Originally Posted by smark
I got a wired notification yesterday. That Tesla is finally going to sell the Model 3 at $35K. My neighbor across the street had some issue with his Tesla suv. Tesla, personally came out to his house, and repair it.
Manufacturers are going to introducing, a lot of new EV’s, this next 2 years. VW introducing 3, the Kona, Kia Soul, looks interesting. So does the extending range Nissan Leaf. All with a 230 mile range. I’m more interested in a crossover vehicle.
Same here. I'm really excited to see the Model Y compact crossover from Tesla to have a dual motor (AWD) compact SUV option. Yes, lots of new EVs coming with 200+ mile ranges are good. The charging network issue so you can travel more than 100 miles from your house is the challenge for all of those, especially if you're not in a high population density area on either coast.
The Kia Niro EV is Kia's flavor of the Kona and it's a little bigger wagon-y thing. Hyundai has been selling the Ioniq EV for a little while now, but it has been limited to 120ish miles of range.
The other big issue with all of these models is that they generally are making low volumes for the entire world and in the US they target the CARB states for the emissions credits, so you only see a very small number of vehicles available whenever they finally do become available.
Speaking of Tesla service, I setup a service appointment for my car this week to have a badge installed that wasn't available when I picked up the car. They came to my house and took care of the work while I was on a conference call. Talked to the guy as he was finishing up, the badge was installed, he had checked my car for a TSB that had been issued for the frunk latch, and did a complimentary inspection for tire pressures, making sure software was up to date, etc. He left and I received an electronic copy of the work order on my phone to sign off and boom it was done. No muss, no fuss, no travel to a dealer, no paperwork to handle. Slickest service experience I've ever had. Tesla estimates that they can handle 80% of service visits remotely. Obviously, serious repairs that require a lift, need to be done in the service center, but they are trying to handle as many as they can remotely.