Driving the Tesla Mannequin 3 in Australia

Driving the Tesla Mannequin 3 in Australia



I had the chance just lately to expertise the Mannequin 3.  This isn’t an in-depth evaluate of the nitty gritty particulars of the automobile however extra an summary and normal impressions of this gorgeous automobile. Loads of Youtube video evaluations can be found that go in to rather more element. My earlier expertise with Tesla autos contains driving 4 totally different Mannequin S fashions plus a trip in a Mannequin X.  This was my first time within the Mannequin 3. It has been an extended await these vehicles to get to Australia however I suppose the silver lining in such delay is that each one the bugs have been ironed out.  And there have been a number of with the early Mannequin 3s reminiscent of panel hole points that weren’t evident in any respect within the automobile I drove. Have to provide a giant shout out to The Menu Firm (themenucompany.com.au) for trusting me with its new automobile!

There have been a number of issues to arrange reminiscent of auto-pilot, driving place and so on. earlier than I obtained going. It dealt with fantastically with a ‘planted’ really feel on the street and the pickup was as legendary as everybody who has pushed a Tesla has skilled. It’s breathtaking in acceleration regardless of it being the ‘slower’ model (we drove the Mannequin 3 Normal Plus). Maybe after they begin arriving early subsequent 12 months we’ll get a possibility to attempt the Efficiency mannequin.

When this automobile was introduced over three years in the past MEC speculated it is likely to be as essential a automobile because the Ford Mannequin T was in its period. Driving it over the weekend did nothing to decrease these early expectations. Throughout our time with the automobile it had over the air (OTA) updates drop by which successfully meant the automobile is a greater model of itself than when it was first purchased! Another producers have taken this important leaf from Tesla’s e book and included OTA updates for their very own fashions. OTA is a kind of important important options with out which different EVs on this worth bracket are actually sub par.

So what about charging – after all we nonetheless see the naysayers complain about ‘hours to cost’. We took it to a Sydney supercharger and went from round 50% to 80% in about 11mins. It actually was no massive deal. House charging does take longer after all  however with most vehicles sitting idle 90% of the time this isn’t a problem for almost all of individuals.  Plug and overlook – takes all of ten seconds and no smelly petrol stations to take care of and a lot cheaper to gas (round 1 / 4 to a 3rd the price of petrol for equal distance).

Any downsides? None that we may discover within the restricted time we had with the automobile. The display screen was extraordinarily responsive and really intuitive. The one grievance can be the value – it’s nonetheless an costly automobile by Australian requirements. That’s as a lot to do with the trade price for the Aussie greenback as the rest. ICE vehicles on this worth bracket are principally a waste of cash and an funding in outdated tech that would transform a stranded asset over the approaching years. There isn’t a going again the place the sort of fashionable electrical tech is worried. It’s the future and it’s right here already. Like its new proprietor I assumed the Mannequin 3 was the perfect automobile I’d ever pushed – sure even together with the Mannequin S autos beforehand pushed (oops sorry Mannequin S homeowners). Thanks as soon as once more The Menu Firm !


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December 2022