I’ve had my BMW Z4 for over fifteen years, and in that time, I’ve learned so much about the internal combustion engine (ICE). I tinkered with its components, upgraded so many parts, repaired and maintained that thing with so much care! I commuted to high school, college, and medical school spending so much time behind the wheel of that car… ah… it’s hard to let go! But at this point, the Z4 is worth far less than the cost of maintaining it. It’s time for a change.
Beginning a new chapter in my life as an attending physician, I wanted to use this opportunity to purchase a car I’ve had my eyes on for quite some time – the Tesla Model 3. Unlike ICE vehicles, Teslas arguably get BETTER with time due to software improvements. They have far less moving parts, and diagnostics can usually be performed over the Internet without having to take it in. Definitely important given my limited free time. Plus with other eco-friendly things I’m trying to partake in, this is a welcome addition! 🙂
When I first test drove the Model 3 before my Australia/New Zealand vacation, the only obvious difference in the driving experience was regenerative braking. I’m accustomed to “coasting” once I release the gas pedal, but as soon as I let up on the accelerator in the Tesla, the brakes immediately engage to recover kinetic energy. It’ll take some time to get used to!
As far as the technology, well if you know how much of a nerd I am, than this choice of vehicle comes as no surprise. Simple, elegant, and functional! 😀 Tesla also just introduced software version 10 which includes Spotify integration! Perfect timing! 🙂
As an added bonus, I’ll have two years of unlimited, free super charging from Tesla. My apartment complex also has a designated parking area to rapid charge electric vehicles for free too.
Here are some pictures of my first day with Nova – September 30, 2019!