Should you join the Tesla club? Nine things to know before you buy the popular electric car

Tesla is bucking the car-buying trend by getting rid of traditional dealerships. Instead, Tesla has 27 “stores” in the UK. Rather than glass and metal palaces crammed with cars, Tesla Stores are intimate spaces with a few cars on display.

But you can’t buy cars there. The in-store product specialists simply tell you everything you need to know. They then go away and set up an account. With it you can book a test drive, specify your car, order and finally pay via the website.

However, like any other automaker, Tesla is being hit by the semiconductor shortage. Order a new Model 3 now and receive delivery in August at the earliest.

How much does a Tesla cost?

That depends on which model you choose. Prices for a two-wheel drive Model 3 start at £45,990. Model Y prices start at £54,990, with Model S costing over £100,000. The running costs vary depending on where you charge the car. Charge it up at home (Tesla will sell you a wall charger for £449) and you can expect to do a full charge from empty for around £7. At a public Supercharger, a Model 3 charging up to 80 per cent costs £21 to £26. Tesla also offers Over The Air (OTA) updates, where owners are notified by their app that their car needs a software update.

Buy an older (pre-March 2018) Tesla Model S or X, and you can also pay £1,700 to have the in-car infotainment system updated. This results in a faster, more responsive touchscreen. Initially, electric cars were daunting at holding their value. Teslas buck this trend. Driving Electric estimates that after three years, or 36,000 miles, a Tesla Model S Performance Ludicrous will retain about 60 percent of its value.

Am I going out of power on the Autobahn?

Teslas are known for having longer ranges than competing electric cars. The Model S has an estimated range of 396 miles, and the Model Y has a range of 331 miles between charges.

If you need to charge on the go, there are 5,000 Tesla Superchargers in Europe and 300 in the UK, most of them at motorway service stations. But what happens when the Supercharger you want is full? It will not take long. First of all, a charge for up to 172 miles takes only 15 minutes.

And if someone stays connected after charging, they’ll pay what’s known as “idle charges” of 50p a minute. Should you join the Tesla club? Nine things to know before you buy the popular electric car

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