There’s a Tesla Model 3 parked next to my Chevy Bolt

A Tesla Model 3 parked next to my red 2017 Chevy Bolt (in the background) at a Littleton, Colo. RTD light rail parking lot. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]
editor's blog logoI took the Regional Transportation District (RTD) light rail from Littleton to the Colorado Rockies game last night (the Rockies got plastered by the L.A. Dodgers, 12-4, BTW). I parked at the Mineral RTD parking lot, which is the very end/beginning of the so-called “D” and “C” lines here in the Denver area.

And, what do you know?

The spot I found was right next to a brand new Tesla Model 3!


That’s the first time that’s happened. But I’m guessing it will start happening more and more.

In fact, even before the news stories came out about Tesla selling around 10,000 electric cars, mostly Model 3s, in April 2018, I was predicting to myself that within six to 12 months I would be seeing a lot more Model 3s around the Denver area than Bolts, of which I have seen relatively few — although three of us at my Unitarian Church have Bolts, thanks in large part to my proselytizing about electric cars 😉

Why do I think there will be way more Model 3s, eventually, than Chevy Bolts?

Tesla’s got cache that the other car makers do not. Part of this comes from the Elon Musk factor, part of it from the fact that no other car manufacturer builds ONLY electric cars.

That matters. It matters quite a lot because, up to now, the big traditional automakers (with Nissan being sort of an exception) have mostly paid lip attention to producing electric cars in massive volumes, pledging to do this, that and the other in the future, but, so far, not having reached Tesla levels of commitment to electric cars.

ONLY Tesla has put out electric cars exclusively, only Tesla has exclusively dedicated itself to EVs AND to renewable energy and their synergy. And ONLY Tesla has bothered to defeat the LONE remaining advantage gassers have over electric cars: The long-distance road trip.

Thanks to the Tesla SuperCharger Network, which includes 600+ stations in the United States alone, you can easily drive around America in your Tesla (assuming that you stay on the interstate highways, of course).

Ultimately, I would have preferred a Tesla Model 3 to my Chevy Bolt, which I do like very much. But the Bolt came out earlier here in Denver. I got mine in September 2017.

More important, the Bolt can be had for A LOT less than the Model 3, at least the versions of the Model 3 that have been so far made available by Tesla.

The big difference, really, is the lease Chevy offers: Without the lease option, I would have been hard-pressed to afford a Bolt.

With it + a $2,500 State of Colorado EV tax credit (which covered the cost of my Bolt down payment that included the first month’s lease bill), I am paying just $338 per month across 39 months. This to drive a BRAND NEW car that goes 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, is much more environmentally friendly than any gasser, and which is simply way MORE FUN to drive than any gasoline car I’ve ever driven.

Who says electric cars are “too expensive”? [Answer: Only people stuck in their ways and not willing to look at electric cars because they’d rather believe negative, and inaccurate, stereotypes about EVs — so that they can continue to send $2,000+ per year to Big Oil and blindly refuse the opportunity to SAVE lots of money by switching from gas to electric!]

In any case, I am stoked that I got to park next to a Model 3 yesterday. I’m hoping it will become a regular occurrence for me in the Denver area, and for Bolt owners in other places around the United States — and around the world.

Electric cars of the world, unite! 😉