yeah, you get zero free supercharging. And let me just close this
and reopen it real quick, ’cause I know some times that resorts ’em. Alright, there you go. Walt asks, what is Tesla saying the life of their battery is? Well, I think the warranty
is infinite miles, eight years on a S and X, and I forget, I think it’s 300,000 miles
or something like that, or no, 100,000 miles,
eight years on the Model 3. The data I’ve actually
looked at suggests that we’re looking at 500,000 miles plus. And really, the life, in
the announcements I’m doing is saying that at some point, it’s going to be degraded so much, that you then want to replace it. It’s not that it’ll
fail, it’ll just be that it doesn’t hold as much
charge as it did before. So battery degradation is the term. And I’ve actually done
a couple videos on this, and later this week, I have
another one coming out. So, all signs point to them
lasting for a very long time. Upwards of, you know, if
you drive a normal amount, upwards of 20 years. And by then, who knows if
we’ll even be driving still, and if we still are, then perhaps battery swapping technology will be readily available. So yeah, there you go. Not somethin’ that I
would worry about at all, especially if you’re buying a new one because you have the eight
year warranty on the battery. Thanks for the question, Walt. Tim asks, Hi Ben, reserved
in Maryland, non-owner, reservation configured
and will be here soon. Congratulations. My question is, how is
the blind spot detection in Model 3? Yeah, it’s, there isn’t one. So, there you go. Yeah, so it may be possible
with not on the mirrors, how you’d typically see it, but in the part where the car is, it shows the other cars. Actually in autopilot
two, it doesn’t show you the cars next to you, it
only shows you the ones kind of in front of you,
and other ones up in front, but the rumor is is that
the new autopilot two, the new update, will actually
show cars on the side of you, which would then hopefully
give you this side, the blind spot detection. They wouldn’t, I don’t believe,
light up on the mirrors, but they would light up in
probably audible warnings in the car itself. It needs to do this, it already does this, albeit not great. I can say, after using the
auto lane change feature with autopilot in the Model
3, it’s not fantastic. And really the hard part
is, if somebody’s coming up fast from behind you, and
you go into a lane change, it can’t really detect them
until they’re right next to you, and I believe that’s ’cause
of the sensors that they used, don’t have that ability,
to it’s not, you know, that ability isn’t integrated
into the current version of the software. In any event, it’s not great right now, but blind spot detection
should be possible with the technology,
with what’s in the car. So I hope that helps. You know by the way, the
owner’s manual is fantastic. You can read it in the
car, but also online. You could find it, and
if you have your Model 3, you can go into the section there, and I believe there’s a
button for owner’s manual. I’ve actually been reading it lately, and it’s pretty interesting. There’s a lot of stuff
that, a lot of little things that they recommend that I
wouldn’t have known otherwise. Thanks for the question,
Tim and congratulations, I can’t wait to hear what you chose, and all those things in
the comments and stuff, and maybe send me a picture,
tweet at me, whatever, I’d love to know more. Thanks, Tim. Crafty geek asks, how much
do you think dual motor on the Model 3 will add
to eventual resale value? Yeah, does this purchase
value of the motor, dual motor specifically
depreciate at roughly the same rate as the rest of the vehicle? What do you think? Well, it’s hard to say. It’s a more expensive version, and so, you know, for that,
I would say it would be a higher price point, of course. The actual rate of depreciation, I don’t know that it’ll matter. What it may do, is it
may push the depreciation on the non-all-wheel drive
versions down further. Remember, there were basically
no Model S’s available, used ones available until the
autopilot version came out. And that’s when the driver’s
edition, like I have, that’s when they basically
flooded the market because everybody wanted autopilot. So they traded in their
old Model S’s and X’s, I think Model S’s, actually only, and that’s when they upgraded, and so at that time, that’s
when the depreciation on the Model S took a significant hit, and I bought mine for
$54,000 the same retail price as I bought my model three for. So I think if anything, it
would hurt the other Model 3s, not necessarily the new
ones, but then again, it’s gonna be an expensive,
higher price point, so a lot of people probably
wouldn’t want it anyway. I wouldn’t worry too much about it, and I certainly wouldn’t
but the dual-motor version just for that reason,
’cause I don’t think it’ll be that significant. And really, if you’re
thinking about reselling it, you know, these cars are meant to last, so I wouldn’t have that
in my head right now. Unless, you know, you’re
like me or something, and it’s like hey, I’m gonna
be buying and selling Teslas for the foreseeable
future, because I have, you know, it’s part of my business. Thanks for the question, Crafty, and thanks for joining yet again. Mark Garnett asks, how
many reverse, white, lights and rear fog, bright red lights
are fitted to the Model 3? Reverse as in when you’re going backwards? Even if only one of each,
are the bulb sockets provided so that the owner could
add the missing bulbs? You know, that is an interesting question. I’m not sure I’ve even thought of that. Really, the backing up part
that you need to worry about is the camera, which is garbage right now. It’s really, really bad. I’m not sure I have an answer, maybe check the owner’s manual? Or, if you hit me up on Twitter,
I could send you a photo of the back of mine. I’m not sure it’s something
that you’d be replacing yourself and the bulb sockets,
I believe it’s all LED, so I’m not sure it really works like that. Anyways, thanks for the question, Mark. Thanks for joining us. Andre asks, Tesla cars,
starting at Model S came with type two
charging plug in Europe, which is a standard at that
time, now European regulation changed it to a combo two. This new plug is indeed still
compatible with type two, but with two extra pins for DC charging. Yeah. You know, it’s interesting. So you’ll have an adapter, I believe, and my friends Kim and Saul from Spain did a video on this. So he’s in Paris, and he
did a video on charging, and I think he did it in English if that’s your first language. It’s hard to say, but you
know, we’re still so far, away. If they do anything, it
would just be an adapter. I don’t believe they
would actually manufacture the car with a different plug, but I could be wrong about that. So go check out Kim from
Like Tesla, and Sol from Saul Lopez on the video
they did about charging and that explains at least a little bit, the different between
North America and Europe for the current models, and
maybe that’ll shed some light on this one. Thanks for the question. Felix asks, what’s your guess
about the current Tesla sales in the US regarding
the Federal tax credit? Uh, I think it’s Q2. I think Q2 is when they’re
gonna hit it still. Now, there have been
some interesting things with delaying the Model S and the Model X to June, and I even heard
July for some folks, which would signify that they’re
trying to delay essentially and push out sales, or
deliveries, ’cause that’s when it technically counts as
a sale in the IRS’s mind, or in the yeah, whoever,
yeah, I think it’s the IRS that does the tax credit here. So they may be pushing those out to try to hit it early Q3. That would be, I’m sure
people would be just jumping for joy over that because
then it would be Q3 and Q4 would get the credit, and
at that point, hopefully the new automated lines would be in, and we’d just be seeing tens of thousands of Model 3s being delivered
each month, hopefully. So we’ll see. I’m guessing Q2, and I’m still saying that because they’re looking at
about 25,000 Model S and X sales per quarter, and last
I checked, there were about 150,000 towards the end of Q4. That was not including Model 3 sales. So as thousands of Model
3s are being delivered, I think we’re close to like
8,000 now or something, it’s likely that they’re
gonna hit it in Q2 regardless. So, we’ll see. They may try to game the
system, they may not, and if they do, I think everyone
would applaud ’em for that. Except maybe the IRS or somethin’. So, I don’t have any inside
knowledge of that, though. That’s just my speculation. Thanks for the question, Felix. Vic asks, are the all-wheel
drive delivery dates being moved up to mid-2018 from late
2018 in the United States? This is a great question,
Vic, and let me check, I haven’t got an answer back yet. Uh, nope. I don’t have an answer, but I will. I’m hoping to get an
answer from Tesla on that because there is a discrepancy here where on the, like if I go
in, and a single person goes in to the delivery
estimator, it says late 2018 for dual motor, all-wheel drive, but if I go into the configurator,
and say, hold my place, it says mid-2018, so more to come. I don’t know, I think
there’s a discrepancy there. I think a lot of us are
hoping that mid-2018 would be the mark, but
based on the latest delay, it could be late 2018,
and just the configurator hasn’t been updated. So more to come on that,
thanks for the question. Okay, I’m gonna do two more
here, and let me just close this out, and restart it just in
case we got any new votes. We only got a couple
votes left, so here we go. Melissa asks, what is
the view from the back of the Model 3 in camper mode? Looking to take my Model 3
to a drive-in movie theater when I take delivery,
would have a good view? So, I assume you mean
looking out of the front, or looking out of the back. If you’re just backed up, you’re
just sitting in the trunk. It’s not a hatchback, so there’s really no laying down in there. If you do lay down, then
you’re looking straight up. There’s nothing you can see
out because the whole trunk and everything is in your way. And then also, I should just
mention that camper mode currently doesn’t exist in the Model 3, or at least not in the form that it does in the Model S and X, but I have tried the whole parking break trick,
and I couldn’t get it either so I’m sure that’ll be coming soon. Not somethin’ really to
be too concerned about. But you’ll either be sitting in the trunk, or sitting in the car. There’s no laying in the back, you know, looking out because there’s no hatchback, so you have this giant
kina bar coming across where the trunk connects that
would be blocking your view. Thanks for the question, Melissa, and, you know, have fun at the movies. Okay, last question here, Mikael Brink, do you know if heated
steering wheel hardware is part of Model 3s that rolls
off the assembly line now? I understand that it is, but
it’s currently not available because of software. And I believe I saw that
recently in the user’s manual. So check the user’s manual
out for that section, ’cause I think that may
help you answer that. And yeah, if anything, it’s a software related issue right now. Thanks for the question. I’ll do one more from Crafty here, Ben, how many power wall units are you getting? Tesla’s trying to encourage
me to get multiple to enable fastest charging
of my future Model 3. Huh. Apparently the wall
charger’s fastest setting can’t be supplied fully by one power wall, but my house uses less than
one power wall’s safe capacity. Um, hmm. You know, I think apparently,
I think I’m getting two from the referral program, although I haven’t heard any
official word on that yet. And so that’s why I’m getting
two, otherwise I would just be getting one to kind of
do an arbitrage thing here, and also for power outages
or anything like that with solar. I’m curious why you want
to charge it extremely fast because unless you drive
an extremely long distance, or you’re using it to do
something like Uber or Lyft, then I don’t think it’s really necessary. That would be the question I have. I probably wouldn’t buy two right now. It sounds like they’re just
trying to upsell you here, and honestly I’m just not
sure why you would need to charge it extremely fast. And then there’s the question
about how to set it up so it can even handle that. Lots of stuff there, I’m
not sure I know the answers for you, but I probably
wouldn’t buy a second one yet because if I understand correctly, you can add a second one later
after you get your Model 3, and those kind of things. Good luck with that, and let me know. Thanks for the questions everyone, and I appreciate you guys joining me here on Teslanomics live today. Don’t forget that later
this week I have some more fun stuff coming out related
to battery degradation, and I may have a surprise
for you this Friday. Without further ado, let me just remind you to free the data, and
your mind will follow. Thanks for watching yet again, and I will see you guys
back here next time. Cheers.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

0 thoughts on “Model 3 is Here! Invites Go Out to Non-Owners [live]

  1. Thanks for joining me today everyone! Here are stories we covered. Make sure to pre-order our Teslanomics T-Shirts before they sell out!

    // Invites going out to non-owners 1:00
    // Tesla Model 3 Factory Mode Unlocked 6:35
    // Tesla Model 3 Dyno Test Results (Drag Times) 9:33
    // Teslanomics T-Shirts! 11:13
    // Pre-Approval Rebate (SD Only) 13:19

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *