I’m down for a Tesla Model 3 — are you?

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That’s me, Christof Demont-Heinrich, shortly after my first ‘test’ drive of my brother’s Tesla Model S way back in 2012.

editors-blog-entry3So, after talking ‘smack’ about how I was going to get a Chevy Bolt — because it’s almost certain to arrive earlier in Colorado than the Tesla Model 3 — I changed my mind, and I put a $1,000 deposit down on a Model 3.

Actually, my brother, who owns a Tesla Model S P85, went online last night — the first night that the public could reserve a Model 3 — and put “me” down for a Model 3.

As a current Tesla owner — he’s had a Model S in his garage since December 2012 — my brother supposedly has priority in the cue for the Model 3. This, I’m hoping, will mean that I have at least a slight chance — well, okay, it might actually be a slight chance in hell ­čśë — of driving around in a Model 3 in about a year.

Here’s my dilemma: I’ve got a 2014 Nissan LEAF that I began leasing in Feb. 2014. It’s a great car — but NOT a great ONLY car, and, since I went through a divorce during the past two years, the LEAF has become my ONLY car.

What does this have to do with the Chevy Bolt and the Model 3?

Electric cars are quicker, quieter, smoother, 100 percent more environmentally friendly when fueled by renewable energy, and just WAYYYY more fun to drive than gas cars.

Well…basically, I NEVER want to own, or lease, a gas stinker again. Not. EVER!

And, no, I don’t care if that makes me ‘arrogant’, or ‘stupid’ in your eyes.

It’s just how it is with me.

Electric cars are quicker, quieter, smoother, 100 percent more environmentally friendly when fueled by renewable energy, and just WAYYYY more fun to drive than gas cars.

I was able to extend my two-year lease on the LEAF into a three-year lease. However, that only takes me to Feb. 2017.

And, even though I’m higher on the Tesla Model 3 cue now, thanks to help from my brother — Thank U Thomas ­čÖé — I’m 99.9 percent sure I will not have a Model 3 by Feb. 2017. Indeed, I could be waiting until Sept. 2017, or longer, for my Model 3.

Goodbye to gas — forever!
I do need a car to get around though — and, remember, I’m determined NOT to EVER buy or lease any gas car again, not even a gas clunker!!!

Yes, I am a stubborn bastard ;-), am I not?

This is what was pushing me to the Bolt, which probably will be here in Colorado as early as January 2017. What pushes me away from the Bolt and toward a Tesla are two things –>

1. Teslas are just cooler and better than anything made by GM.

2. The Supercharger network (assuming that I can get paid access to it). In fact, it is the Supercharger network — which turns the Model 3 into a true long-distance car — which makes it EASILY trump the Bolt. Are you listening GM? Unfortunately, I bet you are NOT listening, because you are STILL not fundamentally committed to electric cars and you are STILL in the pocket of BIG OIL, at least partially. Sigh….



So, I’m psyched about being on the list for a Model 3, and being higher up in the cue than I would otherwise be, thanks to my brother. But I’m not sure what I’m going to do to cover those six, nine, 12 months (please don’t let it be more!)┬ábetween the time my three-year lease on my 2014 LEAF runs out, and when I actually get a Model 3 in my hands.

Again, I absolutely REFUSE to buy/lease a gas car, even a clunker, ever again.

When it comes to car ownership –>

I. Am. Done. With. Gas. Forever.

Car sharing seems like a decent option perhaps. I’d be driving gas for awhile — but I wouldn’t “own” the car.

For now, though, I’m just very excited about getting a Tesla — finally!

Sorry, GM.