At the end of 2018 we were looking around for a replacement for our Skoda Octavia. A very nice car, but as we are almost commute to work by bicycle and train, the car is a not making lots of kilometers. Then a diesel car not to expensive to have in operation.
But what next
A few years ago we had installed solar panels, may be an electric car? The downside was always the actieradius of the a full battery. I was always amazed by Tesla and their different approach on electric cars. They really disrupt the car industry. But the price….
End of 2018 there was new promising models on the market in the Netherlands. Hyundai has their Kona and their sister company Kia has a bit larger e-Niro. Both with a ideal range around 400 km. Now we are talking 😉
And the price was very attractive, below 50.000 euros. Which gives you here in the Netherlands a very attractive tax cut.
Will I fit
The next step was to see if I fit in the car, and my kids could still sit comfortably at the back bench. In the Kia that was the case. So we did a test drive.
Driving electric is very different experience compared to the traditional cars. In short we made a reservation for the next batch, expected end of 2019. No problem at that time.
Times goes on
In the first half year we did not expect any news from Kia about our e-Niro. After our great vacation through Central America we returned end of August back home.
I was wondering what the status of our reservation. Still no good news. They have really delivery problems, to keep up with the demand. Especially after the government has announced new plans around the popular electric cars.
As Kia good not meet the expectations I was reading about other electric cars. And there was Tesla again. Their Model 3 was very popular as their other models.
In 2019 they decreased the price below the important 50.000 level, but the most important thing was THEY COULD DELIVER.
So we went to Tesla in Amsterdam, because the first requirement was that I must fit with enough room for the rest of the family. I was really surprised by inner room of the Model 3. I could easily fit in the driver seat, and it leaves enough room in the back so my 15 years, not so short, daughter could sit comfortable. Will I get a real Tesla of my own??
Lets order the car
So fast forward, I ordered the car. A Standard Range, which easily meets our range requirements.
At Tesla almost everything goes through your account. Upload of required documents and so on.
Will it be delivered
Yesterday I received a SMS, and later an email, that next Saturday I am invite to get my Tesla Model 3 at the Tesla Delivery Center in Tilburg.
Now it is time to read the manual and looking at video’s about what to expect and how to drive the car.
A very good blog, in Dutch, about everything around a Model 3
Tesla has a referral program to promote Tesla. If you order through such a referral URL you get free Tesla supercharger kilometers. But also the person who’s referral code you use will get extra supercharger kilometers. Very nice program.
So if you want to order a Tesla, feel free to use my referral code 😉